08/31/2005 11:00PM

Thistledown: Noon Win cuts back


Noon Win and Bold Passage will vie for favoritism as co-highweights heading a competitive field of 13 in the 35th running of the $40,000 Ohio Debutante Handicap at Thistledown.

Coming off three well-beaten efforts going 1 1/16 miles, Noon Win looks to return to her earlier form by shortening up. She is undefeated in four starts at the Debutante's six-furlong distance and has four stakes wins to her credit. Her most recent victory came May 10 against open allowance company at River Downs going six furlongs. Before that, she captured the six-furlong Royal North on April 9 at Beulah Park in her 2005 debut. Noon Win logged three stakes victories in 2004, winning the Emerald Necklace here Sept. 18, the Miss Ohio here Aug. 28, and the Tah Dah at River Downs on Aug. 1.

Noon Win is trained by Joseph Martin for Ronald Dewolf, and jockey Ernesto Oro will handle the riding assignment at 122 pounds.

Bold Passage will ship in from Arlington for trainer Austin Smith and owners George Smith and MCB Enterprises. She most recently finished third in the six-furlong Smart Deb on Aug. 13 at Arlington. Previously, she finished second in the 1 1/8-mile Queen City Oaks at River Downs, beaten 1 1/4 lengths after setting the pace into the stretch. Her last victory came on Oct. 9, 2004, in the John W. Galbreath here at 1 1/16 miles. Roman Chapa will come in to ride, also at 122 pounds.

Pyrite Bonds could be the one to beat, as she returns from a third-place finish at six furlongs facing open allowance fillies here Aug. 22. She hit the gate at the start of that race. In another six-furlong race, on July 6, Pyrite Bonds beat statebred fillies here. Trainer Miguel Feliciano, who has a 6-1-4 record from 21 starts in stakes this year, has engaged the riding services of his nephew Ricardo Feliciano at 115 pounds.