01/01/2004 1:00AM

Sunland Park track report


SUNLAND PARK, N.M. - Trainer Steve Asmussen has a strong uncoupled entry of entered in Saturday's $50,000-added Bold Ego Handicap, a 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares that drew a field of eight. Although Asmussen is dominating the trainer standings at this meet, he has yet to win a stakes - unusual considering he won six stakes here last year.

Dazzling Rubies will break from post 2, while City Sleeper has drawn the 8. Dazzling Rubies, a 5-year-old mare owned by Connie Scherr, is coming off consecutive seconds for a $50,000 tag at Keeneland and Churchill. Her lone win in 2003 was a two-other-than allowance at Arlington in June, but she is consistent, with three seconds and three thirds as well as the one win from 10 starts. Alfredo Juarez Jr. has the mount.

The 4-year-old City Sleeper won her maiden here last February. City Sleeper, owned by El Paso residents Kirk and Judith Robison, has since won the Lakeway Stakes at Retama on Aug. 16. She won a classified allowance here Dec. 2 at six furlongs. Casey Lambert has the return call.

The Argentine-bred 6-year-old Inox appears to have the best chance for an upset. Owned by R.D. Hubbard, Ed Allred, and Robert Masterson, Inox generally is a pace factor at longer distances. In the Bold Ego, she will likely be off the pace and will need some fast fractions to soften up the early leaders. Inox, trained by Bart Hone, won two stakes on this circuit in 2003 and comes into the Bold Ego off a 2 1/2-month layoff. Martin Bourdieu will ride.