02/09/2006 12:00AM

Stewart has yet another contender


A horse from the Dallas Stewart stable has been the dominant force in recent months in the filly-mare division at Turfway Park. And when the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes is run Saturday at the Florence, Ky., track, Stewart could once again have a prominent role in the outcome.

This time, however, instead of Hot Storm - a winner of three Turfway stakes since September, not to mention a repeat winner in the Sunshine Millions series two weeks ago at Gulfstream Park - Stewart will be represented by Solid Platinum in the Likely Exchange, a one-mile race that drew 14 entries, 12 of which can start. As the winner of her latest start, a third-level turf allowance at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs, Solid Platinum looks like one of a handful of plausible contenders in the Likely Exchange.

, a 5-year-old Mr. Greeley mare, will be ridden by Rafael Mojica Jr. and break from post 4. Owned by Charles Kidder and John Griggs, Solid Platinum has won 4 of 9 career starts, and her lone attempt over the Polytrack surface at Turfway resulted in a victory last fall.

Among the other top contenders are , an improving Seeking the Gold filly who has posted two wins and a second in three tries over the Turfway Polytrack; Cat Quatorze, a 7 3/4-length winner of a second-level allowance on Jan. 22 at Turfway; and Gallant Secret, who also captured a second-level Turfway allowance in her most recent attempt.

The pace scenario looks like it should be honest to fast. Cat Quatorze has run her best on or near the early lead, but she figures to have company up front, given the presence of similarly quick challengers, such as Quite a Ruckus, Stavinsky's Gal, and Ms. Purr.

The Likely Exchange, named for a top racemare trained by Tommy Stevens Sr. in the mid-1970's, is carded as the 10th of 12 Saturday races at Turfway. The feature is directly preceded by a $25,500 first-level allowance sprint that drew eight 3-year-old fillies. Bourbonette, an impressive recent maiden winner, is the filly to beat for the leading jockey-trainer combination of Julien Leparoux and Greg Foley.