09/22/2006 12:00AM

Turf mare Our Love Kentucky-bound for First Lady


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Our Love will not be beaten this meet at Louisiana Downs. She has won all four of her scheduled starts here, and is now headed to Keeneland. Trainer Jeff Trosclair said Our Love is being pointed to the Grade 2, $200,000 First Lady for fillies and mares at a mile on turf Oct. 14.

Our Love was the winningest horse at the Louisiana Downs meet through Friday, a season during which she has won two stakes and two allowances. Her most recent score came in the $53,000 Majorette Handicap at about five furlongs on turf Sept. 16. Prior to that race, Our Love won the $100,000 Matchmaker at a mile on turf Aug. 19, an allowance at 1 1/16 miles on the grass July 30, and a five-furlong turf allowance June 2.

"She never ceases to amaze me what she can do," said Trosclair. "And turning back in distance, stretching out, and turning back again. I always wonder how does she know if she's going five furlongs or a mile and a sixteenth? And she seems to know."

Our Love races for Alane Inc., and Trosclair said the owners have indicated that this will be the final season of racing for the 6-year-old mare. She is scheduled to close out her career in the Champions Day Turf at Fair Grounds on Dec. 9. She has won 10 of 22 starts and $371,835.

Our Love has won five stakes during her career, and has been on top of her game all year long.

"I think that she's just blossomed this year," Trosclair said. "She's run five times and won four and had a pretty legitimate excuse in the one race she was beaten in."

Our Love's lone defeat this year came when she was second in a turf stakes during the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs. She is a daughter of Combat Ready and a full sister to six-time stakes winner Leslie's Love.

Spacing works for Meteor Impact

Meteor Impact is in the best form of his career, and it appears he responds to having his races spaced apart. He has earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in his last three outs, his latest a 100 for his win in the $100,00 Cajun during the Louisiana Downs Champions Day here Aug. 19.

His next start will probably come on Dec. 9, in the Champions Day Sprint at Fair Grounds, said his trainer, Connie Tassistro.

"We might get a prep race in him, we might not," Tassistro said. "He really doesn't need one. We've been running him like that. He gives you everything he's got running every two, three months."

Meteor Impact registered his first triple-digit Beyer Figure, a 103, for an allowance win at Evangeline Downs on April 5. He made his next start on July 1, and earned a Beyer of 100 for his second-place finish in the $75,000 Delahoussaye Memorial.

Diggy Fresh in feature Sunday

A number of top Louisiana-bred stakes horses will take on open company Sunday in the featured eighth race, a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer. The favorite could be Diggy Fresh, who in his last start won the $100,000 Shiskabob during Louisiana Downs Champions Day on Aug. 19.

Others in the field include multiple stakes winners Badtotheboneandrew and Spritely Walker, both of whom were bred in Louisiana.

Among their open company rivals are Song Dancer, a winner of 21 races; Feel the Wind, who has won his last two starts; and Literary Row.

Diggy Fresh has made just two starts on turf, finishing third against open company in an optional claimer, then winning the Shiskabob. Trainer James Hodges has given the mount to Donnie Meche.