01/18/2007 12:00AM

Miss Elsie dangerous on favorite track


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Miss Elsie loved Oaklawn Park from the moment she set foot on the track, or so it would seem. She won her career debut here in February 2004, and on Saturday she can pick up her sixth victory from nine starts at Oaklawn when she runs in the $50,000 American Beauty Stakes.

A six-furlong race for fillies and mares, the American Beauty is the second stakes of the meet. Among the stakes winners in the 10-horse field are All for Fashion, Tempting Date, True Tails, and Tax Refund.

Miss Elsie became a stakes winner in July, when she drove to a two-length win in the $100,000 Light Hearted at six furlongs at Delaware Park. One start later, she was third in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga. The American Beauty will be her first start since Nov. 25, when she finished second in the $75,000 Stefanita at Laurel.

"She got beat just barely at Maryland the last time going seven furlongs," said Larry Jones, who trains Miss Elsie. "She just got caught right on the wire. So Miss Elsie is doing well, and Oaklawn is her favorite track. She's just training like a bear since she's been down here. We expect her to run well."

Miss Elsie has won at Oaklawn every season she has competed here. She won both of her starts here in 2004 and both of her starts here in 2005. Miss Elsie also won here in 2006 and ran a memorable second to eventual Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Round Pond in an allowance at Oaklawn last February.

Tempting Date and True Tails both have good speed, and Miss Elsie could get a nice tracking trip behind them.

Miss Elsie, a 6-year-old daughter of Golden Gear, races for her breeder, Nelson McMakin. She will break from post 10 under Gabriel Saez.

The chief threat could be All for Fashion, who scored an 8 3/4-length win two starts back in the $65,000 Cap Rock at Zia Park in October. She finished the six furlongs in 1:10.20 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

All for Fashion comes into the American Beauty off a second-place finish in the $73,000 Esplanade in the slop at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22. Trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won four of the last six runnings of the American Beauty, has given the mount to Justin Shepherd.