09/14/2006 11:00PM

'Where Woody' faces pressure

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BOSSIER CITY, La. - Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker officially opened this year's Super Derby Festival on Friday. While this weekend's festival activities consist of mostly lighter fare, such as beer tasting and the popular wiener dog races, Sunday's open allowance feature at Louisiana Downs should prove to be an excellent opening act for the good racing to come.

Nine fillies and mares, most of them stakes caliber, will race about a mile on turf.

Where Woody Bea, the recent winner of the Margarita Breeders' Cup at Retama Park, heads the field. Trained by Scott Blasi, the 4-year-old Where Woody Bea was claimed by owner John Sikura Jr. out of a $30,000 nonwinners-of-two race at Lone Star in mid-May, a race she won by three lengths in front-running fashion. She also won an allowance at the Dallas oval before journeying to San Antonio for the Margarita, which she won after once again leading every step of the way. Jamie Theriot, aboard for that allowance score in June, will return to the saddle on Sunday.

Due to Win Again's name may prove to be prophetic if an expected pace battle develops. A multiple stakes winner trained by Howard Scarberry, Due to Win Again continues to search for her first victory of 2006. With other speedsters Tawnka and I. B.'s Halo expected to push Where Woody Bea in the early going, the race could set up for someone from off the pace. Due to Win Again managed only a modest rally to finish third in the Old South Handicap here on Aug. 12.

Another rallying sort who should be heard from in the late going is Intractabie. A two-time winner here this meeting over the turf, the Pat Mouton-trained Intractable returned after a freshening to finish fifth in the $100,000 Matchmaker against Louisiana-breds on

Aug. 19. E. J. Perrodin once again will ride.

Longshot players may cast an eye toward Doeny Ghost as she returns to her favorite surface following a seventh in the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks last month over the main track. Trained by Scott Tubbs, Doeny Ghost turned in a powerful rally to beat allowance company on the grass in her previous start.