08/01/2007 11:00PM

Mini Mom faces males in Horizon


Mini Mom will take on the boys for the first time in the $50,000 Horizon Stakes for 3-year-old Ohio-accredited horses at River Downs.

The Ohio juvenile filly champion last year, Mini Mom has won two Ohio-bred stakes against her own gender this year, the Tomboy and the Cincinnatian, both at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Horizon.

Ohio-accredited is a more restrictive condition than Ohio-bred, as horses must not only be foaled in Ohio but also sired by an Ohio stallion and out of a dam that resides in the state.

Mini Mom was impressive winning the Tomboy on the turf May 19, then came back to win the Cincinnatian on July 1 when it was taken off the turf and run on the main track. She dominated the accredited fillies by six lengths that day.

Trainer Tim Hamm hopes Mini Mom rebounds from her poor performance in the Queen City Oaks last out, when she finished a distant sixth. A return to the turf should be to her liking, as her lifetime high Beyer, a 79, was earned in the Tomboy.

Trainer Kris Nemann sends out two that could give Mini Mom a challenge. Play the Hero has 2 wins and

2 seconds in 4 turf starts and Never Forget has 2 seconds in 4 turf attempts. Never Forget bled in his last start, June 16.

Seven of the 12 starters will be trying the turf for the first time.