07/06/2004 12:00AM

Leggio's steamer at Louisiana Downs


Happy Ticket looks like she might develop into something special for owner Stewart Madison and trainer Andrew Leggio Jr. She remained perfect in two starts Friday, when she rolled to a 12 1/4-length win over entry-level allowance foes at Louisiana Downs.

For her effort in the six-furlong race, Happy Ticket, a 3-year-old, earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. It was the second blowout win for Happy Ticket, who won her maiden by 9 3/4 lengths June 4.

In both races, she ran six furlongs in 1:10.40.

"Right now we like everything about her," Leggio said. "She's won both of her races pretty impressively. Mentally, she's got a good attitude. She's just a laid back filly."

Leggio also described Happy Ticket as stout. "She's beautiful," he said. "She's really a good-looking filly. She looks like something special."

Leggio said Happy Ticket, who is by Anet, will be pointed for the $70,000 Elge Rasberry for statebreds Aug. 7 at Louisiana Downs. That race will be run over seven furlongs, and though Leggio said he wants to keep Happy Ticket sprinting right now, down the line that could change.

"Her breeding says she'll go long and on the grass," Leggio said. "We've got all kinds of options."

'Merry Me' tries to stay unbeaten

Merry Me In Spring, a 3-year-old who has won both of her starts impressively, will try to remain undefeated Thursday, when she takes on a full field of fillies and mares in the ninth at Louisiana Downs.

A two-other-than allowance at a mile on turf, her chief rival is stakes winner Tincan Too.

John Jacinto rides Merry Me In Spring for trainer Sam David.

Angelica Slew also perfect

There is yet another undefeated 3-year-old filly to watch in this region.

Angelica Slew, who has won both of her starts, will be in action Thursday night at Lone Star. She will try two turns and turf for the first time in the ninth, a one-mile conditioned allowance for fillies.

Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer James McArthur.