08/10/2006 12:00AM

Two hot fillies step up in Old South


Candy Ball, who has won her last four starts, and Carolina Sky, who has won her last two, are both undefeated on turf and will both be stepping up in class Saturday for the $50,000 Old South Handicap at Louisiana Downs.

Run at about 1 1/16 miles, the Old South is for fillies and mares on the turf.

Candy Ball punctuated her win streak with a victory in the $40,000 Fresa, an overnight stakes at Lone Star Park on July 15. Leading up to that race, she won a first-level allowance and two optional claiming races at Lone Star and Louisiana Downs.

"She's liking the turf a whole lot, and she's running good right now," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Candy Ball.

Carolina Sky is perfect at the meet, winning two turf allowances by a combined 14 lengths. She shows some nice works for her stakes debut Saturday.

"I'm sure very pleased with her mornings, the way she trains in the morning," said Morris Nicks, who trains Carolina Sky. "She shows talent. She really does. She shows she can make this step."

Nicks has given the mount to Lonnie Meche.

More than Promised is the 120-pound highweight in the Old South. She has finished third in two Grade 3 stakes in her last four starts and is returning to Louisiana Downs, where she is 2 for 2 on turf. Both of those wins have come in stakes. Luis Quinonez has the mount for trainer Scott Blasi.

Also in the field is Stela, who won the $50,000 Honeymoon in May.

Prairie Meadows: 'Tricky' tries stakes

Tricky's Tick Tock goes for his first stakes win when he heads a field of nine, including two entries, in the $60,000-added Iowa Stallion Futurity at Prairie Meadows.

Trained by Larry Jones, Tricky's Tick Tock has not raced since he scored a gate-to-wire 4 1/4-length victory against maiden special weight company in his debut June 12 at Delaware Park. He earned a 65 Beyer Speed Figure, which tops the Futurity field.

Tricky's Tick Tock posted a bullet five-furlong work in 1:00.57 here Monday morning, signaling he is ready to return off the layoff. Tim Doocy will be in to ride Tricky's Tick Tock, who will be coupled in the wagering with the Jim Arnett-trained Ghazi Up as part of a River Ridge Ranch-owned entry.

C J Mingo, one of four maidens in the Futurity field, may be the main threat on Saturday. Trained by Dick Clark, the all-time leading trainer at Prairie Meadows, C J Mingo is winless in three starts but has rallied to finish on the board in each of those races. Most recently, C J Mingo rallied strongly through the stretch to finish third, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, in the $62,000 ITBOA Sales Futurity going 5 1/2 furlongs here July 15.

Glenn Corbett picks up the mount on C J Mingo, who figures to benefit from the added distance in the Futurity.

- Dave Basler

Canterbury: Busy day for Van Winkle

On a day when he is scheduled to be inducted into the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame, trainer David Van Winkle can be forgiven if he doesn't keep his mind on the proceedings. Later that day, Van Winkle will saddle probable favorite Katy Smiles in the $40,000 Dean Kutz Stakes at Canterbury Park.

A winner of five of seven starts at Canterbury Park, Katy Smiles has blossomed since being acquired privately by owner Richard Galyen after she won her maiden here in 2004. After knocking off her conditions during the 2005 Canterbury racing meet, Katy Smiles won her first stakes in last year's renewal of the Kutz Stakes, leading at every call in the 6 1/2-furlong sprint. Katy Smiles returned even stronger this season at 4, finishing second by a neck to Muir Beach in the Cactus Flower Handicap at Turf Paradise and then posting a 2 1/4-length win in the Hoist Her Flag Stakes at Canterbury, running six furlongs in 1:08. A tough trip from the rail compromised Katy Smiles's chances in her most recent start, a third in the Saylorville Stakes at Prairie Meadows. Katy Smiles is the probable pacesetter in the Kutz and will be ridden by Juan Rivera.

Dimple Pinch poses a serious threat to Katy Smiles in the Kutz. A winner of two starts this season, both against allowance company, Dimple Pinch finished fourth by 1 3/4 lengths in her most recent start, the Grade 3 Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap at Arlington on June 17. Trainer Mac Robertson has named Derek Bell on Dimple Pinch.

Trainer Ruth Cook is enjoying a dream season at Canterbury Park after capturing the Claiming Crown Tiara with outsider Tens Holy Spirit. Tried against Katy Smiles in the Hoist Her Flag, Tens Holy Spirit finished sixth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths, but had an excuse, since she was bumped soundly at the start. Paul Nolan has the return call.

- David M. Miller

Retama Park: 'Saturday' goes longer

Saturday Deelites should benefit from the added distance he picks up in the $65,000 Retama Park Breeders' Cup Turf Handicap at Retama Park.

A 1 1/16-mile race, the Retama BC is the first stakes race of the meet, and the purse for this year's running was boosted from $50,000. Nine older horses will compete, including Goosey Moose and defending champ A R Crackers.

Saturday Deelites last raced in a hot-paced one-mile turf stakes, the $40,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at Lone Star Park on July 22. He finished fourth, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Nobodywantmetilnow, who covered the distance in 1:34.80.

Saturday Deelites has registered his last two wins at distances beyond a mile, one at 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs in May and the other at 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park in March. Both were turf races for a claiming price of $50,000.

Trainer Chris Hartman has given the mount to Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Goosey Moose and A R Crackers also exit the Bob Johnson. Goosey Moose was fifth in the race, which has already produced one return winner in Cajole. Second in the Bob Johnson, Cajole captured a one-mile turf allowance at Remington Park in 1:36.48 last Sunday.

Goosey Moose is one of the top older horses in trainer Danny Pish's stable this meet. He carries high weight of 118 pounds for the Retama BC, giving a pound to both Saturday Deelites and A R Crackers. Roman Chapa has the mount on Goosey Moose.

- Mary Rampellini

Columbus: Amadevil ripe for upset

There are several angles to consider when a field of seven older Nebraska-breds line up for the $17,500-added Amadevil Stakes at Columbus.

All of the entrants in the Amadevil, a six-furlong race, have run well over this track, but Thundering Verzy is 4 for 4 here and High Fleet is 2 for 2. Also back is the defending champion in the Amadevil, Doug's Shadow, although this will be only his second start of the year and his first since mid-March at Fonner Park. High Dice is turning back in distance off his Who Doctor Who Handicap win at Horsemen's Park, and What About David looks like a threat to get loose on the lead.

High Fleet rates the upset pick in this spot as he turns back in distance off a second-place finish in the State Fair Board Handicap at Lincoln on July 4. Owned and trained by Roland Schulze, High Fleet appears to be rounding back to the form he showed early in the season, when he won the Ogataul Stakes at Fonner Park. Larren Delorme will ride from post 2.

What About David is the front-running threat in this field. Trained by Marv Johnson, What About David set the pace in the one-mile Who Doctor Who at Horsemen's Park but faded in the final furlong. One race before, he won the Big Red Mile at Lincoln. R.D. Williams will be aboard from post 3.

- Bill Hodtwalker