07/10/2003 11:00PM

River Downs: Sunday kind of team


Spending Sundays at River Downs has been a productive exercise for the Thistledown-based team of trainer Tim Hamm and jockey Julio Felix. Last Sunday, Hamm and Felix won the Cincinnatian Stakes, and they are back this week with a good chance to win the $40,000 Tah Dah Stakes for Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Hamm entered three in the 5 1/2-furlong Tah Dah but may run only one, because Felix was named to ride all of them. The most logical of the trio is Barnsy, who won her maiden race at first asking in open company at Churchill Downs, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 70.

With no filly-only stakes in the region to choose from, Barnsy's connections next sent her to Belmont Park for the Fashion Stakes on June 5. She ducked out at the start and was a badly beaten fourth in a field of five.

Ding's Thing, a 7 1/2-length winner of her debut at Thistledown, would likely be the second choice for Hamm.

Anna Em, second in a $50,000 maiden claimer at Churchill, is a probable threat as she also earned a Beyer Figure of 70 in her debut. Privately purchased since that race, Anna Em is now trained by Tom Amoss. Calvin Borel is in from Ellis Park to ride.

Another likely contender is Thesmellofhoney, who has a victory and a second in her first two starts at Churchill for trainer Bernie Flint.