10/15/2011 12:49PM

Laurel: Champagne Dancer seeks third straight win

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Champagne Victory comes into Tuesday's turf feature at Laurel Park off a head victory in a first-level allowance on Sept. 15.

Lightly raced 3-year-old filly Champagne Dancer and 26-race veteran mare Idle Talk look like prime contenders in Tuesday’s turf feature at Laurel Park.

Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on grass, the eighth race drew a full field of 14 fillies and mares eligible for a second-level allowance or a claiming price of $20,000 to $25,000.

Champagne Dancer will be looking for her third straight win after scoring by 5 1/4 lengths against maidens at Colonial Downs and coming back two months later to get up by a head in a first-level allowance at Laurel. Her Sept. 15 victory turned out to be a key race with three-next out winners. Runner-up Fur Lined took a $20,000 claimer with a 72 Beyer Speed Figure, third-place Magical Merry won for a $25,000 tag with a 68 Beyer, and the 10th-place horse, Favored Lady, won for $10,000 with a 66 Beyer.

In another positive sign, Champagne Dancer’s Beyers show a steady rise (66-69-70). Her trainer, Graham Motion, shows an 11-for-53 record (21 percent) with fillies and mares who won last time out showing three straight ascending Beyers.

The 5-year-old Idle Talk tends to follow one good race with another. Of the five times she has finished in the money on turf and returned within 30 days, Idle Talk has produced three wins. She is coming back less than three weeks after outrunning her 45-1 odds to get second, beaten 1 1/2 lengths, at this same level.

Idle Talk is one of three horses entered for the optional claiming tag and will run for the lowest possible price, $20,000. She has already won at this level twice.

Wacked Out returns to a turf route for the first time since she beat similar competition going a mile at Penn National on Aug. 26. She then ran poorly on dirt and was a distant third of five sprinting on grass.

Simple Songs is back at the same level where she was beaten two lengths or less in back-to-back starts in August and September. She comes off a dull performance going 1 1/8 miles in the Maryland Million Ladies.

If the race gets moved to the main track, favoritism would shift to Carrietta, one of two entered for the main track only. She has 5 wins and 3 seconds in 8 starts since March, including a first-level allowance win going a mile at Laurel last time out.