08/20/2009 11:00PM

Lumpsinmyoatmeal figures tough in Laddie


SHAKOPEE, Minn. - The Minnesota Thoroughbred Association Stallion Auction Laddie and Lassie stakes offer breeders who patronize local stallions a chance to race for added money. The $35,000 Laddie and Lassie fields are restricted to 3-year-olds who are progeny of stallions whose service was sold at the December 2004 MTA Stallion Auction.

The 6 1/2-furlong Laddie Stakes fielded seven entrants, and favoritism should fall squarely on Lumpsinmyoatmeal, a son of the Minnesota-based stallion Late Edition. Purchased by Dan Kjorsvik and the Caliber Racing Stable from the MTA 2-year-olds in training sale last season, Lumpsinmyoatmeal won his maiden in his first start but couldn't maintain that form through the summer. Transferred to trainer Coty Rosin this season, Lumpsinmyoatmeal has steadily improved, and he finished a close second in allowance company in each of his last two starts. Leading rider Dean Butler has the assignment in the Laddie.

Mack's Blackhawk and Our Reuben loom as the strongest threats to the favorite in the Laddie Stakes, each having won his last start. Ry Eikleberry has the call on Our Reuben. Paul Nolan rides Mack's Blackhawk.

Lassie: 'Launch' brings solid form

Launch Light Girl, an Iowa-bred daughter of Bright Launch, should be favored in the MTA Stallion Auction Lassie on the strength of her form against Iowa-bred company. She has never finished worse than second in six career starts. She will face six rivals in the Lassie. Her form in sprint races suggests Launch Light Girl will be stalking the pace in this 6 1/2-furlong contest. Perry Compton makes the trip from Prairie Meadows to ride for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

Brook Ghazer might be the runner everyone has to catch. A winner of two races at this meeting, Brook Ghazer finished a creditable fourth in the Frances Genter Stakes and second while trying open allowance company in her most recent outing. Paul Nolan rides for trainer Troy Bethke.