09/16/2004 12:00AM

Prairie Oaks has distinct Chicago flavor


ALTOONA, Iowa - Shippers from Arlington Park have been prominent in stakes here all meeting and Saturday's $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks for 3-year-old fillies is no exception, as seven of the eight fillies made their last start in Chicago.

Of that group, My Time Now and Fly Away Angel, who both come out of the Grade 3 Arlington Breeders' Cup Oaks, appear to be the most capable of winning the 1 1/16-mile Prairie Meadows Oaks.

My Time Now, trained by Carl Nafzger, stalked the pace to the stretch in the Aug. 21 Arlington Oaks and finished third, beaten 1 3/4 lengths. She has a record of 2-1-2 from 10 starts and seems to be improving with each race. James Lopez picks up the mount.

Fly Away Angel set the pace to the stretch in the Arlington Oaks before fading to finish fourth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths as the 2-1 favorite. She had won her previous two starts.

Trained by Bill Connelly, Fly Away Angel has won from well off the pace, too, giving her rider, John McKee, plenty of options.

This One for Abbey, an Iowa-bred trained by Ray Tracy Jr., is the lone locally based horse in the field. This One for Abbey rallied to score a two-length win in the $65,000 Iowa Breeders Oaks against statebred company last time out on Aug. 28. Jason Eads has a return call.