09/12/2007 11:00PM

West Coast Swing, 2 for 2, favored in Oaks

EmailShannon Ritter, who rode at Prairie Meadows as a 10-pound apprentice in 1989, will saddle the undefeated filly West Coast Swing in Saturday's $75,000 Prairie Meadows Oaks. The 1 1/16-mile race will be West Coast Swing's first try around two turns, but Ritter doesn't think the distance will be a problem.

"I worked her five-eighths at Oaklawn early in her career and she was just getting going when the work was over," Ritter said.

The undefeated filly comes off an eye-opening entry-level allowance race in her last start, and if the $700,000 Keeneland sale graduate runs her race, she'll be tough to beat. James Graham, who rides West Coast Swing, will make his way to Prairie to ride.

The two main foes appear to be fillies whose paths crossed in their first lifetime start at Churchill Downs. Early Vintage got the better of Tessa Blue that day, but since then she has been unable to find the winner's circle. Trained by Dale Romans, Early Vintage will be ridden by Joel Campbell.

Tessa Blue, trained by Frank Brothers, was last seen comfortably winning a nonwinners-of-two allowance race at Ellis Park, and will have Willie Martinez in the saddle.

o Also on the closing-day card is the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race attracted a field of six, including two fillies who bypassed the Oaks in favor of this spot - Tri Delt Girl and Comarillo. They'll have to beat Western Prize, who has won his last two races, both minor stakes in New Mexico. Graham will ride Western Prize.