07/10/2002 11:00PM

Louisiana Downs track report


Little Angel should benefit from a return to the main track in Saturday's $40,000 Suthern Accent Stakes at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

The six-furlong race for fillies and mares drew seven, including Princess Jen, a strong closer looking for her first stakes win; Outofnowhere, upset winner of the $25,000 Majorette Handicap last year at Louisiana Downs; Idadidit, who has won three of her last four starts for trainer Ron Moquett; and Raymond's Dream, second as the favorite last out in the $30,000 Tellike Handicap at Evangeline Downs.

Little Angel made a rare appearance on turf in her last start, finishing a troubled fifth in the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park. The return to dirt should suit her well as she is a six-time winner on the main track, with her last stakes victory on the surface coming in the $50,000 Yellow Rose at Sam Houston Race Park in December.

Earlier this year, Little Angel was a powerful allowance winner on dirt at Lone Star. Trainer Kevin Martin has given the mount to jockey Gerard Melancon.

Guy Smith, the leading rider at Louisiana Downs, will be aboard Outofnowhere, who finished fifth last out in a fast allowance at Lone Star. The race was her first start in six months, and she figures to move forward in her second start back for trainer Charles Eanes.

Another reason to like Outofnowhere is that she can stalk the pace, and it appears she could get honest fractions to chase as Little Angel, Idadidit, and Eagle Lake like to race on the lead.

Others who would benefit from a duel are Princess Jen, and Raymond's Dream, who closed for second in the Tellike behind Highhopesemilyluck, the 3-year-old filly who won the $40,000 Fantasia Stakes for statebreds last Sunday at Louisiana Downs.