05/18/2007 11:00PM

She's Italian goes after sixth straight


CALGARY, Alberta - She's Italian seeks her sixth consecutive victory on Monday in the $50,000 Ken Pearson Memorial for fillies and mares here at Stampede Park.

Since teaming up with rider Jake Barton last September, the 4-year-old She's Italian has been on a roll that netted her a divisional championship, and she has not looked back this spring with a pair of sprint scores.

An Alberta-bred, She's Italian stretches out to one mile in the Pearson Memorial, which drew a field of 10 plus one also-eligible. She's Italian, who was assigned high weight of 123 pounds, drew post 4 and is certain to be heavily favored.

"She's a generous horse - I can put her anywhere in the race and she responds when you ask her," said Barton following She's Italian's facile win in the M.R. Jenkins Memorial here April 29.

That tactical speed will serve She's Italian well in this spot, and trainer Doug MacDonald sharpened her speed with a bullet five-furlong move of 59.20 on May 15.

"We didn't plan on going quite that fast, but a horse broke off in front of her and she chased him down," said MacDonald.

Banjo Babe, part of a Don Gilkyson-trained entry with probable pacesetter Certainly Regal, looms a threat and breaks just outside She's Italian with regular rider Stephan Heiler up. The 6-year-old Banjo Babe receives four pounds from the favorite. She was second to Tartan Star in the one-mile prep for this race on May 6.

Tartan Star was a handy winner in the good time of 1:37.60, but rider Perry Winters will have to fashion a trip here as the 4-year-old filly drew the outside post.