03/31/2010 11:00PM

All Giving looking for a rebound in Primonetta


All Giving was a three-time stakes winner last season, but her recent form has been dull. Aspenglow has been a terror going two turns on the bullring at Charles Town, but was off the board in her only two tries at Laurel Park.

Despite their obvious flaws, the 6-year-old All Giving, making her second start off an extended layoff, and the 4-year-old Aspenglow, fresh from a win that produced a career-best 98 Beyer Speed Figure, look like the top contenders in Saturday's $70,000 Primonetta Stakes at Laurel.

The six-furlong sprint drew a field of nine older fillies and mares.

All Giving, based at the Bowie Training Center with trainer Flint Stites, was third in last year's Primonetta. She went on to win the Skipat at Pimlico, the Day Lilly at Penn National, and the Maryland Million Distaff Handicap at Laurel before two uncharacteristic poor performances to close out her campaign.

In her lone start this year, All Giving raced evenly for most of the seven-furlong Conniver before losing ground in the stretch. She has a license to improve second time back while carrying 118 pounds, six pounds fewer than in her comeback.

On the down side, over the past three years Stites is just 5 for 65 (8 percent) with female sprinters making their second start off a layoff, according to DRF's Formulator. Those statistics include an 0-for-2 record by All Giving.

Aspenglow won 7 of 10 starts last season, including the $125,000 West Virginia Division of Tourism, with all of her success coming at Charles Town.

In two starts at Laurel, Aspenglow finished fourth both times, most recently in the What a Summer in January. Trainer Gary Capuano brings Aspenglow back after she led wire to wire in a second-level optional $25,000 claimer at Charles Town on Feb. 28. His record with female sprinters who won last time out and then were given a break of 31 to 60 days is 6 for 17 over the last three years, including 1 for 3 with Aspenglow.

Blind Date was a four-time stakes winner last year, but three of those victories came going long on dirt and turf, including the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks. She has been off since October but did win her 2009 debut going five furlongs on grass off a similar long layoff. Blind Date is the 2-1 favorite on the track's morning line.

"We decided to start her off sprinting again this year," trainer Hamilton Smith said. "She came off the winter in good shape and looks good. She may need a race, but hopefully I have her sharp enough. Looks like there is quite a bit of speed so that should work to our benefit if she runs her race because she likes to come from off the pace."