02/21/2013 4:35PM

Oaklawn Park: All About Allie will have to earn three-peat in Downthedustyroad

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All About Allie (above) faces sharp rivals Bikini Bella and Hatter Nu Nu in her attempt to win the Downthedustyroad for the third straight year.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – All About Allie will have to fight off a couple of sharp mares Saturday, when she attempts to win the $60,000 Downthedustyroad at Oaklawn Park for the third consecutive year. She will be moving from open company back into the Arkansas-bred ranks for the six-furlong race for fillies and mares and faces chief rivals Bikini Bella and Hatter Nu Nu.

All About Allie opened her 5-year-old season Jan. 20 with a runner-up finish to favorite Cheery in the $60,000 American Beauty at Oaklawn. She hit traffic midway through the six furlong race and was beaten 1 1/4 lengths.

“She had a little bit of an unlucky race,” said David Whited, who trains All About Allie. “That happens. She sort of got in a little bit of a spot where she couldn’t move until later. She didn’t get a clear run. We probably wouldn’t have beaten the winner, but we would have been closer.”

All About Allie has since worked well for the Downthedustyroad, breezing a half-mile in 48.40 seconds in her final prep Feb. 18. The move was the second fastest of 42 at the distance that morning at Oaklawn.

“She’s on her game, doing wonderful,” Whited said.

All About Allie, a five-time stakes winner owned by Sanders Brothers, will break from post 2 under Cliff Berry.

Bikini Bella was an 8 3/4-length winner of a $16,000 optional claimer for statebreds in her last start Jan. 18, and the Beyer Speed Figure of 87 that she earned is the top last-race number in the Downthedustyroad. She was claimed out of the race and will be making her first start for Black Hawk Stable and trainer Chris Hartman, who has given the mount to Robby Albarado.

Hatter Nu Nu has been in the zone, winning her last two starts by more than 12 lengths combined. She was a $16,000 claim out of her last start Feb. 14 and will run Saturday for Jarett Wolfe and trainer Tammy Hornsby.

The rail-drawn Awesome Truth is a half-sister to Heaven’s Runway, who ran third in the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest last Monday at Oaklawn.

◗ Trainer Steve Hobby and Equibase chartcaller/ Daily Racing Form contributor Jeff Taylor will be the guests during Saturday morning’s Dawn at Oaklawn program with Terry Wallace. It is on the apron and starts at 8 a.m., and will be followed by tours of the stable area. The program is now being held every Saturday through the end of the meet.