07/18/2002 11:00PM

Louisiana Downs: McKinney stretchout


McKinney, who has won five of her last six starts, stretches back out around two turns in the $40,000 Delicada, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for fillies and mares at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

The Delicada goes as the fourth race with a field of five entered, including Due to Win, who captured the $75,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn on April 5, and the developing Strawbailey, who is 5 for 10 in her career for trainer Joe Offolter.

McKinney won a $12,500 starter allowance at Churchill Downs in her last start June 9, covering six furlongs in a sharp 1:10. She stretches back out around two turns Sunday with a series of smart works, and the added distance should prove no problem as she has multiple wins around two turns.

In fact, it seems winning is McKinney's greatest strength. One turn or two, turf or dirt - she has conquered it all.

"She's good at winning," said Steve Asmussen, who trains McKinney. "Really good at winning."

McKinney, who has won 9 of 20 career starts, is going for her second stakes win of the year in the Delicada. She won the $60,000 Hensen at Sunland Park in April, and will be ridden Sunday by Ron Ardoin.

Due to Win and Strawbailey both get back to the surface of their last win, the dirt, after picking up minor awards on the turf last out in the $50,000 Honeymoon at Louisiana Downs on June 29.

Due to Win is a strong closer who will be more dependent on pace than Strawbailey, who was a wire-to-wire winner the last time she raced on dirt June 16.

Later on the card, stakes winners Two Punch Sonny and Unrullah Bull meet in an optional claimer over seven furlongs that could produce starters for the $50,000 Ark-La-Tex Handicap on Aug. 3.