01/01/2004 1:00AM

No standout in Prevue


Two years ago Perfect Drift won the Turfway Prevue and later developed into one of the top horses in training. Last year Champali won the Turfway Prevue, after having already won the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs two months earlier.

Expectations are lower for the race this year. None of the eight 3-year-olds in Saturday's $50,000 Turfway Prevue appear on par with the winners from past years, and all but two of the starters, Degenerate Gambler and Dollar a Dip, remain eligible for a one-other-than allowance.

No horse stands out in the 6 1/2-furlong Prevue, making it a good betting race. The likely favorite is , who comes from the same team that raced Champali in the Turfway Prevue last year - owner Lloyd Madison Farms and trainer Greg Foley.

A $20,000 yearling purchase by Silver Deputy, Silver Minister earned a 78 Beyer Speed Figure for a victory over maiden special weight opponents Dec. 4 in his third start. Previously, he had twice been second at Churchill Downs, including once to Wildcat Shoes, who set a stakes record in winning the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds last week. Rafael Bejarano, coming off a record-setting holiday meet at Turfway, has the mount.

Dollar a Dip and Man of Conquest, the one-two finishers from an entry-level allowance Dec. 14, have run speed figures competitive with those of Silver Minister. Dollar a Dip comes off a 75 Beyer, and Man of Conquest a 74.

Dollar a Dip edged Man of Conquest by a half-length in a hard-fought stretch duel when they last met. Dollar a Dip paid more than $65.

Man of Conquest has already beaten Silver Minister in their one matchup. He defeated him by 1 3/4 lengths in a five-furlong maiden race at Churchill Downs Nov. 11. Jason Lumpkins rides for trainer Bernie Flint.

Other prominent Prevue entrants include Degenerate Gambler, shipped to Turfway from Fair Grounds, where he has been training, and Rayvo's Beau, winner of a $75,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs in the slop two starts ago.