09/23/2009 11:00PM

Presque Isle meet concludes with three stakes


Presque Isle Downs closes out its meet Saturday with three $100,000 stakes. The final card of the 100-day meet includes the Fitz Dixon Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings, the HBPA for older fillies and mares, and the Presque Isle Debutante for 2-year-old fillies as the final race of the season.

Grand Slam Andre will be a heavy favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong Fitz Dixon. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Grand Slam Andre won the Middleground at Lone Star Park on July 26 by three lengths. Asmussen then shipped the son of Grand Slam to Remington Park, where he won the Clever Trevor, also by three lengths. The six-furlong races earned the colt Beyers of 89 and 87, respectively. The next highest lifetime Beyer of any of the other 11 entrants is a 79.

Grand Slam Andre made his last start in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga. He broke last in the field of 12, rushed up to contention, then tired to sixth. Asmussen will put blinkers on Grand Slam Andre for the Dixon. Richard Migliore will ride.

Dreaming of Liz will try to make it two in a row over Presque Isle's Tapeta surface when facing a full field of 12 in the HBPA going a mile and 70 yards. All six of her wins have come over synthetic surfaces, and the Frank Calabrese homebred looks to have rounded back into top form, winning an optional allowance race here Sept. 2. Trained by Danny Miller, Dreaming of Liz has won 2 of her last 3 starts. Willie Martinez retains the mount. Dreaming of Liz is cross-entered in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Distaff at Turfway Park on Saturday.

Satans Quick Chick rallied from off the pace to win a third-level allowance locally by 8 1/2 lengths in her last out, earning a 100 Beyer. The 3-year-old is the only horse in the field to have earned a triple-digit Beyer. Ronnie Allen Jr. will ride for trainer Eric Reed.

Truth and Justice comes into the Debutante off a win in the Sorority at Monmouth Park Sept. 5. The Sorority was her first attempt at six furlongs and she responded nicely, winning by 3 1/2 lengths. She signaled her readiness for this race with a bullet 34-second work at Monmouth a week ago. Joe Bravo will ride for trainer Kelly Breen.

All About Anna will try to make it three in a row and comes into the six-furlong Debutante off a win in the Bassinet at River Downs Sept. 7. Her come-from-behind style will fit well in a field loaded with speed. Corie Lanerie retains the mount.