07/01/2006 12:00AM

Pletcher sends Cowgirls Don't Cry in Gold Lassie


Eight 2-year-old fillies, all searching for their first black type, are set to go in Monday's $50,000 Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows.

The Gold Lassie is the beneficiary of Prairie Meadows having run six six-figure stakes here on Friday and Saturday, as trainers Steve Asmussen and Todd Pletcher both have horses entered in the five-furlong Lassie.

Cowgirls Don't Cry makes her first start since April 28, when she rallied from eight lengths back after a quarter-mile to score a 1 1/4-length victory over maiden special weight company going 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland.

Following her maiden victory, Cowgirls Don't Cry was purchased by the Jeff Singer Stables. Monday marks her first start in the Pletcher barn, and she will be racing on Lasix for the first time. Tim Doocy, the meet's leading rider, picks up the mount on Cowgirls Don't Cry.

Spooked returns on just eight days' rest after scoring an easy 4 3/4-length debut victory over maiden claiming company at Churchill for trainer Mike Lauer. Bill Troilo has a return call on Spooked.

Sea the Joy overcame a slow start to score a 3 1/2-length victory over maiden special weight company at Arlington Park on June 2. Steve Asmussen trains Sea the Joy, who figures to be on the early pace in the Gold Lassie. Joel Campbell will ride.

Local hopefuls Sister Cyclone and Irish Party add depth to the field. Both enter the Gold Lassie off open-length debut victories here. Ray Tracy trains Sister Cyclone, while Irish Party is trained by Kelly Von Hemel.