05/24/2005 11:00PM

River Downs track report


Jennifer Bartholomew, a Michigan native who gave up her pursuit of a veterinary career to train racehorses, won the first two races of her career Sunday, saddling longshot winners Missymissymissy ($31.60) and Double Barrell ($29.60).

Bartholomew, 24, left Michigan State before earning her degree in animal science, and briefly worked for trainer John Ward before taking out her license. She has six horses in training at River.

* Jockey Jose Calo, who was unseated during the running of the Tomboy Stakes on Saturday, walked away from the incident but was later found to have sprained an ankle. Calo did not ride the rest of Saturday's program and was expected to miss seven to 10 days, according to his agent, Tom Clark.

* Turf allowances with potential stakes implications were run Sunday and Tuesday.

On Sunday, the 3-year-old Ohio-bred Fierce Cat rolled to an easy 2 3/4-length victory over older rivals to take an open third-level allowance. A multiple stakes winner at 2 last year, Fierce Cat has now won two straight races this meet, having earlier captured a $25,000 claimer on the turf on May 6.

Next stop could be the $45,000 Green Carpet Stakes for statebred 3-year-olds on June 4.

Tuesday's featured $11,500 allowance for fillies and mares was comfortably won by the Kentucky-bred Lady Offense, but finishing second, in her first start of the year, was the Ohio-bred Always Dreaming, who was a close second in the Vivacious Handicap at River Downs last August.

Oh So Easy, who won the Vivacious last year, was scratched from Tuesday's feature.

* Jockey Perry Ouzts won three consecutive races Saturday, winning aboard Valleys Aly ($7), Prince Georgi ($4.60), and Cloud Forty Nine ($5.80).