02/05/2005 1:00AM

Snack passes two-turn test


Mike Lauer got the answer he was looking for Saturday.

Lauer, who with his wife, Penny, bred and owns a 3-year-old named Snack, had been wondering whether the colt would be as effective in a two-turn race as he had been in winning back-to-back sprints leading into the $43,500 WEBN Frog Stakes at Turfway Park. The answer: Snack circled the field with an even better late kick to win the one-mile WEBN by three lengths.

Ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman, Snack paid $6.60. Catch Me, the 2-1 favorite, was second, 4 1/2 lengths ahead of Cat Shaker in a field of eight 3-year-olds.

Snack, an Indiana-bred by Afternoon Deelites, ran the mile in 1:38.06 over a muddy track. He rallied from far back to win the Indiana Futurity at Hoosier Park to close out his 2-year-old season, then won the Turfway Prevue in similar fashion in his 2005 debut.

Visionary and the filly Flexible Princess led early in the WEBN. Into the final turn, Zimmerman cut Snack loose, and within a quarter-mile it became apparent that Snack was well on his way to a third straight victory.

Lauer said Snack likely would run back in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial on March 5 at Turfway. The Battaglia is the local prep for the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes on March 26.