05/27/2010 12:00AM

Rasmussen serving as Cornhusker prep race

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ALTOONA, Iowa - Prairie Meadows has carded two $60,000, 1 1/16-mile stakes Saturday, the Jim Rasmussen Memorial for older horses and the Wild Rose for fillies and mares. Chicago-based Shadowbdancing is using the Rasmussen as a step along the way to the Grade 2 Cornhusker Handicap here on July 26.

"That's our main goal, to run in the Cornhusker," said trainer Terrel Gore.

After taking about five weeks off this winter, Shadowbdancing has made two starts this year. He won the Cryptoclearance at Hawthorne in April, then shipped to Fonner Park to win the

Bosselman/Gus Fonner by 4 1/4 lengths.

Gore said Shadowbdancing is fond of the Prairie Meadows surface, pointing to his runner-up performance to Jonesboro in last year's Cornhusker as evidence. But Gore would have liked his front-running charge to have drawn a better post position in the six-horse field.

"No one likes to be on the outside" Gore said.

Shadowbdancing possesses the best early turn of foot in the field. Red Lead, in post 5, seems to be the only rival with the potential to challenge the pace. Red Lead, trained by Chris Hartman, finished third in last year's Iowa Derby.

Hightap leads an evenly matched field of nine in the Wild Rose. She

returns to Prairie Meadows for the first time since winning last year's Grade 3 Iowa Oaks.

The Chris Block-trained Choragus enters the race in good form. This will be her second time stretching out to a route of ground in 2010, and she should improve off her second-place finish in the Wayward Lass at Tampa in

February.

Eric Reed trains the Jerry Jamgotchian-owned coupled entry of Polo Lounge and Patti's Regal Song. Reed has high hopes for Patti's Regal Song, who finished second in a

Keeneland allowance race in her last start despite encountering traffic

troubles.

"She is some kinda horse," Reed said. "She's got big things ahead of her."

Patti's Regal Song, a 4-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song who has made only five starts, was steadied into the far turn of the Keeneland race, and then was carried wide into the stretch.

As for Polo Lounge, "She woke up when we ran her on the dirt," Reed said. "I am hoping she will sit back and pick up the pieces at the end."