06/02/2004 11:00PM

Mountaineer: Slipton Fell field strong

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Multiple stakes winner Ask the Lord and 2003 Arkansas Derby winner Sir Cherokee head a of field nine older horses going a mile and 70 yards in the $75,000 Slipton Fell Handicap.

Since last December, Ask the Lord has won three stakes at Turfway Park. He tuned up for the Slipton Fell by wiring a group of allowance runners, earning a 95 Beyer in his first start at Mountaineer.

Sir Cherokee has faced some tough company in his last three starts, including Midway Road and Peace Rules. The last time he raced in an ungraded stakes he won going nine furlongs at Sam Houston.