03/22/2009 11:00PM

Milligan has filly sharp for sprint outing


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - A first-level allowance sprint for fillies and mares on the first Wednesday card of the Oaklawn Park meet is not an easy read. The field of six includes a quality comebacker in Theycallmeladyluck, a sharp filly on the rise in Conga Queen, and a turnback prospect in Prenuptial Vow, who can take advantage if the top two go at it on the front end.

"I hope she's sitting in behind them," said Allen Milligan, who trains Prenuptial Vow. "That's when she runs her best race."

Milligan leads the Oaklawn standings heading into the final three weeks of the meet, when the track will have two more Wednesday cards, on April 1 and 8. The season wraps April 11.

Between now and then, Milligan will attempt to maintain his three-win lead at the top of the trainer standings over Steve Hobby and Jorge Lara. Prenuptial Vow can help his cause. She is cutting back from a mile to six furlongs and was sharpened by breezing a half-mile in 50 seconds here Saturday.

"She worked awesome," Milligan said of the drill, in which the filly finished strongly. "I look for her to run her race."

Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount on Prenuptial Vow, who drew post 6.

Theycallmeladyluck has not run since Feb. 2, 2008, when she rolled to a 10 3/4-length win in a maiden special weight sprint at Oaklawn. A handful of small physical setbacks kept her from the races, said her trainer, Kelly Von Hemel.

"She's been working good, and I expect her to run good," he said.

Theycallmeladyluck earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93 for her maiden win, the best last-race Beyer Figure in the field. She drew post 3 and will be ridden by Tim Doocy.

To Theycallmeladyluck's immediate outside is Conga Queen, who is moving into the allowance ranks following back-to-back front-running wins. She rolled home by 10 lengths in a $20,000 maiden claimer Feb. 7, then took a $35,000 conditioned claimer by a length March 5. Conga Queen is trained by Joe Petalino and will be ridden by Bryan McNeil, connections who have won at a 22 percent rate when teamed together this meet at Oaklawn.

Jones Time, who was second at this level last time; Jovial Monarch, a strong closer; and Ego Mania, who owns some competitive Beyers, round out the field Wednesday.

* There is a $9,226 pick six carryover for Wednesday.