04/24/2002 11:00PM

Prairie Meadows: From all over


Eight 3-year-old colts, who made their last starts in seven different states, have come to Altoona, Iowa, for Saturday's $50,000 Golden Circle Stakes at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa.

Lott and Vito Corleone are the 119-pound highweights in the six-furlong Golden Circle.

Lott, a son of Open Forum, enters the Golden Circle off a nose victory in an allowance race at Keeneland on April 12. He dueled every step of the way and won in 1:10.72 for six furlongs.

Steve Asmussen, who led the nation in wins through Wednesday, trains Lott for owner Heiligbrodt Racing Stable. Lott has two wins, two seconds, and a third in his five starts. Luis Quinonez has the mount on Lott.

Vito Corleone ships in from northern California, where he has scored two straight wins. Jerry Hollendorfer claimed Vito Corleone for $40,000 on behalf of himself and co-owner Lloyd Debruycker in the colt's last start, a three-quarter-length victory in an optional claiming race at Bay Meadows on April 4.

Hollendorfer has since shipped the colt to the Prairie Meadows barn of Ray Tracy Jr., who is Debruycker's Midwest trainer. Vito Corleone finished third in two stakes last year, the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park and the Golden Bear at Golden Gate. Overall, he sports a record of 3-0-2 from nine starts, and has nearly $100,000 in earnings. Glenn Corbett has picked up the mount aboard Vito Corleone.

Cowboy Stuff is a possible upsetter. A late-running son of Evansville Slew, Cowboy Stuff scored a half-length victory in an allowance race at Oaklawn Park despite a very troubled trip. He figures to get a hot pace to run at in the Golden Circle. Terry Thompson, who is seeking his third straight Prairie Meadows riding title, has the mount on Cowboy Stuff for trainer Don Von Hemel.