08/25/2004 11:00PM

Thistledown: Noon Win lone stakes winner

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NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - The $40,000 Miss Ohio Stakes has drawn an interesting field of eight Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies, and figures to be highly competitive.

The lone stakes winner in the race is Noon Win, who won the 5 1/2-furlong Tah Dah at River Downs in her last start on Aug. 1. In her only other start, Noon Win, who has tactical speed, was second going 4 1/2 furlongs at Thistledown.

Noon Win is owned by Ronald De Wolf, trained by Joseph R. Martin, and will be ridden by Huber Villa-Gomez. She will carry 119 pounds, while all other starters are assigned 116.

Annabarr displayed vast improvement when she won her second start after trainer Alan Sobol added blinkers to her equipment. Weldon Cloninger Jr. has the mount.

Cloud Forty Nine won her maiden at first asking, then came back to be second, beaten a length by Noon Win, in the Tah Dah. She has the speed to make the lead in this race. Dana Whitney comes in from Mountaineer Park to ride for trainer Kristine M. Koza.

An interesting first-time starter is Cougar Ann, who has been training smartly for trainer Timothy Hamm, one of the most successful locally based trainers of young horses. She is coupled with another first-timer, Marketable. Cougar Ann will be ridden by Irwin Rosendo, while Ricardo Feliciano has the mount on Marketable.