07/14/2005 11:00PM

Risen Empress a filly on the go

Skip Smith
Where Is My Daddy, winning the Mademoiselle, has lost to Risen Empress.

Risen Empress, a winner of two straight against Louisiana-breds and stakes-placed against open company earlier in the Louisiana Downs meeting, will attempt to extend her win streak in Sunday's Hallowed Dreams Stakes. The six-furlong statebred headliner is named for the remarkable Louisiana-bred filly who strung together 16 wins in a row in her home state a few years ago.

While a useful sort earlier in her career, Risen Empress has blossomed since coming under trainer Harry Hahn's care late in the spring. Her first start for Hahn came in the Dixie Miss Stakes on May 21, when she outran her 21-1 odds to complete the exacta. Proving that effort was no fluke, Risen Empress once again rallied from off the pace despite traffic problems to win a statebred allowance race in her next start.

In her most recent outing, in late June, Risen Empress was ridden by Gerard Melancon for the first time and responded with another late run to prevail narrowly. Overlooked that day at more than 5-1, she promises to be a shorter price on Sunday. Hahn will once again give Melancon a leg up.

Where Is My Daddy, a stakes winner twice at Delta Downs this year, will seek to avenge the defeat she suffered at the hands of Risen Empress while odds-on in her last start.

Trained by Cole Norman, Where Is My Daddy mounted a strong bid that day after stalking the early pace. Unfortunately for her, the second quarter-mile was part of an opening half-mile fraction of 45, and she understandably grew a bit weary down the lane, settling for third. A kinder pace scenario Sunday should agree with her, and the public is likely to agree, as she will vie for favoritism once again. Carlos Gonzalez will be in the saddle.

Rouxbee, fourth against open company in her last out but a winner to begin the meeting in May, also merits consideration in the Hallowed Dreams. From the Al Stall Jr. stable, she breezed a bullet five furlongs last week in 1:00 and appears to be poised for a big effort. Jose Riquelme will ride.