11/02/2001 1:00AM

A stepping-stone race for Humble Danzig


Few in racing would look to the $25,000 Lady Razorback Futurity, a race for 2-year-old fillies bred in Arkansas, to produce a starter for the Grade 2, $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. But this year's running of the six-furlong race should when it is contested for the eighth time at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., on Sunday.

Humble Danzig, who in her last start finished second in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park, is the probable favorite for the Lady Razorback. Following the race, she will be pointed for the Golden Rod, a 1 1/16-mile race her breeder, owner, and trainer, James Danaher, won in 1999 with Humble Clerk.

Humble Danzig, who has won one of three career starts, will cut back to one turn for the Lady Razorback after she was beaten about five lengths in the one-mile Kentucky Cup.

"I think she's got enough early speed to, we hope, handle the [cutback]," said Danaher.

"She's a route horse, of course, but we're just hoping we've got her primed to where she can get up and win this race."

She is to be ridden by Gerard Melancon.

Princess Pamela, who finished a close third after setting much of the pace in her six-furlong debut last out at Turfway Park, may get the jump at the break in the Lady Razorback. Ron Ardoin has the mount for trainer James Garroutte.

Also on Sunday at Louisiana Downs, My Good Trick, who won his maiden by 2 3/4 lengths, will be looking for his second career win in the $25,000 Razorback Futurity for 2-year-olds bred in Arkansas. Since his bow, My Good Trick has turned in several strong works for trainer Earl Puckett. He will be ridden by James S. Long.

* Kettle Man earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 114 for his six-length romp in the $25,000 Island Whirl at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 27, his fourth win in as many starts at the meet, and a performance that helped him secure older horse of the meet honors at Louisiana Downs. Winners were announced Friday.

Trained by Cole Norman, Kettle Man is a son of Malagra, who also is the sire of Hallowed Dreams.

Chausson Poire, undefeated in three stakes at he track, was named horse of the meet, while Super Derby winner Outofthebox was named champion 3-year-old.

Other divisional winners were Midge Too, champion sprinter; Maysville Slew, turf; Tricky Storm, 2-year-old; Dancing Dreams, 2-year-old filly; and Broadway Show, champion claimer.