01/05/2005 1:00AM

Janeian gets third crack at 'Princess'

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There are reasons to believe that Janeian (above) can beat My Misty Princess on Friday.

NEW ORLEANS - Janeian will attempt to exact revenge on My Misty Princess in Friday's feature race at Fair Grounds, a $36,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Winner of the Grade 3 Royal Heroine at Hollywood Park in July, Janeian was the beaten favorite in her last two starts at Lone Star Park; My Misty Princess finished first in both of those races. In her last start, the Bluebonnet Stakes, Janeian was wide throughout and finished fourth. Two starts back, in the Yellow Rose Breeders' Cup, she was boxed in from the quarter pole to the three-sixteenths pole, finished third, and then was placed second after My Misty Princess, who finished first, was disqualified to fourth.

"In the Yellow Rose, for sure she was in trouble," said trainer Bret Calhoun "I thought she was the best horse that day. The next out she didn't run too well. That was Breeders' Cup weekend. It rained and the track was soft. She never picked up the bit."

A 7-year-old New Zealand-bred mare, Janeian has earned $364,754 with a 9-6-6 record in 34 starts. She will carry 120 pounds Friday, including Eddie Martin Jr., and receive two pounds from My Misty Princess. Janeian gave My Misty Princess four pounds in the Bluebonnet.

My Misty Princess is talented, but difficult to handle in the stretch. In the Bluebonnet she drifted out but still prevailed by a nose. In the Yellow Rose, she interfered with Janeian while lugging in and was placed fourth. A 5-year-old Acceptable mare, My Misty Princess will be ridden by Jamie Theriot.

Flager, beaten favorite in the off-the-turf Furl Sail Handicap in her last start, is a 6-year-old turf mare by Southern Halo. She has registered 5 wins in 13 grass starts and finished second in the 2003 running of the Furl Sail.

Bijou, a 6-year-old Cozzene mare, has been competing against top company in New York and Kentucky and will be ridden by Robby Albarado.

Stakes winners galore in allowance

The fourth race on the card, a $38,000 optional claimer at a mile and 40 yards on the dirt, drew only six contestants. Spectacular Lisa, a 5-year-old Formal Gold mare, has been off since last March, but won the Chou Croute Handicap at Fair Grounds last year and has been working steadily for trainer Michael Stidham.

Salzurita, a 7-year-old Argentine-bred, is also a stakes winner, as is Slewpy's Storm, a 4-year-old Storm Creek filly. Liz on Polk Street has won her last two races, including an impressive sprint score in her first start at Fair Grounds last month. An A.P. Indy filly, she should run well on the stretch-out.

Gold Storm vs. Clock Stopper

Two horses who ran in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Gold Storm and Clock Stopper, will square off in what is shaping up as the best race of the Fair Grounds meet Sunday, the $60,000 Colonel Power Handicap at six furlongs on the dirt. Clock Stopper, a 5-year-old son of Gilded Time, finished third in the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial at Pimlico in his last start, giving him five placings in graded stakes in 2004 without a victory.

"We would like to get a win to get his confidence back up," said trainer Dallas Stewart.

Gold Storm, who was scratched from the Thanksgiving Day Handicap on opening day and has been brought along carefully by trainer Bubba Cascio, breezed a half-mile in 47.40 seconds Wednesday morning in his last work for the race.

Ole Rebel, winner of the Thanksgiving Day Handicap, is also expected in the Colonel Power, along with Mountain General, who holds the six-furlong track record of 1:08.03 at Fair Grounds. Also possible is Beau's Town, who was third, beaten a head, in the Thanksgiving Day Handicap.

Vazquez snaps out of slump

Trainer Gamaliel Vazquez was on edge during Monday's eighth race at Fair Grounds. He stood nervously in front of the television set by the paddock as his horse, Read Me My Rights, tracked the early pace. When Corey Lanerie sent Read Me My Rights to the lead at the head of the stretch, Vazquez leaped and began shouting, "Keep going, keep going," as if to will his horse across the line. When the race was over he sprinted out to the track to greet Read Me My Rights as if she had just won a stakes.

"I needed that," said Vazquez. "I've been on a frustrating run, my horses have been getting into trouble, finishing second and third. I'm hoping this is a turnaround race for me."

Vazquez was obviously frustrated by the bad luck Rush into Heaven encountered in the seventh, when he was shut off in the stretch and forced to the outside, then finished strongly for second. Even worse, the horse was claimed out of the race.

"It was a disappointment," he said, "but we're hoping things get better."