12/20/2009 12:00AM

Promising fillies eye step two


NEW ORLEANS - Three 2-year-old fillies who easily won their debuts will be looking to make it 2 for 2 in Monday's feature race, a first-level allowance going about a mile on the Fair Grounds turf course.

Carded as the sixth race, and with seven entered, the race will begin to sort out which of these fillies will meet the high expectations of their connections.

Cinco Emayo, Quiet Class, and Midway Holiday all enter after winning their first starts.

Of the three, however, the edge must go to Midway Holiday, who has already shown herself capable over turf, distance, and course, as she won handily at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 14.

In that race, she overcame traffic to win handily.

"Very professional. She couldn't have run any better," said trainer Greg Foley. "She had a little trouble, but then she got out and just exploded to finish."

Foley gave Midway Holiday her first assignment of a mile based on how she was training. He said he feels the distance suits her.

"She trained that way," said Foley. "She would gallop out strong a good distance of ground after working five-eighths."

While Midway Holiday has already delivered at this surface and distance, Cinco Emayo's connections said they feel they have gotten her the correct second race.

"I talked to the owners, and they told me that the mare is all grass," said trainer Tom Amoss. "Her running style suggested that she would like the added distance, so this is the spot we were hoping to get for her."

She enters off a maiden special weight victory at Churchill on Nov. 28.

In that effort, Cinco Emayo won by coming from off the pace, moving forward in the turn, and taking over in the stretch, winning by two lengths.

Quiet Class won her first race wire to wire, taking down a field of 12 at 40-1. She has been off since that victory at Keeneland on Oct. 11 but has worked three times over the main track at the Fair Grounds.

"She moves well across all the surfaces I've trained her on," said trainer Ralph Nicks. "The pedigree says grass, and she ran well over the Polytrack at Keeneland."

She looks to be the lone speed in the race and may get loose as she did in her first effort, but will have to make it hold up on a turf course notorious for favoring closers.