09/01/2005 12:00AM

Top two from Lassie go again


Bountempo and Sentimental Charm, the one-two finishers in the Canterbury Lassie Stakes in July, have a rematch three hours south in Des Moines, Iowa, as they head a field of seven 2-year-old fillies in the $40,000 Prairie Meadows Debutante.

Bountempo has not raced since winning the 5 1/2-furlong Canterbury Lassie by two lengths over Sentimental Charm. A daughter of Cape Town, Bountempo is undefeated in two career starts.

Bountempo will have to overcome several firsts in the six-furlong Debutante. The distance will be farther than she has ever run, but both of her wins have come from off the pace, suggesting that the added half-furlong shouldn't be a problem. Bountempo will also be making her first start for a new trainer and rider: Hugh Robertson takes over the training duties from his son Maclean, while Terry Thompson picks up the mount after Seth Martinez rode the filly in her first two starts.

Since finishing second in the Lassie, Sentimental Charm scored an easy 2 1/2-length victory against Minnesota-breds in the $55,000 Northern Lights Debutante at Canterbury on Aug. 21 for trainer Troy Bethke. Overall, Sentimental Charm sports a record of 2-2-0 from four starts, good for a field-topping $63,450 in earnings. David Essman picks up the mount aboard Sentimental Charm for owner-breeder James Peltier.

Iowa-bred Thekatcamehome is the main local threat in the Debutante. Thekatcamehome will be returning on one week's rest after finishing second, beaten a length as the 3-5 favorite, here last Saturday night in the $75,000 Iowa Sorority against statebreds. Dick Clark, the meet's leading trainer, has given Glenn Corbett a return call aboard Thekatcamehome in the Debutante.