06/02/2010 11:00PM

Slewzoom finding stride as 3-year-old


ALTOONA, Iowa - Trainer John Wainwright sends out Slewzoom in the Prairie Mile for colts and geldings, one of two $60,000 stakes at a mile for 3-year-olds Saturday at Prairie Meadows. The Panthers for fillies and mares is also on the card.

Slewzoom has steadily improved since making his debut in a maiden claiming race at Arlington in May 2009. He has won his last two starts, an April allowance race at Hawthorne and an allowance last month at Prairie Meadows.

"He's a big colt and was kind of slow to come around last year," said Wainwright, a 47-year veteran in the sport. "We took him up to Prairie, and he won that race, so we figured we'd try it again."

Wainwright said that Slewzoom has been training well and is ready for the race.

"He's been doing his own thing," he said. "He's fit. I am not concerned with him being fit enough."

Slewzoom will have to bring his best to defeat the field's other six entrants, including the front-running Forestry Type. Forestry Type held on to win his last race, a first-level optional claimer, by 2 3/4 lengths after leading by 10 lengths early.

"It looked like they were going to take him at the top of the lane, but he found another gear," trainer Dale Bennett said. "You've got to let him run his race. You just can't fight him. You have to let him bound along. He's got a fast cruising speed. If you take a hold of him, he'll get rank."

In the Panthers, Steve Asmussen sends out morning-line favorite Remit, who returns after winning a one-mile allowance in her season debut May 8 at Churchill.

"She was well thought of as a 2-year-old," said Scott Blasi, Asmussen's assistant trainer. "She broke her maiden at 2 at Churchill. This is her second race back. A $60,000 stake with straight 3-year-olds is the next logical step."

Blasi said Remit has been working steadily and appears sharp for the race.

"I think she's fit," he said. "She's fresh and happy."

Trainer Lynn Chleborad sends two of the eight entrants in the Panthers: Chandlers Heart and Tornado Betty. Chleborad said she expects a better outing for Tornado Betty, who finished fifth after a troubled trip in the Prairie Rose

"I think you need to throw that race out," she said. "She got in between horses tight. She didn't care for it. She tried to run over the horse in front of her."

Before the Prairie Rose, Tornado Betty won the Goldfinch on opening weekend at Prairie Meadows.