06/09/2010 11:00PM

Belle of the Hall has talent but still green


Unbeaten filly Belle of the Hall faces her stiffest challenge Saturday, taking on five rivals in the $200,000 Jostle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Philadelphia Park.

Belle of the Hall has run only twice heading into a race where every foe has made at least four starts.

While she may lack experience, Belle of the Hall certainly has upside potential on her side. She debuted for trainer Tom Albertrani on April 8 at Gulfstream Park, drawing off to a five-length win over statebreds going six furlongs. Belle of the Hall then shifted to Belmont Park for another commanding win on May 26 against open company in an entry-level allowance at seven furlongs.

Now it's stakes time, and she will split the distance difference, going 6 1/2 furlongs in the Jostle.

"We think she can be very competitive in here," Albertrani said. "It's a step up off the allowance race but we like how she ran. We thought we'd take a chance in here and see what happens."

Her Beyer Speed Figures of 81 and 89 make her a player in this spot. Ramon Dominguez will come down from New York for the mount.

Albertrani hopes the Jostle will be a launching pad to bigger and better things for a filly who joined his barn in January.

"We have high hopes for her in the future," Albertrani said. "This will be kind of a guideline for us to see where she belongs and how far we can get her up the ladder."

Simply Spiteful and Vindy City also come into the Jostle off victories.

Simply Spiteful rolled to a pacesetting first-level allowance win locally for trainer Michael Trombetta in her season debut. She closed out her 2-year-old campaign with three straight in-the-money finishes in stakes.

Vindy City has won back-to-back races. Most recently, Vindy City took the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Her trainer, John Servis, has a second runner in Brilliant Sunshine, an uncoupled stablemate. She is 2-2-1 in 5 races locally and finished third in her latest effort, the Just Smashing Stakes at Monmouth Park on May 31.

Worship the Moon is the only filly in the field with graded stakes experience. Third in the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park last fall, Worship the Moon most recently ran seventh on the synthetic track at Presque Isle in the Inaugural Stakes.

Derwin's Star completes the field.