09/20/2007 11:00PM

Jp'shanna inning all over the place

EmailERIE, Pa. - When Jp'shanna won the first 4 1/2-furlong race ever run at Presque Isle Downs last Sunday, she made it six victories in a row, at five different tracks, in five different states.

She began her win streak for a $30,000 claiming tag at Indiana Downs in June. It was after that race that owner Ronald Burch and trainer Justin Atkins bought her privately. Jp'shanna has since won five $5,000 starter allowance races. She has won twice at River Downs in Ohio, once at Mountaineer Race Track in West Virginia, once at Ellis Park in Kentucky, and now once here.

Atkins, 24, has had his trainer's license for only eight months, and this is only the third horse he has trained. Prior to going out on his own, he worked for Mike Maker, Bernie Flint, Steve Cahill, and Steve Tippett, his stepfather. Atkins was based at River Downs this summer and is now stabled at Turfway Park.

Atkins is considering a starter allowance race for Jp'shanna on Oct.o5 at Mountaineer.

"We'll give her a little time between races, a couple of weeks, and then she'll let me know when she is ready," Atkins said.

Mena hottest jockey at meet

Miguel Mena continues to dominate the jockey standings at Presque Isle. Mena had 22 victories in the first 16 days of racing, nine ahead of runner-up Corey Lanerie. He has won races for 17 trainers. Mena's mounts have earned $1,041,265 at the meet through Wednesday.

Mena, 20, is a graduate of the Jorge Bernardini Yori Jockey School in Peru, the same school that produced Edgar Prado and Rafael Bejarano. Mena came to the United States from Peru in August 2003 and rode at Calder Race Course in south Florida for seven months. He then moved his tack to the Chicago circuit for two years. Mena switched to the Kentucky circuit last summer.

When this meet closes Sept. 29, Mena will move his tack to Keeneland, and then to Churchill for the fall meet.

Super Frolic euthanized

Super Frolic, the favorite in the Sept. 15 Presque Isle Mile, has been euthanized, according to Darren Fleming, assistant to Steve Asmussen.

Super Frolic, 7, sustained a sesamoid fracture on the backstretch of the Mile. Super Frolic won the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup in 2005 and finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic that year. He won 11 of 43 starts and earned more than $1.4 million.

Jurado injured in spill

Jockey Enrique Jurado sustained shoulder, knee and wrist injuries when the 3-year-old filly he was riding, Risk Assessment, broke down after winning the fourth race on Thursday.

Jurado, 30, fell forward over the head of Risk Assessment, and she then rolled over him. Jurado was taken by ambulance to Hamot Medical Center in Erie. Risk Assessment was euthanized on the track, the third horse to die as a result of injuries from a race in the first 17 days of the 25-day meet.

Presque Isle is the first track in the country to run on the synthetic Tapeta surface.

Mountaineer shippers do well

A total of 29 racetracks or training centers have been represented by winners at the meet. Horses that last raced at Mountaineer have won more than those from any other track. A total of 25 winners have come from Mountaineer, with Arlington a distant second with 12.

Horses from Thistledown, Churchill Downs, Colonial, Philadelphia Park, Ellis Park, and Finger Lakes, in that order, have also fared well, producing at least seven winners each.

Four horses - Mac N Mayo, Blind River Fox, Catonight, and Indian Chant - have won two races at the meet.

* Through the first 16 days of the meet, the average win payoff here was $17.40, and the average $2 exacta payoff was $132.