05/14/2003 12:00AM

River Downs track report


Fourteen Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies were entered for the first stakes of the River Downs meet, Saturday's $50,000 Tomboy at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Considering few of the entrants have turf experience, the field's composition is unlikely to change dramatically if rain, which is forecast for Saturday, forces the race to the main track.

The likely favorite regardless of surface is Heavenly Jet, a winner of four consecutive races, all at Beulah Park, including the Royal North Stakes on April 6. Though untested around two turns, Heavenly Jet, a daughter of Lord Avie out of a Lear Fan mare, has the pedigree to get the distance and appreciate the turf.

Whitewater Way, the only filly who has ever beaten Heavenly Jet, has route experience and figures to be the main threat. Other contenders include Orangeberry, Lead the Parade, Kiosk, and Quick N Fancy.

* Perry Ouzts and Jorge Guerra have put some distance between themselves and the rest of the riding colony after the first month of the meet. Ouzts had 32 wins while Guerra had 28 through Tuesday's card.

Defending champion John McKee, who is riding primarily at Churchill Downs this spring, is tied for eighth in the standings despite riding only on selected Mondays and Tuesdays.