09/17/2008 11:00PM

Strong closing card at Prairie Meadows


Prairie Meadows concludes its racing season Saturday night with an intriguing card highlighted by a pair of $75,000 Thoroughbred stakes. The closing-night program also includes three Quarter Horse stakes.

Day of Victory may have found an ideal spot in which to win her first stakes race in the 1 1/16-mile Prairie Meadows Oaks. Day of Victory will be making her third start of the meet. Earlier this summer she was second in the Panthers Stakes. But it was her third-place finish against the boys in the Iowa Derby that showed her affinity for the local surface.

Day of Victory, who finished fourth as the beaten favorite in the Arlington Park Oaks in her last start, is trained by Bob Holthus and will be ridden by Calvin Borel.

Jolie the Cat, who drew the rail, figures to be sent to the lead. If she's left alone, as she was earlier this year when she captured the Tiffiny Lass at Fair Grounds, she could be tough to catch.

Face the Cat has tested much tougher in his career and will be a short-priced favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Prairie Meadows Derby. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Face the Cat is making his second start off a lengthy layoff and figures to move forward off his fourth-place finish at Presque Isle Downs.

Trainer Judy Hicklin, who saddled the winner of Prairie's signature race, the Cornhusker Handicap, could cap off a huge season as she saddles Let It Rock, who appears to be a different horse since he was equipped with blinkers. Let It Rock will be seekings his third straight win and recorded a career-high Beyer while winning the Shakopee Stakes at Canterbury Park last time out.

Miss Missile has been entered in both the Prairie Meadows Oaks and Derby.