01/07/2010 12:00AM

Wishing Well looks like a rerun


When Turfway Park began four straight months of winter racing on Nov. 29, the opening-day feature was the Holiday Inaugural.

Six weeks later, with the Wishing Well Stakes on tap, pretty much all who mattered from the Holiday Inaugural are back - except the winner. Coy Cat, who captured that six-furlong Polytrack race at 14-1, has gone to New Orleans to stay for the winter.

Still, School Girl and She's Extreme, the two-three finishers in the Holiday Inaugural, return for the $50,000 Wishing Well, the 10th of 11 races at Turfway in Florence, Ky. So do Proud Heiress, seventh as the lukewarm favorite in that last meeting, and Candy Cane, sixth at 7-1.

In all, a field of 11 fillies and mares will clash at six furlongs in this next race in Turfway's winter series of filly and mare sprints.

She's Extreme, favorably drawn in the outside post, might have a slight edge with Tommy Pompell aboard for trainer Greg Foley. Prior to the Holiday Inaugural, she was fourth in an overnight stakes at Churchill, and for most of her 14-race career She's Extreme has been keeping stakes company.

School Girl, with Sal Gonzalez Jr. to ride from post 7, has become a synthetic specialist, which is the main reason the mare has stayed in Kentucky while trainer Paul McGee split his stable this winter between Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park. From 14 synthetics races, the Florida-bred School Girl has 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds.

Proud Heiress is the defending champion in the Wishing Well, having won this race last January with Julio Felix aboard. The 6-year-old Proud Heiress will break from post 4 with Rodney Prescott up this time.

Candy Cane is something of a sleeper, having turned her career in the right direction since Mike Maker assumed her training last fall.

Among those not exiting the Holiday Inaugural, Mohegan Sky and Mindy Queen probably look best.

First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m. Eastern, with the Wishing Well going at 5:19. The Wishing Well is a featured race this weekend on TVG.

* With a new three-day schedule in effect through the end of February, Turfway has gone to the following entry draw: Sunday for Friday, Thursday for Saturday, and Friday for Sunday.