06/09/2005 12:00AM

Thistledown: Flip Side moves to dirt


Flip Side, winner of the 1 1/16-mile Tomboy Stakes at River Downs in her last start, goes for two in a row in the $45,000 J. William Petro Memorial Handicap at Thistledown. The Petro, for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies, will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

A daughter of Devil His Due, Flip Side won the Tomboy by a length. In her prior start, May 10, she finished third, beaten 7 1/4 lengths, after showing speed into the stretch of an open allowance sprint at River Downs. Trained by William Napier, Flip Side will be ridden Lori Wydick at 119 pounds.

Perfect Connection finished fourth in the Tomboy after being taken up sharply and could be the main threat to Flip Side. Perfect Connection is trained by Angel Hyland.

Bold Passage has been facing tough company. She returns from a seventh-place finish in her season debut, against allowance company going six furlongs at Arlington Park. Last December she finished third against allowance horses at Calder Race Course. Her last win came here Oct. 9, when she captured the $60,000 John W. Galbreath. Julio Felix is named to ride Bold Passage, who has been assigned high weight of 123 pounds.