Updated on 09/17/2011 10:09AM

My Meow may need Plan B


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - My Meow might have to change tactics Wednesday in order to win her third race at the Oaklawn Park meet. A front-running winner twice this meet, she appears to have a good deal of early speed to contend with in the featured ninth, a two-other-than allowance that has drawn a field of eight fillies and mares.

The purse for the six-furlong race is $32,000.

"She's a filly that needs to be in the race, but if somebody gets out of hand and goes out fast, she can sit off of it," said Cole Norman, who trains My Meow for Ken Murphy. "Earlier in her career, she would come from off of it."

My Meow has done her part to help Norman break a 29-year-old record for trainer wins in a meeting at Oaklawn. David Vance set the mark of 50 in 1974, and Norman broke that Saturday when he saddled his 51st winner.

My Meow's first win at the meet came Feb. 7, when she posted a half-length victory over $30,000 claimers in her first start in three months. She returned and ran fifth in a two-other-than allowance Feb. 21 before earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 93 in her last start, March 12.

In that race, she wired $35,000 claimers by four lengths, and covered six furlongs in a swift 1:09.80.

"She likes Oaklawn," said Norman. "She gets over the track real well."

My Meow, to be ridden by Jamie Theriot, is the winningest member of the field Wednesday with nine career victories. Her chief rivals appear to be One Fine Shweetie, who defeated her Feb. 21, and Montreal's Best.

A stalker, One Fine Shweetie, who is a statebred stakes winner, will benefit if the pace is honest. Trainer Don Von Hemel has given the mount to Greta Kuntzweiler.

Von Hemel will also start Freddie's Folly, who last year ran third in the $50,000 Goldfinch behind multiple stakes winners For Rubies and Don't Countess Out. Freddie's Folly, who is not coupled with One Fine Shweetie, will be ridden by Cindy Noll.

Montreal's Best was second in a two-other-than allowance race in her last start, her first race in three months. She was beaten less than a length by Every Cloud, who is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Missed the Storm. James Lopez has the mount for trainer Terrance Dunlavy.

The field also includes Lullaby League, who has won her last two starts, and Maggie's Dream, a three-time statebred stakes winner last year at Hoosier Park.

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