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31 January 2009: Trainer Ken McPeek at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Trainer Ken McPeek was thrilled Saturday morning, the day after his filly Flashy American ran from last to first to win the $100,000 Alada overnight stakes under jockey Joel Rosario.


Owned by Preston Stables, the daughter of Flashy Bull ran 1 1/8 miles in the slop in 1:50.18, more than two seconds faster than Notacatbutallama ran in winning the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at the same distance one race earlier.


"It was a great race; she's as steady as she goes," McPeek said. "Solid filly, getting better."


Flashy American has won three of her past four starts, including a 5 ½-length score in the Iowa Distaff at Prairie Meadows with a second to Authenticity in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap on July 20 at Saratoga. In seven lifetime two-turn races, she has five wins and a second.


"Every time I run her long, two turns on the dirt, she does everything you could ask her to do," McPeek said. "Whenever I ran her on the turf or Poly or sprinting, she didn't do anything. That's my fault."


McPeek said he would work his "war horses" - War Dancer and Java's War - at 9:30 a.m., Sunday on the Oklahoma training track in preparation for the Grade 1 Travers on August 24.


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Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens said Saturday he is targeting the Grade 1 Ballerina for Classic Point, who was second by a neck in her stakes debut, the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap on July 29.


The seven-furlong Ballerina for older female sprinters will be run on August 23.


"She's going to the Ballerina," Jerkens said. "We wouldn't want to find anything easy."


In the Honorable Miss, the 4-year-old chestnut daughter of Flatter led the field through a quarter-mile in 22.11 seconds, a half in 44.98 and five furlongs in 57.08, but was caught at the wire by Dance to Bristol.


"I was tickled that she was running that well," Jerkens said. "I didn't think she would make the lead like she did, because there were some pretty quick horses in there compared to what she had been running with. We thought she was good right from the start, but then she ran so badly we couldn't figure it out. Whatever it is, she's doing better now, that's for sure."


The Honorable Miss was the 17th career start and 10th this year for Classic Point, who has not had a timed workout since the race.


"We just work her fast quarters and then she kind of gallops out. She seems to stay fresher that way," Jerkens said. "We might do a little more with her being that it's a seven-furlong race. We'll see what happens. She's doing fine."




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