05/12/2010 11:00PM

Nunley's juveniles offer value in Polly Drummond


Twelve Pack Shelly and Final Mesa are the two obvious standouts in a field of eight lightly raced 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday's $50,000 Polly Drummond Stakes at Delaware Park. But if you're looking for betting value, consider an uncoupled pair of first-time starters from trainer Randy Nunley's barn.

Bettors will undoubtedly pound Twelve Pack Shelly, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95 for her career debut at Laurel Park and followed up by finishing third as the 4-5 favorite against males in the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.

There also will be strong support for Final Mesa, who romped by 7 1/2 lengths in her career debut at Keeneland for trainer Wesley Ward. Ward is well known for his prowess with early developing 2-year-olds.

Nunley, however, has two intriguing prospects in the 4 1/2-furlong feature in Loaded Lady and Include Me Sir. Both are double-digit odds on the track's morning line.

Loaded Lady, listed at 10-1, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Umpateedle, who won the Grade 3 Endine Handicap and the Light Hearted Stakes at Delaware in 2005.

Her uncoupled stablemate, Include Me Sir (12-1), is a half-sister to Sir Five Star, who won stakes at Remington Park and Sunland Park as a 2-year-old and finished second in a $150,000 futurity at Delta Downs.

Their dam, Missy McKee, has produced six horses who have run at Delaware Park from 2001 through 2009. That group has a combined record of 12 wins, 11 seconds, and 8 thirds from 64 starts, with earnings of $569,732.

"This race came up extremely tough," said Tracy Nunley, Randy's wife and assistant trainer. "Loaded Lady is one of our better 2-year-olds, so we are giving her a shot in the stake, and I think she will run well, but this a tough spot."

* Fernando Jara, 22, who became the youngest rider to win a Breeders' Cup race when he captured the Classic as an 18-year-old aboard Invasor in 2006, is joining the Delaware jockey colony on Saturday. His first local mount will be on Hudson Steele for trainer Todd Pletcher in the eighth race.