01/12/2006 12:00AM

Shocking to see 12 taking on Hot Storm

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When a horse dominates her rivals in the manner that Hot Storm has ruled the filly-mare sprint division in recent months at Turfway Park, it doesn't make sense for horses to keep coming at her in droves.

And yet an overflow field awaits Hot Storm, an emphatic winner of her last three races, in the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes on Saturday. The six-furlong Wishing Well is the highlight of a 12-race card at Turfway in Florence, Ky.

, owned by Cincinnati resident Bob Adams and trained by Dallas Stewart, has sandwiched victories in the Sept. 10 Weekend Delight and the Dec. 3 Holiday Inaugural around a November allowance win at Churchill Downs.

In the Weekend Delight and Holiday Inaugural, both at Turfway, the runner-up was Dewey's Trick, who will be back trying to beat Hot Storm on Saturday.

"I really was wishing Hot Storm wasn't in there," trainer John Good said with a chuckle. "But seeing that she is, I guess the best we can hope is that she doesn't have her best day."

Good, 27, is a longtime former assistant to Bob Baffert. Good has 15 horses at Turfway, including Dewey's Trick, a 5-year-old mare who was sent to him by owner Richard O'Neill about two months ago.

"One of the reasons to run in this race is to try to get her some big black type before breeding season starts," said Good.

Apparently that is the mindset of the other horsemen represented in the Wishing Well. A field of 13, including one also-eligible, was entered. Hot Storm was assigned post 5 and post 11.

Jesus Castanon, who has been riding primarily at Tampa Bay Downs the last two weeks, reclaims the mount aboard Hot Storm. Castanon was the leading rider at the Turfway Holiday meet that ended Dec. 31.

For a longshot play, , starting in post 9, might be worth a try if for no other reason than her 2-for-2 record over the Polytrack surface at Turfway.

This will be the 22nd running of the Wishing Well, which got its name from a printer's error. It was supposed to be named for Wishing Ring, a mare who returned $1,885.50 for a $2 win bet in 1912 at Turfway's forerunner track, the old Latonia Racecourse. The win payoff remains a North American record.

The Wishing Well is the 10th race on a Saturday program that begins at 1:10 p.m. Eastern.