04/25/2007 12:00AM

Top Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies pointed toward Tomboy


Two of the best Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies in training were set on a collision course when they each won an allowance race here Sunday. Mini Mom, trained by Tim Hamm, and Cryptohio, trained by Doug Cowans, are both now headed for the $50,000 Tomboy on May 19.

Mini Mom, last year's divisional champion, won a statebred optional claiming race at one mile by four lengths. It was her third win going two turns.

"We will next enter her in the Tomboy, along with a few others," Hamm said.

Cryptohio has made two starts. She destroyed a field of maidens by nearly 20 lengths going six furlongs at Beulah Park on March 30, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 82. On Sunday she proved she could go two turns by winning a mile and 70-yard statebred allowance by nearly eight lengths.

When Cowans was asked where Cryptohio would start next, he responded, "If everything goes as planned, the Tomboy."

Nominations for the Tomboy, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, close May 8.

* Another divisional champion, Catlaunch, raced Saturday. Trained by Ivan Vasquez, Catlaunch won his 2007 debut, an open allowance, by four lengths in 1:10.20, the fastest six-furlong time of the meet. He will next run in the Babst/Palacios at Beulah Park on Kentucky Derby Day, May 5.

* The first turf race of the year was run Tuesday. The $25,000 maiden claiming race was won by With Cat Approval, trained by Mike Tammarro. The turf course will be utilized mainly Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as it was last year.