05/09/2006 11:00PM

River Downs track report


Fans got another peek at a rising star last Thursday, when Fight Girl, a 3-year-old filly, won a second-level statebred allowance by five lengths. The victory was the third in nine starts for Fight Girl, who was second in the Tah Dah and Miss Ohio stakes last season.

The primary goal for most statebred fillies with established class is the Queen City Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, which will be renewed at River Downs on July 22. Although Fight Girl has yet to race around two turns, her pedigree suggests stretching out should not be a problem. Fight Girl is by Fit to Fight, who swept the New York handicap triple in 1984, out of a mare by Flamingo Stakes winner Cherokee Colony.

Three-year-old statebred fillies will kick off the River Downs stakes schedule next Saturday, May 20, in the $50,000 Tomboy at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

* The track was plagued by frequent rain the first several weeks of the meet, during which only one turf race went off as scheduled. But six turf races were run at River Downs between Saturday and Tuesday. The richest, a $16,700 open allowance on Sunday, went to The Potters Hand, who won by 1 1/4 lengths. The victory was the fourth in seven turf starts for The Potters Hand, a potential player in next month's Sydney Gendelman Memorial, in which he was fourth last year.