06/15/2007 12:00AM

Regret Stakes preview


Saturday, June 16, 2007
Churchill Downs - Race 11
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Regret Stakes (Grade 3)
3-year-old fillies
Purse $200,000.

DASHES N DOTS takes a big step up in class, but she's shown that she can be a tough cookie when allowed to control the splits, and Garrett Gomez may send her immediately to the front in the Regret. She set a hot pace last time out over this course en route to a solid victory, and may prove an interesting pace play at a price (12-1 on the track's morning line).
LUNA DORADA improved her Beyer by 33 points in her first start on the turf, and she may be even tougher on Saturday as she makes the second start following the layoff. The Edgewood Stakes on May 4 was faster than a Grade 3 for 3-year-old males on the same day at Churchill, and Luna Dorada was right there at the finish. Expect another strong late burst. SWINGIT felt pretty in blinkers as she won the Edgewood in her first start with the hood. Her Beyer Speed Figures are going the right way, but she hasn't registered a published workout in three weeks as of this writing. Perhaps she runs better with her races more closely-spaced (won maiden off 20 day break, won Jessamine off 20 day break, won Edgewood off 12 day break), and she'll have to deal with a 43 day layoff in here.
DREAMING OF ANNA has never won a bad one on the turf, and the champion juvenile filly of 2006 obviously fits from a class standpoint. She has good early zip, and may be perched just off the top pick for the backstretch run. There's no denying her quality, but she's going to take a good deal of money, and she has yet to match her three best Beyers of last year in four 2007 outings. HIGH HEELS tries turf for the first time after running a game third in the Kentucky Oaks behind subsequent Belmont Stakes heroine Rags to Riches. Her dam went 9-3-1-0 on the lawn, and prevailed in her first turf start. If she takes to the turf, she'll be very dangerous from close range. GOOD MOOD switches to Prado after chasing Swingit and Luna Dorada in the Edgewood. She's a lightly-raced filly with tons of upside potential, and is another stretch threat in this competitive heat.

1. Dashes N Dots
2. Luna Dorada
3. Swingit