08/22/2006 11:00PM

River Downs track report


The River Downs meet is traditionally divided into two sessions every year, with separate jockey and trainer titles awarded at the end of each. And while there may be a different leading rider for each session, there is no dispute this year as to which rider has been the most dominant overall.

With a little more than a week remaining in the season, jockey Rodney Prescott had 99 wins at River this year, 40 more than his closest pursuer, Greg Schaefer. Prescott padded his lead Sunday by booting home three winners, though he had to settle for second aboard Sir Traver in the day's feature, a $19,200 allowance on the turf, which was won by The Potters Hand.

Through Tuesday, Edgar Paucar held a three-win lead over Prescott for the current session, which began on June 25.

The trainers race is much tighter. Through Tuesday, Rinzy Nocero had a commanding 17-9 lead over Larry Holt for the current session title, but held a slim 24-23 lead over Holt for overall wins since the season commenced April 14.

* Less than two weeks after pulling a 27-1 upset in the Queen City Oaks, Fight Girl is back in at River Downs in Saturday's featured $15,000 allowance at a mile and 70 yards. Unlike the Oaks, however, the field is not restricted to 3-year-old fillies, and Fight Girl will have her hands full facing older, more accomplished fillies and mares.

Among those likely to go favored are Pullman Lady, a stakes winner at Mountaineer last year; Tiffany Touch, a multiple allowance winner at Aqueduct last winter; and Azidiscount, a winner at this level at River on July 9.