07/20/2005 11:00PM

'Princess' fit to win Queen's


OMAHA, Neb. - A pair of stakes, topped by the $40,000 Queen's Handicap, will be held Saturday on day three of Horsemen's Park's four-day Festival of Racing.

The program's other stakes is the $27,500 Who Doctor Who Handicap, where a field of eight older Nebraska-breds will meet at a mile. Fittingly, the former voice of Ak-Sar-Ben, Terry Wallace, has returned to call the races here for another season. One of Wallace's best-remembered calls at Ak-Sar-Ben was his trademark "Who! Doctor! Who!" whenever the local hero raced.

Feisty Princess, trained by Steve Hobby, may prove best in the evenly matched Queen's Handicap, to be run at one mile. A daughter of Indian Charlie, Feisty Princess ended a string of runner-up finishes in her last start with a two-length victory over $50,000 optional claiming company at Arlington Park on June 8. Perry Compton has the ride from post 8.

Switch Lanes was second to Casual Attitude in last year's Queen's and will be a force to be reckoned with on the pace this year. An Iowa-bred daughter of Deerhound trained by Dick Clark, she has three stakes wins this year, including a neck victory June 4 in the Wild Rose against open company. Glenn Corbett will ride from post 10. Clark has also entered the speedy Lastonehappy, who should factor strongly into the early pace.

Gamblers Passion, trained by Gene Jacquot, is coming off a 2 1/4-length victory in the Hawkeyes Handicap for Iowa-breds on June 25. Her stalking style helped her win 5 of 12 starts last year. She was a narrowly beaten second to Switch Lanes in the Wild Rose, where she contested the pace but came up a neck short. Mike Allen has the ride from post 1.

High Dice, What About David, and Thundering Verzy, the one-two-three finishers in the State Fair Board Handicap at Lincoln on July 4, head the Who Doctor Who Handicap for older Nebraska-breds.

High Dice, now 10, won this race in 2003 and has rounded back into form for owner-trainer Herb Riecken. Dan Beck has the mount from post 5.

What About David is the speed of the Who Doctor Who and has the riding services of R.D. Williams.