06/22/2005 11:00PM

Streak on line for Switch Lanes


Switch Lanes will attempt to stretch her winning streak to four when she starts as the 124-pound highweight against five other Iowa-bred fillies and mares in Saturday's $70,000 Hawkeyes Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

Switch Lanes has been one of the most successful claims ever made at Prairie Meadows. Owner Maggi Moss and trainer Dick Clark dropped a slip for $25,000 last

July 3 on the then 5-year-old Switch Lanes. Since then, Switch Lanes has recorded 5 wins - 3 of which have come in stakes - and 3 second-place finishes in 8 starts, good for over $175,000 in earnings.

Switch Lanes enters the 1 1/16-mile Hawkeyes off a pair of game stakes wins here. On May 14 she dueled throughout and scored a nose win over statebreds in the six-furlong Mamie Eisenhower. Three weeks later, in the June 4 Wild Rose, she stretched out to 1 1/16 miles against open company and led all the way, turning back Gamblers Passion by a neck over a wet-fast racing surface.

Switch Lanes, who concedes from 5 to 14 pounds to her five rivals Saturday, will likely control the pace again under Glenn Corbett.

Gamblers Passion turned in a huge effort in the Wild Rose, pressing the pace outside of Switch Lanes and falling just short at odds of 36-1. A 5-year-old daughter of Prospectors Gamble, Gamblers Passion won 5 of her 12 starts last year and was second, beaten three-quarters of a length, to Switch Lanes in the $75,000 Donna Reed here in August.

Gamblers Passion had finished off the board behind Switch Lanes in both of her starts this year before the Wild Rose and appears to be back in top form for trainer Gene Jacquot. Mike Allen has a return call on Gamblers Passion, who will carry 119 pounds in the Hawkeyes.

This One for Abbey is a threat from off the pace Saturday if Switch Lanes and Gamblers Passion get involved in an early duel. This One for Abbey has won 6 of her 15 starts, including the $65,000 Iowa Breeders' Oaks here last August. She enters the Hawkeyes off a come-from-behind nose victory over open allowance rivals here June 4 for trainer Ray Tracy. Cindy Noll will once again ride This One for Abbey, who gets in at 118 pounds.