11/08/2006 1:00AM

A rematch with title on the line


The $40,000 Miss Indiana Stakes, which goes as the 12th and final race on Friday's program at Hoosier Park, features a rematch between Amature's Prize and Tawny Two Swan, the one-two finishers in last month's City of Anderson Stakes.

With honors for statebred 2-year-old filly on the line, the Miss Indiana figures to be a more intriguing race from a sporting perspective than for wagering. Though a total of eight fillies were entered in the Miss Indiana, there is one two-horse entry and one three-horse entry, which leaves bettors with just five wagering interests.

Amature's Prize figures to be a solid favorite based on her win in the City of Anderson, a race in which she benefited from a contested early pace. Nearly eight lengths behind after a quarter-mile, Amature's Prize made a strong rally to collar the leaders just inside the eighth pole and won by 3 1/4 lengths.

Tawny Two Swan easily held second in the City of Anderson, but had nothing left for the final furlong after repelling two earlier bids from rivals Carson River and Silken Dreams, both of whom were entered back in the Miss Indiana. If Tawny Two Swan is unable to shake off those two fillies again, Amature's Prize may again hold the advantage late.