08/11/2004 11:00PM

Sometimes a name tells the story


Due to Win Again seems to be in her prime. She has won three races already this year as opposed to one last year, and she has a good chance to add to that total Saturday in the $50,000 Sangue Handicap at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

A 7 1/2-furlong turf race for fillies and mares, the Sangue figures to produce starters for the $60,000 River Cities during the Super Derby festival of racing on Sept. 11.

Due to Win Again is the 121-pound highweight on Saturday. She won at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf in her sixth start of the year last out, when she was up by a half-length over Queena Corrina in an allowance at Louisiana Downs on July 16.

Earlier this year, she won the $50,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Louisiana Downs, with her other win coming in an $80,000 optional claimer at Fair Grounds on Jan. 30. In that race, she defeated Academic Angel, who went on to win the Grade 3 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star Park.

Penny Scarberry, who owns and bred Due to Win Again with her husband, Howard Scarberry, has been pleased with the year the 6-year-old mare has put together. Howard Scarberry trains Due to Win Again.

"She's running real good," said Penny Scarberry. "I think she's getting better with age."

Due to Win Again has a useful stalk-and-pounce way of going, and figures to get a nice trip behind horses like Southern Surprise, who set a fast pace while winning over seven furlongs last out, and Queena Corrina.

Queena Corrina, who gets six pounds from Due to Win Again, will break from the rail. A winner of 4 of her last 5 starts, she set the early pace in a turf allowance in her most recent race before being overtaken by Due to Win Again.

Luis Quinonez has the mount on Queena Corrina, who is the latest quality turf mare to race at Louisiana Downs for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. In the last two years, Von Hemel has won stakes at the meet with Bien Nicole and Bedanken, who will start at Arlington on Saturday in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Queena Corrina races for her breeder, Stan Wilson.

Others of note in the Sangue include Cherylville Slew, who has won her last two starts, including the $50,000 Margarita Breeders' Cup at Retama Park; Blue Guru, a stakes winner last year at Louisiana Downs; and the stakes-placed Kristina's Wish.