04/23/2008 11:00PM

Perfect at 2, Amazing Tale returns in Goldfinch


Prairie Meadows launches its stakes schedule Saturday with the $50,000 Goldfinch and $50,000 Golden Circle serving as co-features on a nine-race card.

In the six-furlong Goldfinch, the two horses with the least experience might be the most dangerous in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies.

Amazing Tale, 2 for 2 locally last year, makes her first start at 3. Last season, she debuted in spectacular fashion by crushing a field of maidens, and jumped right into stakes company, capturing the Prairie Gold Lassie. Alex Birzer, who was aboard for both of Amazing Tale's wins, retains the mount.

Lindsey's Wish will try to duplicate Amazing Tales's feat when she goes straight from the maiden ranks into Saturday's stakes. A daughter of Trippi, Lindsey's Wish dominated a maiden special weight race late in the Oaklawn Park meet and appears to have considerable talent. Eddie Razo Jr. will be in town to ride Lindsey's Wish for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

Maya's Storm, the lone Iowa-bred in the field, appears to have a slight edge over his five rivals in the six-furlong Golden Circle for 3-year-old colts. Coming off a third-place finish in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn, Maya's Storm returns to the track where he has recorded all three of his victories.

Like Lindsey's Wish, Maya's Storm is owned by the Roll Reroll Stable, trained by Von Hemel, and will be ridden by Razo.

Razo has chosen Maya's Storm after being aboard Grand Sensation in all four of that horse's starts.

After finishing second in his first three races, Grand Sensation won his maiden last time out and figures to be the chief challenger for Maya's Storm. Terry Thompson has picked up the mount.