06/25/2010 11:00PM

Winslow Homer not a lock in Iowa Derby


ALTOONA, Iowa - A pair of Grade 3's, the $250,000 Iowa Derby and the $200,000 Iowa Oaks, support the featured Grade 2 Cornhusker Handicap on Saturday's second and final day of the Iowa Festival of Racing at Prairie Meadows.

The 1 1/16-mile Iowa Derby drew a field of six topped by 2-1 morning-line favorite Winslow Homer, whose Triple Crown hopes were dashed when he suffered a stress fracture in his right shin following his January victory in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Trainer Tony Dutrow has put six works into Winslow Homer at Delaware Park, but he may need a race before returning to his prior form.

The speedy Forestry Type is coming off an impressive 2 1/4-length victory in the Prairie Mile despite being forced six wide early. He will be trying graded stakes company for the first time.

"In my experience of watching thousands of races, speed is always dangerous," said trainer Dale Bennett "You get them on the lead and it's hard to run them down, especially with a horse like Forestry Type who has a very fast cruising speed.

Concord Point may have enough early foot to keep Forestry Type honest on the front end. Bob Baffert ships the son of Tapit in off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park. This will be Concord Point's first try around two turns.

Other contenders include Thiskyhasnolimit, winner of the Grade 3 Iroquios at Churchill Downs, and Vow to Wager, who is coming off a third-place finish in Grade 3 Northern Dancer at Churchill.

Iowa Oaks: Seeking the Title may improve

The Iowa Oaks drew a field of seven but will go off with six due to the early scratch of Tap Tap Tapping.

Seeking the Title enters the 1 1/16-mile Oaks off a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Acorn at Belmont, a one-turn mile. She was shuffled back at the turn and then could not close.

"Her last race, it was a little short for her," said trainer Dallas Stewart. "The one turn sometimes turns into a sprint. It makes it difficult to come from behind

"She's very determined and gritty. She has great energy all the time."

All Due Respect posted a 10 1/4-length victory in a conditioned allowance at Hollywood Park in her last start. All Due Respect, second by a neck in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in March, has run well in all of her starts this year with the exception of the Fantasy at Oaklawn Park. She ran fourth and last in that race, beaten more than 20 lengths by winner Blind Luck.

All Due Respect has run on the pace or from a stalking position in most of her races, and trainer Kathy Walsh said she will leave strategy Saturday up to jockey Mike Smith.

"I think Mike will determine where to place her," she said. "You don't tell a Hall of Famer how to ride.

"Down at Oaklawn she got to fighting with the bit, and we think she displaced, but you never really know. She is better than that. I think she will give a good account of herself here."

Other contenders include Quiet Temper, winner of the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks; Remit, winner of the Panthers at Prairie Meadows in her last out; and Harissa, who finished fourth in the Black-Eyed Susan last out.