12/08/2004 12:00AM

'Liz on Polk' poised to win for hot trainer


NEW ORLEANS - Liz on Polk Street is likely to add another score to red-hot trainer Wayne Catalano's Fair Grounds meet Friday in the $34,000 six-furlong featured allowance race. Catalano has a pair of wins and two places in five starts at Fair Grounds.

Liz on Polk Street is a 3-year-old A.P. Indy filly out of the good racemare Silver Buck. "She's a pretty nice filly," said Catalano. "She's run some very good races."

After winning her maiden at first asking last November at Hawthorne, Liz on Polk Street was sidelined for eight months. She flashed speed in her return on July 17 at Arlington Park in an entry-level allowance before tiring to third. She cruised through the condition in her next race, Aug. 6, then finished second in a nonwinners-of-two-other-than. She was ambitiously placed in her next start Oct. 9, the Grade 3 Safely Kept Breeders Cup at Pimlico, and finished fourth.

"She was wide in that race and had trouble," said Catalano. "She was trying hard, though, and finished fourth. She really should be stakes-placed."

Liz on Polk Street dropped back into a Hawthorne allowance race Oct. 28 and won at 1-5, then shipped down to New Orleans, where she has turned in a pair of maintenance works waiting for her spot, a nonwinners-of-three-other-than allowance.

"She took to the track well," said Catalano. "She's looked good going over it."

Liz on Polk Street's main rivals appear to be Joyce Ann, a stakes-placed 5-year-old mare by Pine Bluff, and the Louisiana-bred Our Love, winner of the Majorette Handicap on turf.

The sixth race is an interesting entry-level allowance event at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Alumni News, a Neil Howard-trained 4-year-old by Belong to Me, will be making his first U.S. start after racing in grass routes in England.

Destiny Calls will run in Ladies

Trainer Gary Palmisano said that Destiny Calls has overcome the effects of a difficult prep race Nov. 27 and will run against Happy Ticket Saturday in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies. "She's back on her feed, looking bright and acting well," said Palmisano.

Destiny Calls, a 4-year-old filly by With Approval, will put her six-race winning streak on the line against the undefeated Happy Ticket, a 3-year-old filly by Anet, in what is apt to be the race of the day. "I expect they will hook up," said Palmisano. "And we'll see what happens from there."