09/02/2003 11:00PM

Miss Photogenic looks to keep streak alive


Miss Photogenic will be trying to keep up appearances when she goes for her third consecutive win in the 11th race Friday at Louisiana Downs. An overnight handicap for fillies and mares, the race will be run over 6 1/2 furlongs and carries a purse of $32,000.

Miss Photogenic started her streak July 18 with a front-running win in a money allowance. She returned Aug. 2 and used stalking tactics to win another money allowance. In both races, Miss Photogenic went off at odds of more than 6-1.

Her price won't be as generous Friday, given her current form and the fact that she has just defeated some of the rivals she faces in this race. Kirk LeBlanc has the mount for trainer Brent Davidson.

Cielo Girl, who was third to Miss Photogenic on Aug. 2, could be the chief threat. In her last start, she won a $40,000 optional claimer on Aug. 17. Lonnie Meche has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

The field is completed by Calma Prado, Princess Jen, Swinging Gate, and My Meow.

Strong allowance at Retama

The eighth Friday night at Retama drew a stakes-quality field led by Agrivating General, Kris Havingfunnow, and Desert Darby. For some, the one-mile turf allowance worth $22,000 will serve as a springboard to the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes on Oct. 4.

Agrivating General seems poised to rebound from a rare off-the-board finish last out in the $50,000 Retama Park Turf Breeders' Cup.

"We wanted him to relax and rate and come from off of it," said his trainer, Danny Pish. "This time, when the bell rings, it's all up to him. We're going to let him run his own race."

Kentucky still goal for 'Code'

Trainer Larry Robideaux had planned to send Distinctive Code to Ellis Park for a stakes last month, but instead decided to give the filly some time off. She returned to training this week, with a new Kentucky trip under consideration.

This time the venue is Keeneland, for either the Grade 3, $125,000 Thoroughbred Club of America on Oct. 12 or the $75,000 Clark County on turf Oct. 16.

Robideaux turned out Distinctive Code as a means of freshening her for the fall.

"She was training good, but she just wasn't quite herself," he said. "Last year, in the heat of the summer, we did the same thing with her and she came back and was a bear."

Distinctive Code's most recent stakes wins include the $100,000 Victoria Lass Handicap at Fair Grounds and the $50,000 Suthern Accent at Louisiana Downs.

Ketel One winner eyes Keeneland

New York Harbor, who broke from post 12 and rallied from next-to-last to win the $100,000 Ketel One El Joven at a mile on turf last Saturday night at Retama, could make his next start in the $100,000 Bourbon County at Keeneland on Oct. 24.

"He's improving quite a bit," said Bill Leach, who trains New York Harbor for Bill Clifton. "He's got a lot of determination, and it sure looks like the distance doesn't seem to bother him any."

Last year, Zydeco Affair, who won the El Joven, finished second in the Bourbon, when it was called the Hopemont.

Clifton and Leach might be sending another 2-year-old to Keeneland. On the El Joven card, they also saddled Homemaker, who finished a close second in the $100,000 La Senorita. A possible next race is the $100,000 Jessamine County on turf on Oct. 23.

* Topango won the La Senorita in front-running fashion to remain undefeated on turf, with all three of those victories coming around two turns. Topango's next start has yet to be determined, said her co-owner and trainer, John Locke, noting that there are not many options in the region for Topango, who is 3 for 4.