07/02/2010 12:00AM

Baker entry tough at Finger Lakes


Trainer Charlton Baker will send out a potent pair of fillies that are difficult to separate in Sunday's $50,000 Niagara Stakes at Finger Lakes. Fortunately for bettors, Sweet Hot Toddy and Helyna's My Mom will run coupled in the six-furlong sprint for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

Sweet Hot Toddy and Helyna's My Mom both defeated open company at the nonwinners-of-two allowance level on the May 31 card at Finger Lakes. In the opening race that day, Sweet Hot Toddy led wire to wire going 5 1/2 furlongs, earning a 68 Beyer Speed Figure. Five races later, Helyna's My Mom came from fourth in an eight-horse field to post a one-length victory. She got a 65 Beyer in the six-furlong race.

Both of those May 31 races produced one next-out winner from far back in the pack. But while the sixth-place finisher behind Sweet Hot Toddy, Songtressofdubai, won going two turns, she earned a modest 46 Beyer. In contrast, Isn't She Grand, seventh behind Helyna's My Mom, returned to win an allowance with a 70 Beyer on June 21, an indication that Helyna's My Mom may have beaten a stronger group of horses.

Dennis Carr, third in the Finger Lakes jockey standings with 27 wins, has retained the mount on Sweet Hot Toddy, who has two wins and a second in three starts this year. Carr is 0 for 14 riding in stakes at Finger Lakes the last two years.

Aadil Khan, a seven-pound apprentice who has never ridden in a stakes, will be on Helyna's My Mom, who is going for three wins in a row.

Among the other five fillies in the field, the most intriguing upset possibility may be Kim's Dream. She defeated Helyna's My Mom by three lengths in a maiden race last summer. She was five lengths behind Sweet Hot Toddy on May 31 while making her first start in more than eight months.

Northern Berkshire, another possible value play, adds blinkers after winning her maiden against open company a month ago.