12/12/2002 12:00AM

Mike's Sister peaking for Gardenia


With no filly and mare sprint on the Louisiana Champions Day card at Fair Grounds on Saturday, the $50,000 Gardenia at Delta Downs on Saturday night will fill a void. The five-furlong race for statebred fillies and mares drew a field of eight, including Mike's Sister, Fuse It, and Lettuce Loose.

Mike's Sister - one of five horses trainer Troy Young plans to start in Louisiana-bred stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Delta Downs in Vinton, La. - seems to be coming into a win. Second in her last three starts, she was getting to loose-on-the-lead winner Raymond's Dream last out when beaten a head in the $40,000 Zydeco at Delta.

"I think if she runs her last race back, she'll be tough," said Young, who noted that Raymond's Dream returned last weekend to win in a nice field in the $50,000 Golden Triangle at Delta.

Mike's Sister, who moves to post 4 after breaking from post 8 in the five-furlong Zydeco, will be ridden by C.J. Woodley. She races for Valene Farms.

Her chief threat appears to be Fuse It, the third-place finisher in the Zydeco, who gets back to dirt Saturday after finishing fifth last out in the $60,000 A.B. Leggio on turf at Fair Grounds on Dec. 7. Earlier this year, Fuse It won the $40,000 Suthern Accent on dirt at Louisiana Downs. Guy Smith has the mount for trainer Samuel Breaux.

Another to consider is Lettuce Loose, who can make an impact if she recaptures her best form. Steve Bourque will ride for trainer Doris Hebert, who is winning with 38 percent of his starters this meet at Delta.

Franks entry heads Magnolia

John Franks, a multiple Eclipse Award-winning owner, has two homebreds entered in the $30,000 Magnolia for 3-year-olds Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park, Soldier Lake and Revered Soldier. Both of them have won their last two starts and are trained by Eddie Milligan Sr.

The Magnolia, to be run over one mile and 70 yards, drew seven others, including King Zonic, winner of his last two starts; Doc D, who beat older rivals in an entry-level allowance last out at Churchill Downs; and Faxamillion, third against older statebreds last out in the $100,000 Star of Texas.

Soldier Lake, who has won 2 of 3 starts, won at the Magnolia distance in his last race, when he led throughout for a 2 1/4-length win in a conditioned allowance at Sam Houston on Nov. 15. One start before, he rallied from a stalking position to win a six-furlong maiden special weight race Oct. 31.

"He's got a lot of class about him," Milligan said of Soldier Lake, whose dam, Amalake, was a stakes winner of $203,732.

For the Magnolia, Soldier Lake should be stalking the quick Agrivating General, who will be stretching out around two turns for the first time. "He does have tactical speed," Milligan said of Soldier Lake. "He doesn't have to be on the front end."

Don Simington has been named on both halves of the entry.