09/13/2006 11:00PM

Our Love puts streak on line in Majorette


A turf sprint for fillies and mares, the race will be run at about five furlongs. Others in the field include Follow the Lite, weighted next in line at 117, and Comalagold, the race's defending champ.

Our Love won the Majorette the last time she ran in it, in 2004. She has won her last three starts, all at this meet, bagging two turf allowances and the $100,000 Matchmaker on the grass.

"Anytime you line her up on this turf, she pretty much runs her race," said Jeff Trosclair, who trains Our Love for Alane Inc. "Her record over this turf course has been phenomenal."

Our Love has won 8 of 10 starts over the local turf, and finished second in her other two starts over the course. Of those wins, four have come in stakes races. A front-runner, she will be cutting back from 1 1/16 miles for the Majorette.

"If she's outfooted a little bit early, she doesn't get discouraged and keeps on digging," said Trosclair.

Our Love, who won at about five furlongs on turf earlier in the meet, is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Leslie's Love. She will be ridden by Gerard Melancon, who has been aboard for all of her wins this meet.

Retama: James Ready Magic gets his best rider

Jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. is perfect on James Ready Magic and perfect at Retama Park, and he can remain that way in the $40,000 Chick Lang Jr. Memorial.

The Chick Lang Jr. is a 7 1/2-furlong turf race for 3-year-olds and has an eight-horse field.

Juarez, who in his lone start at the meet captured the $65,000 Retama Turf Breeders' Cup with Saturday Deelites, invades from his Remington Park base to ride James Ready Magic for trainer Michael Stidham. In two starts aboard James Ready Magic, Juarez has won two turf allowances, one in May and the other in June. Both races were around two turns at Lone Star Park.

James Ready Magic last raced July 8 at Louisiana Downs and finished fourth behind wire-to-wire winner Bamboo Gap in the $48,000 Excalibur. Since then, James Ready Magic shows a nice series of five-furlong works. He tends to make his bid in the later stages and should get a decent pace setup with a handful of horses, including top contender Doctor Decherd, stretching out to two turns for the Lang.

Doctor Decherd, who is making his first start on the grass, won the $125,000 Aventura at one mile at Gulfstream Park earlier this year. He is a half-brother to turf winner Piano Bar. Trainer Scott Blasi has given the mount to Roman Chapa.

Private Fight, a multiple allowance winner, is also a threat.

- Mary Rampellini

Great Lakes: Deb's Favoite Gift chases repeat

Deb's Favoite Gift returns to defend her title in the $50,000 Farer Belle Lee Handicap at Great Lakes Downs. A 1 1/16-mile race for Michigan-bred fillies and mares, the Farer Belle Lee has a field of six, but because there are two stable entries, there will be no exotic or show wagering on the race.

Deb's Favoite Gift is one of two runners entered by Gerald Bennett, the meet's leading trainer. She is coming off a victory in the $50,000 Moonbeam Handicap on July 22, which followed a second-place finish to stablemate Bucky's Prayer in the $50,000 Larkspur Handicap. Bucky's Prayer bypassed the Moonbeam and ran second in the Grab the Green Stakes at Saratoga last month. Terry Houghton, the top rider at the meet, will be aboard Deb's Favoite Gift.

Owned by Thomas Vanderhyde, Deb's Favoite Gift is the highweight at 120 pounds and is coupled with Gold Ginny, who is owned by Elizabeth Weber.

Trainer Laura Jackson will be looking for her first stakes win here when she saddles Sweetwater Promise, a 7-year-old mare who is owned by Millennium Farms. A past Michigan champion, Sweetwater Promise has won her last two outs, an allowance race in August and last October's Michigan Sire Stakes, both of which were contested at Great Lakes Down. Sweetwater Promise will be ridden by Octavio Bernal at 119 pounds.

Trainer Ronnie Allen will saddle I Match Too for owner Jerry Campbell. I Match Too was second to Deb's Favoite Gift in the Moonbeam and then finished sixth to Sweetwater Promise in the August allowance. In her last start, she finished sixth in a claiming race at Mountaineer. She will be ridden by Mike Allen.

Owner Todd Weddon will be represented by the duo of Half a Glance and Creative Miss. Trainer Scott Sowle has named Mary Doser to ride Half a Glance, and Lyndon Hannigan will ride Creative Miss.

- C.A. Shoemaker