03/09/2007 12:00AM

Livia B Quick takes softer spot


NEW ORLEANS - Trainer Alice Cohn entered Livia B Quick for the Bienville Stakes Saturday and also in Sunday's feature race at Fair Grounds, a second-level turf allowance sprint for fillies and mares.

Cohn scratched out of the Bienville for Sunday's 5 1/2-furlong race, even though she would have rather had Livia B Quick finish third in that race than win this one.

"The main reason she was in the Bienville was to try to get some black type for her breeding career," said Cohn. "She drew the 12 hole in a pretty salty race, so she would have had to run the race of her life to get third."

Livia B Quick ran sixth behind Bienville favorite Smitty's Sunshine in the Leggio Memorial here Jan. 13.

"She lost all chance at the gate when she didn't break well in that race," said Cohn.

Livia B Quick was entered back in a race similar to Sunday's on Feb. 19. Livia B Quick made the lead in the stretch that day but gave way to Kindling in the final furlong. Apprentice Joe Talamo rode her then, and this time Cohn named Emma-Jayne Wilson to ride, but the switch had nothing to do with the second-place finish.

"They're both great riders," said Cohn. "Joe did a great job on her. We were going to ride him back here, but he had another commitment, which later fell through. But once we named Emma to ride, I didn't want to take the mount away from her. I don't like to do that."

The race drew a full field of 12, which didn't surprise Cohn.

"There aren't many opportunities between now and the summer to run in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance," said Cohn. "They traditionally don't write them at Keeneland, and if they write them at Churchill it's usually not until June."

Livia B Quick's main rival is another horse who was entered in the Bienville, Game N Laughin'. A Distorted Humor filly trained by Alvin Sider, she came into the meet looking like a professional maiden but has come to hand in her last two starts, wiring a field of maidens last month, then returning to win a first-level allowance. She may have company on the front end this time in Leestown Light, a Louisiana-bred filly who beat statebreds in the Sarah Lane's Oates Handicap as a 2-year-old.

Grand Theft, Cape Sunset, Tale of the Devil, and Mudder Mary all finished behind Livia B Quick last out. The only other horse in the race with turf experience is Pooletta, who finished second in a couple of turf sprints at Arlington last summer.