09/28/2004 11:00PM

Stellar Jayne a visiting star

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Stellar Jayne, here winning the Gazelle at Belmont Park, has raced against Grade 1 competition in each of her last four starts.

ANDERSON, Ind. - Stellar Jayne should start as a deserving favorite in Friday night's $400,000-added Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks, but the eight others, including recent Grade 2 winner Capeside Lady, have solid designs on the race themselves.

D. Wayne Lukas brings in , one of the more accomplished fillies ever to run in the 1 1/16-mile Oaks, now in its fourth year as a Grade 3. She has been first or second in her past five starts, including the last four against Grade 1 company, and has won the Mother Goose and Gazelle at Belmont Park.

Her only recent defeats have come at the hands of the best in her division, Ashado and Society Selection, ranked one-two in the 3-year-old filly division by Daily Racing Form's national handicapper, Mike Watchmaker. Stellar Jayne comes to Hoosier Park with earnings of $846,551 and a career record of 6-2-1 in 16 starts. With regular rider Robby Albarado in the saddle from post 6, Stellar Jayne is the horse to beat in what could be a closer-than-expected race.

Capeside Lady comes to Hoosier Park off a 6 1/2-length win in the Grade 2 Monmouth BC Oaks. Her last two wins, and four of her five career victories, have come on an off track. Chris DeCarlo will be in to ride Capeside Lady from post 4.

Shug McGaughey has sent in the Gazelle runner-up, Daydreaming, who will break from post 7 with John Velazquez aboard. Daydreaming forced the pace set by Stellar Jayne in the 1 1/8-mile Gazelle, put a head in front through midstretch, but settled for second that day, a length behind the winner.

Adobe Gold and Lenatareese are both making jumps into graded company while riding the crest of three-race winning streaks. Adobe Gold, trained by Martin Wolfson, has posted consecutive victories in the Halo America, Mia's Hope, and Miss Medallion Stakes at Calder Race Course. She will have Eddie Castro aboard from post 1.

Lenatareese, from the barn of David Carroll, has moved through the allowance ranks, and in her most recent effort captured the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park on July 31. In the 1 1/16-mile Audubon, on turf, Lenatareese closed from 11 lengths back after a half-mile to earn a half-length victory. She should be flying through Hoosier's quarter-mile stretch. Brice Blanc will ride from post 8.

The Oaks goes as the ninth race with an expected post time of 9:45 p.m. Eastern. The expanded 12-race card gets under way at 6:10 p.m.

Sir Shackleton tops derby line

Sir Shackleton and Pollard's Vision have been installed as the early favorites in a field of nine entered for Saturday's Grade 2, $500,000-added Indiana Derby at a 1 1/16 miles.

Sir Shackleton, winner of the West Virginia Derby on Aug. 7, has been made the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the 10th edition of the Indiana Derby. Rafael Bejarano will return to Hoosier Park to ride Sir Shackleton for trainer Nick Zito, starting from post 2.

Pollard's Vision, this spring's Illinois Derby winner and second in the West Virginia Derby, was made the second choice at 7-2. He drew the rail and John Velazquez has been named to ride by trainer Todd Pletcher.

Pollard's Vision also has been entered in Friday night's Grade 3 Pegasus at The Meadowlands.

Brass Hat, upset winner of the Ohio Derby, completes a trio of derby winners entered. Trained by William Bradley, Brass Hat drew post 8 and will have the riding services of Willie Martinez.

The field, from the rail out: Pollard's Vision, Sir Shackleton, Hasslefree, Perfect Moon, Quintons Gold Rush, Avid Skier, Suave, Brass Hat, and Edgerrin.