04/07/2011 3:55PM

Will Rogers Downs: Two stakes for Oklahoma-breds highlight program


A pair of six-furlong races for Oklahoma-breds highlight the Saturday program at Will Rogers, with Hollywood Ice seeking his first stakes win in the $50,000 Oklahoma Thoroughbred Association Classic and Miss Natalie to start as part of a favored entry in the $50,000 Cherokee Casino Classic.

Both races are for 3-year-olds and upward.

Hollywood Ice is returning to stakes competition after finishing third in an open-company Will Rogers allowance March 19. He rallied from next to last in the 5 1/2-furlong race, which went in a quick 1:03.20. Kari Craddock, who is winning with 40 percent of her starters at Will Rogers, trains Hollywood Ice for Hal Browning. Hollywood Ice will be ridden by Chris Landeros.

The chief threat might be Specialfite, the winner of the $113,000 Oklahoma Classics Day Sprint in October.

Miss Natalie is also returning to the statebred ranks after missing by three-quarters of a length last out in a first-level allowance at Remington Park. The winner of that race, Gleaming, has since gone on to become stakes-placed at Oaklawn. Lyndie Wade will ride Miss Natalie trainer Joe Offolter.