09/30/2004 11:00PM

Louisiana: Blackberry back to dirt


Both of Blackberry's career wins have come at six furlongs on dirt, and those are the conditions she will get in the featured ninth race at Louisiana Downs.

An entry-level allowance, the race drew nine fillies and mares.

Blackberry made a rare start on turf last out and finished off the board, but before that won over six furlongs at Louisiana Downs. She shows a sharp four-furlong work for the surface switch for her trainer, Terrance Dunlavy, who wins at a 38 percent rate with his turf-to-dirt starters. John Jacinto, who has ridden Blackberry in her last three starts, has the return call for owner Jo Ann Luedtke.

Blackberry is a daughter of Petionville, and she won her maiden at Oaklawn in January.

Her chief rivals include Punchin' Gal, who has not been off the board in her last seven starts. She, too, will move back to dirt, site of her maiden win, after finishing third as the favorite last out in the same entry-level allowance that Blackberry competed in Sept. 10.

Luis Quinonez has the mount for trainer Terry Brennan.

Others of note in the field include Comeawaywithme, who was second at this classification last time, and Stang Thirtysix, who shows some nice works for her first start since March. Stang Thirtysix, who is trained by the Bret Calhoun, will get the services of leading rider Lonnie Meche.