09/27/2001 11:00PM

Voladora back on dirt at Remington


Voladora, whose biggest career win is the $200,000 WinStar Distaff Turf at Lone Star Park in May, gets back to racing on dirt Sunday in the $25,000 Black Mesa Handicap at Remington Park. A seven-furlong race for statebred fillies and mares, it has drawn a deep field of 10, including Naturalingredients and Devout Sinner.

Voladora, the 123-pound highweight, has spent the better part of the year racing on turf, but she is a multiple stakes winner on dirt, and the return to the main track Sunday should set her up for the $50,000 Classics Day Distaff, a two-turn dirt race on Oct. 21.

Jockey Kevin Cogburn has the mount in the Black Mesa for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Naturalingredients appears to be the chief threat to Voladora. In her last start she finished second in the five-furlong Adena Springs Matchmaker Sprint, and like Voladora gets back to racing on the main track Sunday.

"I don't think the surface will make much of a difference because she can run on almost anything, but the distance will be a lot more to her liking," said trainer Chuck Turco, who has given the mount to Don Pettinger.