02/28/2008 1:00AM

Akronism will try to sit off the speed


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Akronism signaled her intent to be a major player in Oaklawn Park's filly and mare sprint division last month, when she powered to a three-length allowance win in her first start since October. Saturday, she makes her first stakes start at the meet in the $50,000 Spring Fever, a 5 1/2-furlong race that also drew the comebacking Morethanaprincess and stakes winners Fast Deal and Dimple Pinch.

Akronism should go favored following her allowance win. She tracked pacesetter Doyouwantto-dance, who was looking for her sixth straight victory, and went on to cover six furlongs in a sharp 1:09.80.

"It was a huge race," said Tim Ritchey, who trains Akronism for Robert Evans. "I thought she was sitting on a big race because she had worked so well. Hopefully, she'll move forward off of that.

"She worked the other day, and she worked well."

Akronism won two sprint stakes last year, taking the $142,000 Maryland Million Distaff at Laurel in October and the $100,000 Jostle at Philadelphia Park in June. She won both races wire to wire, but has also been effective coming from off the pace. She might get a tracking trip off Ginger Bay and Fast Deal.

"There's some speed in the race, which is perfect," said Ritchey. "She doesn't have to have the lead."

Clinton Potts has the mount.

Morethanaprincess is a multiple allowance winner seeking her first stakes victory. She ran well against top-class sprinter Miss Macy Sue in May, when she finished third to her in the Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill Downs. The Spring Fever will be her first start in more than eight months, after she was sidelined with a quarter crack in her right front hoof. It was given time to grow out, said her trainer, Grant Forster, and she shows a nice series of works for her return, among them a five-furlong move in 1:01 on Feb. 18.

"So far, she's trained really, really well," Forster said. "She's may be at a little bit of a fitness disadvantage against the fillies that have run here. [But] it's only going five and a half, and she has a history of running well fresh. She won her first out at Santa Anita, and she's run well fresh for us in the past."

Ricky Frazier will be reunited with Morethanaprincess in the Spring Fever. The only other time he rode her, she was a 5 1/4-length allowance winner at Emerald Downs. Morethanaprincess races for Todd and Shawn Hansen.