09/18/2002 11:00PM

Thistledown: No betting

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NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - A short field and the presence of Ifufeelfroggyleap has prompted track management to run the $30,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes as a nonwagering exhibition race.

The race, for Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies, drew only five, including three maidens. Ifufeelfroggyleap has won two stakes.

Ifufeelfroggyleap has won three of her five starts, including the six-furlong Loyalty here and 5 1/2-furlong Tah Dah at River Downs. Her maiden win came going 4 1/2 furlongs at Arlington Park.

Ifufelfroggyleap's forte is sheer speed and she should have little difficulty winning this race on the front end. Julio Felix will ride for trainer Tim Hamm.

Gazelle Belle won a maiden race at first asking, going 5 1/2 furlongs at River Downs. She will be ridden by Luis Gonzalez and is trained by Jim Morgan.

The Emerald Necklace will be run at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, a half-hour before the first betting race.