04/09/2008 11:00PM

Truly Quiet likely pick off background

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Horseplayers need not examine Beyer Speed Figures or earnings to determine the likely favorite in Saturday's featured ninth race at Lone Star Park. They need only look where the six fillies and mares have been racing.

A second-level allowance with a $35,000 claiming option at 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track, the race drew four horses who last raced at Sam Houston, one that raced at Lone Star (way back in July of last year), and one, Truly Quiet, who competed last time out at Oaklawn Park. With Oaklawn offering higher purses and generally perceived to have a higher quality of racing, Truly Quiet is the probable public choice.

To be fair, Truly Quiet has other strengths besides the company kept when she started at Oaklawn on March 26. Preceding that one-mile allowance race, in which she was a distant fifth, Truly Quiet was third at Bay Meadows in the Luck Be a Lady Handicap, a dirt sprint.

She is owned by Zayat Stables LLC - the leading owner in North American this year by earnings - and trained by Steve Asmussen, nine times the leading trainer at Lone Star. Jose Figueroa rides.

Katy's Gold Touch and Foolish Girl head the opposition, and like Truly Quiet, have placed in stakes - two times apiece, in fact. Katy's Gold Touch last did so in the Lone Star Oaks on turf, seemingly her surface of preference, while Foolish Girl earned her most recent stakes placing against Texas-bred opposition in the Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star last July.

Both fillies come off runner-up finishes. Katys Gold Touch rallied to lose by a head in an open allowance at Sam Houston on Feb. 2, and Foolish Girl was beaten a neck competing in a second-level allowance at Sam Houston March 1.

Amarula, Slew o' Platinum, and She's Got Thefever complete the field.

Pure Malt the favorite

Another allowance on the 10-race card is a 5 1/2-furlong main-track dash for fillies who have not won three races.

Pure Malt - who like Truly Quiet, is owned by Zayat Stables, trained by Asmussen, and ridden by Figueroa - finished a close fourth at Laurel Park in her last start March 6, an effort that should make her the public choice. Her Laurel performance earned her a Beyer Speed Figure of 75, easily the race's top last-race figure.

Clear on the Right, a last-to-first winner of a five-furlong allowance race at Delta Downs March 7, looms her main adversary. She is proven over the Lone Star main track, having won her debut at Lone Star last June.