05/21/2009 12:00AM

Shippers flock to pair of $50K's at Prairie


Prairie Meadows has carded two $50,000 1 1/16-mile stakes on Saturday: The Jim Rasmussen Memorial for 3-year-olds and up, and the Wild Rose for fillies and mares.

Six will run in the Jim Rasmussen, which is a prep for the Grade 2 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap on June 27.

Representing the old guard is the defending Cornhusker champ, Wayzata Bay, a 7-year-old son of Roar who will be making his first start since a lackluster effort in the Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on March 7.

He faces the 4-year-old Shadowbdancing, who is shipping in from Arlington Park but upset two stakes at Prairie Meadows last year: the Prairie Mile ($39.80) and Prairie Meadows Derby ($48.80). He has been aimed at this event by trainer Terrel Gore since his 1 3/4-length victory in Hawthorne's Bonasera Stakes on April 11.

Gore said Shadowbdancing shipped here because of his dislike for Arlington's Polytrack surface.

"Polytrack is not an option with this horse," he said. "We've tried him, and he just can't stand up on it."

Shadowbdancing has plenty of natural speed and breaks from the inside post.

Brady Baby ships in from Kentucky, and EZ Dreamer from Arizona. Brady Baby, who has raced four times at four different racetracks, may attempt to steal this race on the front end under Terry Thompson. EZ Dreamer, trained by Kory Owens, switches back to the main track after a series of solid efforts on the turf, including a near-miss second in Hollywood Park's Grade 3 Cinema Handicap last June.

Hurta and Sebastian County, who also shipped in from Chicago, round out the Rasmussen field.

In the Wild Rose, trainer Ray Tracy hopes stable star Rasierra will bounce back from a poor race in her turf debut at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

Two years ago, Rasierra finished second as a juvenile in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie at more than 56-1. Last June she won the Panthers Stakes here by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:35.49 for a mile, the fastest time for that distance by a 3-year-old at Prairie Meadows.

Rasierra breezed five furlongs in 59.03 seconds under Terry Thompson on May 17.

She drew the outside post in a field of seven.

"The outside will enable her to do what she wants to do tactically," Tracy said.

Nice Inheritance and Comely Grace, who have done their recent racing in the Southwest, pose serious threats to Rasierra.