08/04/2004 11:00PM

Retama: Patty back with 3-year-olds

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Wacky Patty accomplished so much last year that it's easy to forget that she is just a 3-year-old. But that is the case, and she will get back to racing with her own age group for the first time since March in the $40,000 Lakeway at Retama Park near San Antonio.

A seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, the Lakeway drew a field of nine horses, with seven of them bred in Texas.

Wacky Patty is one of the few from outside the Lone Star State. Bred in Florida, she is the field's most accomplished runner with five wins to her credit and earnings of $265,489.

Wacky Patty picked up her first stakes in her second career start in July 2003, when she captured the Grade 3 Landaluce at Hollywood Park. From there, she won the $75,000 Chargedupsycamore over seven furlongs in November at Delta Downs and the $40,000 Genesis, also at Delta Downs, in January.

In recent times, Wacky Patty has been facing older mares. She raced over a wet track for the first time last out and finished eighth in the $75,000 Miller Lite at Lone Star Park, and following that June race was third in a competitive allowance race for fillies and mares at Retama on July 30.

Jeremy Beasley has the mount on Wacky Patty for trainer Paul Duhon.

Bluegrass Sara could be tough to handle. She was fourth last out in a competitive running of the $50,000 Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs, and shows some nice works for her first start back from a brief freshening. Leading rider Roman Chapa has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.