Updated on 09/16/2011 7:48AM

Naturalingredients on her feet


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Bringing a horse who has fallen during a race up to her next start can be a difficult assignment for a trainer. On Saturday, Chuck Turco will attempt to do just that in the $50,000 American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn Park with Naturalingredients, who has not raced since last October when she took a puzzling fall near the quarter pole in the $50,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Sprint at Remington Park.

"Nobody knows why she fell," said Turco, who trains the 6-year-old Naturalingredients for Choctaw Racing Stable. "There's only one guy who can possibly know," he said of jockey Don Pettinger, "and he can't tell you.

"Some people say she was going to switch leads and she tripped. Some people think she hit a hole. And there's even people who think she could have clipped heels. She just fell. You could have five different theories. I've watched the replay 10 different times. And I don't know why."

Naturalingredients, a multiple stakes winner of $239,725, was taken to a farm for a month's vacation following the spill. After she passed a physical inspection, she resumed training, and had her first work back at Remington Park.

"She looked at that spot. She clocked it a little bit, but she appears to be working with confidence now," said Turco. "And she looks like a million bucks."

In her final work for the American Beauty, Naturalingredients drilled four furlongs in 49.80 seconds. She has four wins in eight starts over the local strip, and last year won a money allowance in February, finished third in the $50,000 Spring Fever behind Secret Spender and The Happy Hopper, and ran fourth in the $50,000 Carousel.

"We want a safe trip," said Turco, who termed himself and the mare's owners "very fortunate" that the fall "wasn't a catastrophe."

Naturalingredients, who is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Devout Sinner, is to be ridden by Pettinger.

Maysville Slew points for Essex

Maysville Slew, a stakes winner on dirt and turf who finished an uncharacteristic eighth in the $150,000 Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup on Feb. 2, will likely make his next start here at Oaklawn, where he is based, in the Grade 3, $75,000 Essex on Feb. 23.

Other locals under consideration for the Essex are Mr Ross, Crafty Shaw, Remington Rock, Unrullah Bull, Arctic Boy, and Rare Cure, who won the $75,000 Governor's Cup Handicap over Maysville Slew on Nov. 24.

Trainer C.R. Trout. had been considering the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park on Feb. 23 for Maysville Slew's next start, but changed his mind.

"The Essex won't be easier, but we don't have to haul," said Trout. "And, he loves Oaklawn."

Maysville Slew has run some of his best races in Hot Springs. He has placed in a number of stakes at the track over the past two years, and won the Essex in 2000. Overall, the horse has earned $541,190 for owner Robert Sanford.

Cheryl P. retired

The region's female sprint division has lost a good one in Cheryl P., an American Beauty nominee who was retired two weeks ago with a fracture to her left leg after taking a bad step during a morning gallop at Fair Grounds

She has been transferred to Millennium Farms in Kentucky, and is to be bred to Service Stripe, sire of Grade 1 winner Cashier's Dream and the top Michigan-bred filly Born to Dance.

Cheryl P., won the $50,000 Dixie Belle and $50,000 Martha Washington as a 3-year-old last year at Oaklawn, and overall earned $167,200, while winning five of 13 starts for owner Ro Parra and trainer Barry Germany.

* Midge Too, a winner of her last five races who was pointing for the American Beauty, instead has been given a break from racing and will return to action in June, said trainer Jerry Cart. Over the summer, Midge Too upset Hallowed Dreams in the $50,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs, and she is considered one of the region's top female sprinters, with earnings of $500,833.