07/07/2010 11:00PM

Syd Licious tries again


The second of this week's two Iowa Stallion Stakes, dedicated to progeny of stallions whose shares were donated to the Iowa Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association stallion service auction, will be run Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

Six 3-year-olds will compete at a mile and 70 yards for a purse of $81,840. The base purse of $60,000 is bolstered by an additional $21,840 in Iowa-bred supplements, since all of the starters were bred in Iowa.

Trainer Dave McShane's Syd Licious is taking a second shot at the stallion series after finishing fifth in last year's Iowa Stallion Futurity. The added distance of this year's race should improve his performance. Syd Licious made his first start over a route of ground in his last out and finished second by two lengths in statebred allowance company to Monroe Wildcat, who in his previous start finished third in the Grays Lake Stakes.

Wild for Glory will be trying stakes company for the second time. In last year's Iowa Cradle, he failed to finish when he fell. The Gene Jacquot trainee is coming off a five-length victory in a statebred conditioned allowance race last Saturday.

Never count trainer Dick Clark out of any race at Prairie Meadows. With more than 1,000 career victories here, he is the winningest trainer in Prairie Meadows's 21-year history. The Clark barn has been heating up recently, with three of his five wins at the meet coming since Fourth of July weekend. With the potential for a three-way speed duel among Syd Licious, Wild for Glory, and Captain Theo, the late-running maiden Hum Along Mara may just have an opportunity to pick up the pieces.