09/06/2006 11:00PM

Petalino's pair look tough in Princess


Trainer Joe Petalino's current crop of 2-year-olds has earned $259,570 so far this year, and that total can grow when he starts top contenders Ramblin Sally and Best Colors in Saturday's $50,000 Princess at Louisiana Downs.

The Princess, for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, drew a field of eight, including Kristi's Add On and Joangel, a respective second and third locally in the $100,000 Laurel Lane for statebreds, and Stormin Quality, a sharp debut winner for leading trainer Cole Norman.

But the Petalino-trained Ramblin Sally and Best Colors, who will start as separate betting interests, might get the most support. Ramblin Sally, a maiden winner with stakes experience, was knocked around during the running of her last start, when she was second by three-quarters of a length in an allowance Aug. 14.

"I think Ramblin Sally is pretty game," said Petalino. "She's small, but boy, she's pretty gutty. You look at that last race, and she was turned sideways and came back through a pretty tight little hole."

Ramblin Sally won her maiden wire-to-wire in May, and went on to run fourth in the $50,000 Silver Spur at Lone Star Park in July. She races for Doyle Williams and will be ridden by E.J. Perrodin.

Best Colors won her maiden in her last start, with a Beyer Speed Figure of 71. The number is the highest earned to date among all starters in the Princess.

"I liked the way she drew off that day," Petalino said of her more than eight-length maiden win. "She's been training awfully good."

Best Colors, who races for Ilona Whetstone, will be ridden by Anthony Lovato.

Both fillies have tactical speed, and from their outside posts they could get tracking trips behind Joangel, Kristi's Add On, and Stormin Quality.

Remington: Horses from all over in Taliaferro

A number of regions are represented in the $50,000 Chuck Taliaferro Memorial at Remington Park, with horses in the six-furlong race having made their last start at Arlington Park, Canterbury, Fair Meadows, Louisiana Downs, Prairie Meadows, and Remington.

A Prairie invader, Dragooner, could start as the favorite with entrymate Extra Exclusive. In his last start, Dragooner was second to Coach Jimi Lee in the $74,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint on Aug. 5. For the effort, Dragooner earned a 96 Beyer, which is the highest last- race number in the field. Trainer Randy Morse has named Justin Shepherd on both Dragooner and Extra Exclusive.

Random Gold ships in from Louisiana Downs, where in his last start he was second by a nose in the $75,000 Folklore Handicap on July 29 for trainer Cole Norman. Jamie Theriot comes in for the mount. Others of interest in the field include Crowning Victory, a daylight winner of back-to-back allowances at Remington; Halo's Tiger, second by a nose in an allowance last out at Arlington; and Premier Dance, a multiple stakes winner based at Remington.