05/12/2004 11:00PM

River Downs: 'Outrageous' ships up

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Outrageous Queen and Salvester, 3-year-old fillies who have made a collective 39 career starts, are the likely favorites in the $45,000 Tomboy Stakes. The Tomboy, the first stakes of the River Downs Meet, is restricted to Ohio-breds and will be run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Outrageous Queen and Salvester have each had long campaigns, but they've proven to be durable and, if anything, they enter the Tomboy in the best form of their careers.

Whether the race stays on turf or is moved to the dirt, bettors will probably lean toward Outrageous Queen. A daughter of Wild Event, Outrageous Queen is shipping up from Calder, where she missed winning a second-level allowance by a neck over the turf April 27. Before that race, Outrageous Queen had finished ninth and fifth in overnight stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Salvester, who also wintered in south Florida, returned to her home state in early April and easily captured the six-furlong Royal North Stakes at Beulah Park by over three lengths. Salvester has yet to try the grass, but her late-closing style will be effective in a race with plenty of early speed.

Royal Cup, Baba Gonzo, Happy Endings Too, Barnsy, and Jessica are other contenders who have the right mixture of stakes experience and turf genes to make their presence felt in the Tomboy.