05/24/2006 12:00AM

River Downs track report


Sybles Angel, scratched from last Saturday's Tomboy Stakes on the turf, opted instead for a second-level statebred allowance on Sunday going six furlongs on the dirt. She had no problems dispensing with that field to win by 7 1/4 lengths as the 3-10 favorite.

A close second in the Glacial Princess Stakes at Beulah in her final start at 2, Sybles Angel has shown marked improvement this year, winning 2 of her 3 starts and losing the other by a neck. Sybles Angel earned a 77 Beyer for her allowance win, and figures as a leading contender for the Queen City Oaks later in the meet.

* One of the most productive trainers at River Downs also has one of the winningest horses in the country. Charlie Lawson, third in the standings through Tuesday with 5 wins from 14 starters, saddled Usher In to his sixth victory in nine starts this season in an $8,000 claimer last Friday.

Usher In, 6, debuted for Lawson on Jan. 16 in a $3,500 maiden claimer at Beulah, a race he won despite not having started since September 2003. Usher In worked his way through the conditioned claiming ranks during the winter and spring at Beulah, and at one point won three in a row, including an open $7,500 claimer.

Usher In is one of four horses in the country with six wins this year. Indy Energy, who won a starter allowance at River earlier in the meet, leads all runners in North America with eight wins this year.