11/19/2010 2:00PM

Speightful Lady comes in off strong showing on Breeders' Cup Day


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Back-to-back first-level allowance races anchor a 10-race Sunday card that brings the race week to an end at Churchill Downs. There are no stars or standouts in either, but at least they’re well matched, with the program listing lukewarm favorites for both races.

The $52,300 eighth race, for fillies and mares going seven furlongs on the main track, could have Speightful Lady, entered off a runner-up finish in a similar race on the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup undercard at Churchill following a five-month layoff, as a slight choice. Robby Albarado will be aboard for trainer Dale Romans when the 3-year-old filly breaks from the outside post in a field of nine.

“She gave us a very respectable effort in front of all the people here for the Breeders’ Cup,” said Romans. “If she runs back to that, she should be right there. I like how she drew. Robby can just let things unfold and hopefully get her to move in the clear.”

Concert, Lokomamma, Gibson Crystal, and Jackie’s Express also bear watching.

The ninth race, also worth $52,300 and for fillies and mares, will be run at the three-turn distance of 1 3/8 miles on the turf. An overflow of horses, including a roster of also-eligibles, has been entered, with the actual number of starters limited to 12.

Dyani, with Julien Leparoux riding for trainer Eddie Kenneally, most recently was a decent fourth in the Dowager Stakes and could become the fans’ pick. Dyani, a 4-year-old Dynaformer filly, came to hand this summer at Saratoga by winning a maiden race and finishing a close second for this same allowance condition.

Leparoux, riding a recent hot streak, entered the Friday evening card tied with Albarado atop the fall-meet jockey standings with 15 wins each, with Shaun Bridgmohan just behind them with 14.

Other possibilities include Silk Route for the Hall of Fame tandem of Kent Desormeaux and Bill Mott, as well as Huxley Winner and Up in Lights.

One upset possibility is Molly Molly Molly, who bid into contention before settling for third in a shorter race here Nov. 4 and stands to benefit from the longer distance. Albarado assumes the reins.

After Sunday, Churchill goes dark for two days before the final five-day stretch commences Wednesday.