01/18/2008 12:00AM

Jones fillies both show promise


NEW ORLEANS - Without even looking at the horses, trainer Larry Jones has better than a 28 percent chance of winning Sunday's eighth race, since he has two horses in the field of seven. Take a look at the horses, however, and his odds improve in the first-level allowance for 3-year old fillies going six furlongs on the main track.

"If one doesn't do, we thought we'll send two," said Jones. "They both look like they have bright futures ahead of them."

The two Jones runners are uncoupled in the wagering, and the more obvious of the pair is Whipporwill Creek, who won her maiden last time out. She wired the field at 5o1/2 furlongs on Dec. 7 on the main track at the Fair Grounds.

Whipporwill Creek led the whole way in that race, and held off some rivals late. She has shown improvement in each start and will be the one to beat Sunday if she improves off her last effort.

"She won here, so I know she likes the track," said Jones.

Jones's other entrant, My Heavenly Sign, looked strong winning her maiden in her third start, but followed that effort with a dismal fourth last time out. In that race, a first-level allowance at Philadelphia Park, she was beaten more than 22 lengths, but Jones believes that race can be discounted.

"She was at a really bad part of the track," said Jones. "The rail had been really bad all winter, and she was trapped down there."

My Heavenly Sign has drawn the rail again, but the rail has been a nonissue at Fair Grounds.

Also in Sunday's race is School Girl, who looks well-placed, coming back after a fourth-place finish at this condition on Dec.o31 at Fair Grounds. She met a tougher challenge that day in Maren's Meadow, and might find the company slightly less daunting in Sunday's race.

Also beaten by Maren's Meadow that day was Indy's Forum, who is in Sunday's race should go to the lead again, giving Whipporwill Creek an early challenge.

The other horse that figures is Queen Rolex, who has won of 2 of 3 lifetime starts. All of her starts have been claiming races, though, and she will have to beat better horses to make it back to the winner's circle.

"We're stepping her up a little, but she deserves a step up with the way she's been running since we claimed her," said her trainer, Connie Tassistro.