10/05/2005 11:00PM

Lady Cosmo tops full field in Lady Luck


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Interest is running high for Saturday's Lady Luck Stakes as 14 2-year-olds fillies were entered in the one-mile test over the turf. The field will be limited to 12.

Heading up the large cast is . Third in the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama in her last start, a race that was rained off the turf and onto the main track, Lady Cosmo will get clear skies on Saturday and therefore a return to the surface she won her maiden over late in the summer. Despite not having the best of trips in the La Senorita and racing over a surface she was not that familiar with, Lady Cosmo still turned in a respectable performance. Trainer John Locke continues to keep Lady Cosmo, a daughter of Silver Hawk, busy in the mornings, including a mile workout on Sept. 30. Top turf rider E.J. Perrodin will handle the riding chores.

, who hails from the powerful barn of Steve Asmussen, was an impressive winner at first asking at Retama Park on Sept. 9. The resulting 65 Beyer Speed Figure rates as one of the highest in the field, and a repeat of that effort will go a long way in getting her involved. She will be coupled with Double Faced, if that one should draw in off the also-eligibles. Lonnie Meche has been named on both halves of the entry.

, never worse than second in her three-race career, including a victory in the Silver Spur Breeders' Cup over the Lone Star Park main track in July, will make her turf debut in the Lady Luck. Trained by C.R. Trout, she was given most of the second half of the summer off before fiishing second in allowance company at Remington Park two weeks ago. Luis Quinonez has the call.

Many bettors will be willing to give Ana Taylor the benefit of the doubt following a 10th-place effort in the off-the-turf La Senorita. A Gold Legend filly, she qualified for the La Senorita with authority, drawing off to win her trial by an expanding 4 1/2 lengths. That effort was her only grass start, and a return to turf Saturday will no doubt produce improvement. Carlos Gonzalez rides for trainer Jim Hudson.