05/27/2005 11:00PM

Mountaineer: Reed seeks a sweep


Kentucky-based trainer Eric Reed has a good shot to sweep both turf stakes on Mountaineer's holiday program.

Reed has the 4-year-old filly Beau Watch, a romping winner of a handicap at Indiana Downs two weeks ago, for the Decoration Day Handicap (race 3). He also trains Doc D, a 6-year-old gelding who returned from a two-month layoff to run second in a money allowance at Keeneland, geared up for the Memorial Day Handicap (race 4).

Both stakes will be contested at one mile and each is worth $75,000.

The front-running Beau Watch is 2 for 2 going a mile on grass. In addition to her recent 13 1/4-length romp in Indiana, she wired a field of 11 in a stakes at Kentucky Downs last September.

Beau Watch's competition in the Decoration Day, for fillies and mares, is headed by Ohio shipper Oh So Easy. Although based at Thistledown, where there is no turf course, Oh So Easy has run well the last three times she went to River Downs to run on grass, including a win in the restricted Vivacious Handicap last August. In her last race, her first following a six-month freshening, Oh So Easy was a solid third going 7 1/2 furlongs in a turf allowance.

In the Memorial Day, Doc D looks good, coming off a second-place finish despite having to swing six wide in the stretch of his comeback race at Keeneland on April 21. Last year, Doc D won a one-mile grass stakes at Kentucky Downs.

The field also includes Gunning For and Package Store, separated by only a half-length as the one-two finishers in the one-mile Henry Clark on turf at Pimlico three weeks ago.

Gunning For rallied from 18 lengths back and passed eight horses in his Clark victory. Package Store passed five horses in the final quarter-mile.