07/06/2006 12:00AM

Work says Rock' N Fire to rebound


The $40,000 Victor S. Myers Jr. and the $40,000 Frances Genter Stakes, to be run Saturday at Canterbury Park, serve as respective preps for the Minnesota Derby and Oaks for statebreds later this month.

Rock' N Fire might go off as the favorite in the Myers, a six-furlong race for Minnesota-bred 3-year-old males. A winner in his career debut at Churchill Downs last November, Rock' N Fire finished third in the Prevue Stakes at Turfway Park in his second start.

Trainer Bruce Riecken next shipped Rock' N Fire to Oaklawn Park, where he finished third in consecutive starter-allowance races. Following a three-month break before the start of the Canterbury Park meeting, Rock' N Fire sparkled in his local debut, beating open-company allowance foes in six-length romp.

Rock' N Fire then finished sixth when trying older in an allowance test three weeks ago, but appears ready to bounce back to his best form for owner Anthony Didier following a bullet half-mile work last week. Adolpho Morales is named to ride.

Trickyville Dew won his career debut in his only local appearance. After wintering at Oaklawn, Trickyville Dew was shipped to Prairie Meadows, where he won a first-level allowance. Trainer Kelly Von Hemel will add blinkers on Saturday for Trickyville Dew's first stakes appearance, and Terry Thompson will travel from his Iowa base to Canterbury to ride.

Red Roller won his maiden here last August and was impressive when defeating statebred foes by daylight in an allowance race on opening weekend. Derek Bell has the call on Red Roller for trainer Troy Bethke.

* Bethke will saddle the probable favorite, Sentimental Charm, in the Frances Genter Stakes. She will take on six other Minnesota-bred 3-year-old fillies in the six furlong sprint.

An impressive winner of the Northern Lights Debutante last year, Sentimental Charm, who was bred and is campaigned by James Peltier, was named the state's champion 2-year-old filly last season. Earlier this meeting she defeated older rivals in winning the Lady Slipper Stakes. Derek Bell is Sentimental Charm's regular rider and will be aboard Saturday.

Rubiano Ruby has steadily improved since winning her maiden here opening weekend. She captured an allowance race in her most recent appearance and could threaten here with a repeat performance. Seth Martinez has the call for trainer Shawn Payton.

Lincoln: Lovesablumin attempts rebound

Lovesablumin seeks to return to her winning ways when she heads a field of eight in the $20,000-added Breeders' Special for Nebraska-bred 3-year-old fillies at Lincoln.

Lovesablumin, who is owned, trained and was bred by Terrell Hemmer, won her maiden at first asking this spring at Fonner Park, then returned to win the Fonner Park Special for fillies.

After a game second in the Princess Stakes at Canterbury on opening weekend there, she returned to win a second-level allowance. She came up empty in her last race, finishing seventh after dueling into the stretch in older allowance company, the worst showing of her young career.

She should be favored in this easier spot. Jerry Carkeek will ride.

Trainer Marv Johnson will send out the coupled entry of Real Battleaxe and Saint Bay as a formidable obstacle to the top choice. Saint Bay is coming off a solid allowance win here on July 1, while Real Battleaxe has had a pair of runner-up finishes in allowance company following her maiden win here on May 18. R.D. Williams has been named on both halves of the entry.

- Bill Hodtwalker