01/05/2006 12:00AM

Two stakes will have competitive fields


BOSSIER CITY, La. - As warm-up acts go, Saturday's Red Camelia and Pan Zareta handicaps should do a more than adequate job of setting the table for the Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs. The Red Camelia and Pan Zareta are extremely wide open with only two pounds separating the runners in each race.

The Red Camelia is for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at a mile on the turf, while the Pan Zareta, also for fillies and mares, will be run at six furlongs on the main track. The entrants in both races are weighted from 117 to 119 pounds.

could be a slight favorite in the Red Camelia off a second-place finish against a quality group of open allowance foes in her last start. The last time Our Love tried statebreds was in the Matchmaker Stakes here in September, when she delivered a front-running 1 1/4-length victory as the odds-on favorite. She has won 5 of her 6 starts over the local turf. Trainer Jeff Trosclair has given the call to Robby Albarado.

also faced open company in her last start, finishing third in the Pago Hop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Nov. 26. Trained by Brian House, Leestown Fantasie continues to make solid progress and will be making only her eighth career start. Jeff Burningham will ride.

will seek to rebound from a sixth-place finish on the main track in the Louisiana Champions Ladies on Dec. 10. Prior to that effort, she finished third in the Remington Oaks. She has a win over the local course in the restricted Elge Raspberry Stakes in August. Broussard has given the call to Jose Riquelme.

Pan Zareta: Beaten favorites try to rebound

Missile Bay and Hello Lucky will share highweight honors in the Pan Zareta. Each is a stakes regular coming off an unplaced effort as the favorite.

journeyed from the East Coast to contest the Lady's Secret at Zia Park in late November. Showing her customary high turn of early foot, she helped carve out some rather fast early fractions before fading to sixth. Formerly in Scott Lake's barn, Missile Bay is now in Cody Autrey's care. She won the Xtra Heat Stakes at Pimlico last year in addition to three other races. Missile Bay will break from the rail under Cliff Berry.

finished fifth last time out in the $75,000 Louisiana HBPA Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Dec. 3. A 4-year-old filly, Hello Lucky won the Lakeway Stakes at Retama late last summer after competing against some of the fastest sprint fillies on the West Coast.