06/29/2007 11:00PM

Two juvenile sprints wrap Prairie festival


The Prairie Meadows Festival of Racing wraps up Monday with a pair of $50,000 stakes for 2-year-olds, the Prairie Gold Lassie and the Prairie Gold Juvenile. Each race has a field of seven and will be run at five furlongs.

The Illinois-bred Pixie heads the Lassie field. She won her only start easily on April 23 at Hawthorne by eight lengths. John Wainwright trains Pixie and Eduardo Perez is named to ride. She will break from post 3.

Posse Valley, from the barn of Steve Asmussen, should not be overlooked. She won her maiden in her last start, a $50,000 maiden claiming race at Churchill Downs. She will be ridden by Terry Thompson and break from post 4.

Amazing Tale has been the most impressive 2-year-old winner based at Prairie Meadows this meet. A 10 3/4-length winner in her first start, she covered the 4 1/2 furlongs in a quick 51.86 seconds. Alex Birzer will ride for trainer Anne Mitchell.

In the Juvenile, the Florida-bred Preachin Man looks like the class of the field. A winner at first asking at Keeneland on April 15, Preachin Man finished fifth in the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup in the slop in his last start. He had a difficult outside post that day, but will break from post 2 in the Juvenile with Glenn Corbett in the irons for trainer Ronny Werner.

Asmussen will send out Possetothemax, who crushed a field at Arlington in his second start. A son of first-crop sire Posse, Possetothemax has good speed from the gate. He drew post 6 and will have Thompson aboard.

Robbing the Bank was a $50,000 maiden claiming winner at Churchill in his last, and the son of Successful Appeal looks to be getting better with each start.