05/09/2012 2:37PM

Prairie Meadows: Familiar rivals meet in Mamie Eisehhower


ALTOONA, Iowa – The $70,000 Mamie Eisenhower, a stakes for Iowa-bred fillies and mares, has drawn a contentious group of sprinters who are very familiar with each other.

Contested over six furlongs, the Mamie Eisenhower has been won the last two years by the speedy Sakakawea, a Ray Tracy trainee who is 8 for 10 at Prairie for earnings of $259,597. Sakakawea, the eldest member of the six-horse field at 6, usually breaks sharply and can be expected to provide a target for her younger challengers.

Chief among those is the 8-5 morning-line favorite Someplace Else, who reeled Sakakawea in over 5 1/2 furlongs in an April 20 allowance prep for this race. Trained by Kelly Von Hemel and ridden again by the meet’s leading rider, Terry Thompson, who is off to a salty 23-for-63 start. Someplace Else, a consistent Harlan’s Holiday filly, should be suited by the additional 110 yards of the Mamie Eisenhower.

Ginger Added, the star of veteran trainer Dick Clark’s shed row, finished third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, behind the aforementioned pair on April 20 and could improve in her second start off of a layoff of over six months.

Leading trainer Chris Richard, who has continued his excellent 2012 campaign with a 13-for-36 start here, sends over the lightly raced Cream of Soup, who is training sharply for her seasonal debut.

Deep closer Rico’s Posse, conditioned by Craig Dollase, stands to benefit from an expected demanding pace and longshot Medical Angel is in career best form after an April 26 allowance score.