10/19/2002 11:00PM

Prized Amberpro takes Victoria Stakes


Bossier City, La. - It was the ladies turn on Sunday as the Louisiana Breeders' Festival continued at Louisiana Downs.

The Victoria Stakes, for Louisiana-bred filly and mare sprinters, got the action underway and Linda Patch and Joseph Thomas' Prized Amberpro returned to her winning ways with a strong rally down the stretch. Mike's Sister, who forced or set the pace throughout, held on for second followed by favored Taylor's Queen.

Prized Amberpro ($6.60) won for the sixth time this year and for the 13th time in her 28-race career. The winner's share Sunday increased her career bankroll to over $263,000.

Mrs. Mac ($26.20) battled back after setting the early pace and being headed by heavy favorite Wild Squaw to annex the Walmac Farm Matchmaker under kind handling by Jerri Nichols. The winner relished the muddy strip and has now won four of six over off tracks.

In the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks, favored Sunny Scarlett set all the pace before holding off a challenge in the stretch from second choice Highhopesemilyluck. The win was the second stakes win for Sunny Scarlett ($4.60) as she also accounted for the Filly Division of the Louisiana Futurity at Fair Grounds late last year.

The closest finish of the day came in the Laurel Lane when longshot Believe It Is So ($29.00) gutted out a narrow victory over Rubies N Roses. The 2-year-old daughter of Believe It picked up her first stakes win and was ridden by Glen Murphy.