08/16/2006 11:00PM

Truth by Ruth late threat at Retama


Truth by Ruth has a nice closing kick, and her trainer, Danny Pish, hopes to see it Saturday night, when she starts in the $65,000 Margarita Breeders' Cup at Retama Park.

A 1 1/16-mile turf race, the Margarita drew seven fillies and mares.

Truth by Ruth should start as one of the top choices on the strength of a summer campaign in which she held her own against stakes winners Rue des Reves, My Misty Princess, Comalagold, and Candy Ball in high-end allowances at Lone Star Park.

Truth by Ruth comes into the Margarita off a rare off-the-board finish, an eighth in the $40,000 Fresa on July 15. Candy Ball won that race, one start after winning an allowance by a neck over Truth by Ruth.

Truth by Ruth worked a half-mile here Aug. 12, and she should be farther off the pace Saturday.

"I think when she beats the best horses, she's mid-pack to maybe even well off the pace," Pish said. "She really comes home big."

Pish has given the mount to Iram Diego.

Columbus: All six have a shot

Super Call and Thoughtuwasatoad should vie for favoritism in Saturday's $15,000-added Van Berg Derby at Columbus, but there are no tossouts in the field of six.

For 3-year-olds, the Van Berg Derby is run at a mile and 70 yards.

A stakes winner last year, Thoughtuwasatoad tuned up for the Van Berg Derby in a 6 1/2-furlong second-level allowance prep here last Saturday, when he was second, beaten four lengths. Thoughtuwasatoad made a bid into the far turn, but could not sustain the effort.

Super Call has made six of his 11 starts at a mile or longer, including a maiden win at Lone Star Park at a mile June 24 and an entry-level allowance win at Columbus on Aug. 5.

Streakin Beauty has a chance to upset the two favorites. A 3-year-old filly, she finished third in a one-mile claiming race at Horsemen's Park on July 22, but she rebounded with a 3 3/4-length win in a second-level allowance at six furlongs here July 29. She will face males for the first time this year.

Indigo Rd is a threat to wire this field. He had a three-race win streak snapped here Aug. 5, when he was fourth in the Hall of Fame Stakes.

- Bill Hodtwalker

Great Lakes: 'Charedi' comes in hot

Charedi's Peak will try for her third straight win when she faces eight 3-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Ann Arbor Stakes. Contested at one mile, the Ann Arbor is the eighth race on the card, part of Great Lakes Downs's Fan Appreciation Weekend. First post is 6:30 p.m.

Charedi's Peak has won all four of her starts at Great Lakes Downs, including the Regret and Plymouth stakes in her last two starts. Last year, she won her career debut by 22 1/4 lengths and followed by winning the Michigan Juvenile Fillies. Charedi's Peak has employed a front-running style in all of her wins. She will be ridden by Mike Allen, who was aboard for both of her wins this year.

Trainer Laura Jackson will saddle a pair of fillies: Summer Cyclone, who was second to Charedi's Peak in the Regret and Plymouth, and Fiji Island, who won a pair of stakes here last year. The pair will be uncoupled in the wagering.

Nell's Enjoyment, third in the Plymouth Stakes, won an allowance race on Aug. 2 and has not been off the board this season. Leading rider Terry Houghton has the mount.

Rounding out the Ann Arbor field are Hi Class Gift, Mostly Magical, Miss Silversides, Amandy, and Silent Sunset.

- C.A. Shoemaker

Prairie Meadows: 'Sue' faces elders

Miss Macy Sue goes for her first stakes victory when she faces five older rivals in the $40,000 Iowa State Fair Stakes at six furlongs at Prairie Meadows.

A 3-year-old filly, Miss Macy Sue enters the State Fair off a pair of runner-up efforts behind graded stakes winner Hot Storm. On June 30, Miss Macy Sue chased Hot Storm throughout and finished 1 1/2 lengths back in the $100,000 Saylorville here. Most recently, Miss Macy Sue shipped to Mountaineer Park and set the pace to midstretch before dropping a 2 1/2-length decision to Hot Storm in the $85,000 West Virginia Secretary of State at six furlongs Aug. 6. Kelly Von Hemel trains Miss Macy Sue, who is 3-2-1 from 8 starts.

Miss Macy Sue faces significantly easier rivals Saturday and could lead all the way under Terry Thompson, who has a return call in the State Fair.

Silver Fortune may have the best chance at an upset. She cuts back to a sprint and figures to be rallying strongly through the stretch under jockey Alex Birzer. Ray Tracy Jr. trains Silver Fortune, a 5-year-old mare who has 7 wins in 29 starts. Her earnings of $148,650 top the State Fair field.

- Dave Basler

Remington: Zee Oh Six returns

Zee Oh Six put together a memorable campaign last year at Remington Park, where he won four of five starts, including three stakes races. Saturday night, he will return to the track to make his season debut in the $50,000 Silver Goblin.

A 6 1/2-furlong race for Oklahoma-breds, the Silver Goblin also includes stakes winners Herecomesthemannow and George Taylor.

Zee Oh Six closed his 2005 season with a win over open company in the $40,000 Governor's Cup at Remington on Nov. 26. He shows a series of strong works for Saturday's race.

"I expect him to run a big race the way he's been training right now," said trainer Joe Lucas. "I couldn't ask for him to be coming into the race any better than how he is."

Zee Oh Six could get a stalking trip just off of Marq French and Lumbre in the Silver Goblin.

"Depending on what everybody else wants to do, he can either go to the lead or he can sit off of it, but he's not going to be coming from way out of it," said Lucas.

- Mary Rampellini