04/25/2013 11:30AM

Prairie Meadows: American Sugar looks to regain form in Goldfinch


American Sugar, a winner of three stakes at three different tracks during her 11-race career, heads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s featured six-furlong, $60,000 Goldfinch Stakes at Prairie Meadows.

Returning to Prairie Meadows, where she glided to victory in her first two lifetime starts, including last summer’s Prairie Gold Lassie, American Sugar spent her winter at Oaklawn Park. In her 2013 bow on Jan. 20, she swept past her rivals, exhibiting an excellent turn of foot and drew off by seven lengths in the Dixie Belle. However, three subsequent starts in Hot Springs, Ark., including a pair of two-turn races, were disappointing and she flattened out after rallying to the lead in the six-furlong Instant Racing on April 12.

The challengers include the versatile Iowa-bred Cat Five’ O, the improving Cruzette, speedster Baby Princess, and lightly raced Eddington’s Note.

Cat Five’ O, who ended her 2012 campaign with a brave nose victory in Remington’s one-mile Mistletoe on Dec. 9, shows sharp recent works for trainer Clinton Stuart at Sam Houston, Will Rogers, and locally in preparation for her 2013 debut.

Cruzette, sent off as the 2-1 favorite when sixth in the Instant Racing, impressed in her two previous Oaklawn efforts, including a convincing 2 1/4-length allowance win on Feb. 16. Conditioned  by her owner Chris Hartman, Cruzette seeks a return to her best in her first start at Prairie Meadows.

Baby Princess and Eddington’s Note, both residents of Bill Martin’s stable, have styles that complement one another. Baby Princess, despite two sub-par efforts in 2013, is very quick out of the gate and drew the rail. Eddington’s Note, unraced since Sept. 29, is yet another contender with a strong closing kick.

Livin Peace,  a speedy filly trained by Mike Stidham, who has a good record with his Chicago shippers locally; Wilhelmina, perhaps the field’s deepest closer, and the Oklahoma-bred Dadsaysgreysrbest complete the lineup.

The Goldfinch has a scheduled post time of 9:37 p.m. Central and is part of the track’s new pick five wager which starts with the fifth race on the card.