08/25/2005 11:00PM

Mykindasaint lone stakes winner in Princess


Leading trainer Cole Norman knows exactly what he's up against with his two starters in the $50,000 Princess Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Sunday: the undefeated Mykindasaint.

Trained by Bubba Cascio, the talented Mykindasaint should go favored in the Princess, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that drew 12.

"Bubba's filly is definitely the one to beat," said Norman, who will start Love the Beach and Kat Nan Do. "She's the class of the race. So we hope to run good on Sunday. We'd like to win. We'll try."

Mykindasaint, the lone stakes winner in the Princess, was one of the best 2-year-olds to come out of the Lone Star Park meet. She won her debut there by six lengths on May 25, then returned one start later to win the $75,000 Cassidy at Calder Race Course in her last out July 10.

Since the Cassidy, third-place finisher Running Lass has won two stakes, including the $75,000 Desert Vixen division of the Florida Stallion Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths Aug. 3.

Mykindasaint, meanwhile, has worked consecutive bullets at Louisiana Downs, including a five-furlong move in 59.80 seconds Aug. 13. She will break from post 12, and Cascio has given the mount to Lonnie Meche.

Norman saddled Love the Beach to an 11 1/2-length debut win over $30,000 maiden claimers July 8. She faced winners for the first time last out, and was second by a half-length in a conditioned allowance Aug. 11.

"She got wiped out out of the gate," said Norman. "One of the horses knocked her really hard, then she was pressed by two horses and we put those horses away, one at the three-eighths pole and the other at the quarter pole, and she drew off and just got caught at the wire. She ran a winning race."

Guy Smith has the mount Sunday.

Kat Nan Do also had trouble in her last start, which was her debut, and she managed to finish second beaten a head. She will be ridden by Tracy Hebert.

Trainer Steve Asmussen cuts Yaddo Cat back to one turn for the Princess, while Slewpy's Star, who is stakes placed, will add blinkers. Others in the field include the stakes-placed Cat's Legend and Angel's Are Due, who is 2 for 2.

Shaky Town may hit Turfway

Shaky Town, who has won his last three races, could move into graded stakes company next month. Norman said that Shaky Town and stablemate Absent Friend are both being pointed for the Grade 2, $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park.

The 1 1/8-mile race, which will be run over the new Polytrack surface, is Sept. 17.

Shaky Town has won an allowance, the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial, and the $100,000 Evangeline Mile in his last three starts. He is based at Louisiana Downs, and in his most recent race dropped back before surging to win at Evangeline.

"It looked like he was done and he came back and got them," said Norman. "It was an impressive race."

Shaky Town earned a Beyer Figure of 99 for the win. He races for Gary and Mary West.

Absent Friend, who won the Grade 3 Essex this spring at Oaklawn, was fourth in the Evangeline Mile and before that was a close third to Supah Blitz in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap. He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Dreams Gallore, and races for H and H Ranch.

Pie N Burger readies for return

In last year's Kentucky Cup Classic, the Norman-trained Pie N Burger finished second to Roses in May. Pie N Burger, who has not raced since finishing second in the $60,000 Tenacious last December at Fair Grounds, is in training at Louisiana Downs, Norman said.

"I would say he'll be ready by the first of November," said Norman. "He'll probably come back in an allowance race. He's been off a while."

From there, Norman would like Pie N Burger, who is nearing $1 million in earnings, to race in stakes, perhaps at Fair Grounds, at Oaklawn, or in Kentucky.

Skin Flint, another talented older horse from the Norman barn, is being pointed for the $40,000 Speed at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 18. Skin Flint has won his last three starts by a combined 14 3/4 lengths, and after running seven furlongs in 1:21.72 in an overnight race in his last start, he earned a Beyer Figure of 100.

* Grade 3 winner Wacky Patty will make her first start since December in the sixth race, a six-furlong allowance for fillies and mares. Also in the field is Where Is My Daddy, winner of the $50,000 Hallowed Dreams, and Red Lifesaver, who, the last time she sprinted, was third to Happy Ticket in the $50,000 Suthern Accent at Louisiana Downs in May. Happy Ticket is to run at Saratoga on Sunday in the Grade 1 Ballerina.

* Nob Hill Deelite, a half-brother to multiple 2-year-old stakes winner Early Goer, runs in Sunday's ninth race, a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana. Nob Hill Deelite will add Lasix