05/20/2002 11:00PM

Take Charge Lady healthy


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Ken McPeek said he expects to run Take Charge Lady in Saturday's Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs after the filly worked a half-mile in 49.20 seconds here Tuesday morning.

Take Charge Lady, whose three-race win streak was snapped when she finished second as the favorite in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks, was expected to be an overwhelming favorite last Friday in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. But after being diagnosed with a lung infection, McPeek withdrew her from the race, saying he hoped to run her in the Dogwood instead.

"What she had wasn't a big deal, but the timing of it was," said McPeek. "She never had a temperature or a cough. She just scoped a little dirty, that's all. We've cleared it up, and now she's back doing good again."

, who was ridden in her work by regular rider Tony D'Amico, is expected to face a small- to medium-sized field of 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Dogwood, a Grade 3 race at 1 1/16 miles. Likely opponents include Allamerican Bertie, Charmed Gift, French Satin, Jaramar Rain, Lotta Rhythm, and possibly Ms Brookski.

Habibti, who was third in the Kentucky Oaks, was nominated to the Dogwood and has been active in the mornings but will not run, said trainer Bob Baffert.

In the Monday feature, the $150,000 Kentucky Breeders' Cup for 2-year-olds, Holiday Runner, winner of the Three Chimneys Juvenile, would be a solid favorite if she runs, but trainer D. Wayne Lukas has not yet committed the filly to the 5 1/2-furlong race. Fillies have won six of the 14 runnings of the Kentucky BC.

Others expected for the Grade 3 Kentucky BC are Awesome Humor, Blackjack Boy, Expression, Lordy Lordy Lordy, Posse, Southern Alert, and Stardust Babe.

With Churchill open Monday because of the Memorial Day holiday, the track will be dark on Wednesday, May 29.

Harlan's Holiday gets a vacation

McPeek said Tuesday he has taken Harlan's Holiday out of training and will "monitor his weight for the next seven to 10 days" before deciding whether to turn out the colt or simply keep him at his Churchill barn.

"We're looking at a late-summer to early-fall campaign for him," said McPeek. "He's lost some weight. He deserves a break."

Harlan's Holiday, winner of the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes, finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Preakness.

Spain will race after breeding

Spain, who became the all-time leading filly-mare earner by winning her last race, the May 3 Louisville Breeders' Cup, is back in training with D. Wayne Lukas after having been bred to Storm Cat on May 15.

Spain is being pointed to the $300,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap, the Grade 2 race that is the richest undercard event on the June 15 Stephen Foster card. Owned by The Thoroughbred Corp., Spain has earned just over $3.3 million.

Tenpins possible for Foster

Tenpins, whose victory in the Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico Saturday was his fifth in a row, will be seriously considered for the Grade 1, $750,000 Foster Handicap, said trainer Don Winfree.

"We'll see what the weights look like," said Winfree, a Churchill regular for nearly 20 years. "It's getting about that time to try somebody with him."

Mighty Beau moves to Morse barn

Maybe Randy Morse is trying to corner the market on top-class turf sprinters.

Morse, who already has Morluc and Testify in his stable, said Tuesday he has purchased another promising turf sprinter, Mighty Beau, for owner Mike Cloonan.

Mighty Beau, a 3-year-old gelding, finished just a head behind the victorious Morluc last month in the Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland.

* Jockey James Lopez, who injured a wrist in a spill earlier this month, said doctors are optimistic that he will be able to return before the meet ends July 7. "I'm getting two pins taken out in two weeks, and the cast comes off in four weeks," he said.

* Three straight allowance races, culminating with a $50,700 sprint for older horses, highlight the Thursday card. Beverly Greedy, trained by Lynn Whiting, ranks among the top contenders in a field of seven entered in the ninth-race feature.