01/09/2009 12:00AM

Why Why Wired ready for jump up


NEW ORLEANS - No, Steve Asmussen hasn't forgotten how to read a condition book. The Louisiana-bred filly Why Why Wired is eligible for a nonwinners-of-three allowance race, which Asmussen perfectly understands, but when a race at that class level failed to fill for the second time, and with Why Why Wired ready to roll, Asmussen put her in Sunday's featured eighth race at Fair Grounds, a six-furlong Louisiana-bred sprint open to nonwinners of four races or $30,000 claimers.

"The first time that nonwinners-of-four came up I passed it with her," Asmussen said Friday morning at Fair Grounds. "I wasn't going to going to skip it again."

Why Why Wired was one of nine horses entered in race 8, which shares top billing Sunday with an open entry-level turf sprint allowance, which goes as race 9. And she is not the only two-time winner in the race, either. Dancing Rebecca, Lyra Lee, and Tri Dancer also are eligible for the nonwinners-of-three race that failed to fill.

Number of wins aside, Why Why Wired appears to fit Sunday's eighth like a glove. In her most recent start, on Nov. 27, she closed like a rocket to finish a close second behind Alphadoodle in a quickly run 5 1/2-furlong race. And Alphadoodle, as Asmussen pointed out, came right back three weeks later to win a third-level allowance sprint by 1 1/2 lengths. Moreover, Why Why Wired has caught a field with plenty of early speed that should set the dominoes up for her. As for knocking them down, the filly has logged four works over a total of 20 furlongs since her encouraging showing in November. It's a strong suggestion that she will at least hold her form, if not improve in her second race back from a three-month break.

Dancing Rebecca, another of the two-time winners, has won the first two starts of her career, but probably was less impressive in victory last out than Why Why Wired was in defeat. Plus, she is a front-end type of horse drawn on the fence, with plenty of speed to her outside. One of those pace horses, Biduadeau, is dropping in class from a tougher open allowance sprint, and could have a say in the outcome.

Race 9, the turf-sprint allowance, looks tough to figure. Bozena and Grand Finesse exit decent Fair Grounds turf-sprint tries, but are only two among several apparent win contenders.