06/01/2007 11:00PM

Top fillies meet for first time


Amature's Prize and Basin Banannie, the leading Indiana-bred 2-year-old fillies last year, never faced each other last fall, but will have their long-awaited first meeting Monday at Indiana Downs in the $45,000 Indiana First Lady Stakes.

Both fillies will be stepping out of their comfort zone - which to this point has been dirt sprints - in this two-turn turf race. The Indiana First Lady is run at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Amature's Prize, the more precocious of the two last season, will likely be favored. A winner at first asking in an open maiden race at Mountaineer last August, Amature's Prize notched stakes wins in the City of Anderson and Miss Indiana at Hoosier Park in her only two starts in statebred company last year. Amature's Prize was a fast-closing third in her season debut in allowance company at Indiana Downs in late April.

Basin Banannie made the first three starts of her career in a span of 20 days last November at Hoosier Park. After finishing second in her debut, Basin Banannie won her next two starts by a combined 17 lengths, including the filly division of the Indiana Stallion Stakes. Basin Banannie enters off of a third-place finish against older statebred females in the Shelby County Stakes.

Another filly to consider is She's a Red Devil, who never has run on grass. She is a daughter of Presidential Order, who is better than average as sire of debut turf winners.