12/28/2005 12:00AM

Sampson's Son on hot streak


BOSSIER CITY, La. - A win in Friday's optional claiming feature, for those who have not won twice at a mile or farther on the turf this year, would be a great way to end the season on a high note for someone in the field of 10. Several entered in the one-mile turf race with an $80,000 claiming option have dealt with disappointment this year, but for others, such as Sampson's Son, a win on Friday would be icing on the cake.

comes in riding a two-race winning streak. The first victory came on the Churchill turf in November, and the other in an off-the-turf race here Dec. 8. A son of Lil's Lad, Sampson's Son earned identical Beyer Figures of 94 in each win, and continues to race in top form for trainer Steve Hobby. Robby Albarado will be aboard again.

has also enjoyed a good run this fall, winning the Donnie Wilhite Memorial Stakes toward the end of the regular Louisiana Downs meeting in October and the Conroe Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in his most recent start. Trained by Steven Duke, Dreamsandvisions has established himself as one of the best 3-year-old turf performers in the region, and has also faced older company with some measure of success. Luis Quinonez once again has the call.

will make his first start since a solid second-place performance in the Northern Spur Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park in mid-April. He has started once before on the turf, a professional win in the Gentilly Handicap against fellow Louisiana-breds for veteran trainer Andy Leggio. Calvin Borel has picked up the mount.

Another making his first start in some time is . Idle since just missing in the John Henry Stakes at Arlington Park on Sept. 10, he has been working steadily for trainer Shannon Ritter, including a bullet five-furlong move over the local main track on Dec. 19. Larry Melancon has been given the call.

* Donnie Meche received a Louisiana jockey's license on Wednesday morning, was cleared to ride by stewards at Louisiana Downs, and was named on a horse in the first race Friday at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs. The race will be Meche's first since March, when he was suspended a total of 210 days by Oaklawn Park stewards for refusing to furnish a drug test and for "conduct detrimental to racing."

- additional reporting by Marcus Hersh