11/05/2005 12:00AM

Lady Pegasus is the people's pick


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Racing on Election Day is a longstanding autumn tradition at Churchill Downs. True to form, a 10-race card is on tap Tuesday, even though the only votes being cast will be on horses at Churchill.

Indeed, there is no election Tuesday in Louisville - one surefire sign being the conspicuous lack of campaign advertisements on local television and radio in recent weeks. Still, Churchill held up its end of the annual bargain by putting forth yet another card with predominantly large fields.

The feature is a $53,700, second-level allowance sprint for fillies and mares, and the polls are likely to show Lady Pegasus with the greatest support. Trained by Bobby Frankel, and with David Flores to ride, Lady Pegasus will be looking to snap a modest three-race losing streak when taking what amounts to a sizable class drop in the ninth of 10 races.

, a 3-year-old by Fusaichi Pegasus, reeled off impressive back-to-back triumphs in the spring, easily winning a Churchill maiden race during Kentucky Derby week before knocking out her first allowance condition in early June at Belmont Park. Since then, Lady Pegasus has mostly struggled, although all three of those latest losses have come in stakes company, including the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Test.

Lady Pegasus will start from post 5 in a field of nine in the six-furlong feature.

If not Lady Pegasus, then the feature could go the way of Bird Harbor, who earlier this year posted a Beyer Speed Figure of 97; Ritzy, a Carl Nafzger-trained filly who figures to do her best running late; Shiny Dancer, a former low-level claimer who keeps overachieving while climbing the class ladder; and Fat Chants, who looked good winning a maiden race here in the spring.

The rest of the field is Ready and Tough, Marina Light, Mae Hap, and Granny's Pride.

, trained by Reynaldo Abreu, has the most appealing pedigree in the field. Her dam, Dearest Gulch, is a half-sister to retired standouts Bird Town, the 2003 Kentucky Oaks winner, and Birdstone, the 2004 Belmont Stakes winner.

The Tuesday program also includes a $50,600, first-level allowance route (race 8) and a starter-allowance (race 3) for filly and mare turf runners in which Bridal Path, a recent winner of a second-level allowance at Keeneland, figures as a solid favorite. First post is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.