06/03/2013 1:30PM

Belmont Park: The speedy Teen Pauline returns


ELMONT, N.Y. – In addition to unveiling subsequent graded stakes winners Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie at Saratoga last summer, Stonestreet Stables debuted a third freakishly fast filly in Teen Pauline.

Teen Pauline set a track record in her debut July 25, running five furlongs in 56.53 seconds. After running third in the Grade 1 Spinaway later in the meet, Teen Pauline came out of the race with a physical issue that ended her juvenile season.

Wednesday, Teen Pauline makes her 3-year-old debut in a $72,000, first-level allowance race that serves as the feature on Belmont Park’s nine-race card. A field of six was entered for the six-furlong race.

Teen Pauline is named after Pauline Banke, mother of Barbara Banke, who is the proprietor of Stonestreet Stables, which bred and owns the filly by Tapit. Pauline Banke, who is said by her daughter to act like a teenager, turns 85 on Thursday.

Trained last year by Steve Asmussen, Teen Pauline will run Wednesday for Todd Pletcher.

“We’ve had her for a couple of months. She’s trained very well – very talented filly, fast,” Pletcher said. “First start off the layoff in what looks to be a graded stakes-quality allowance race; naturally, she drew the one hole.”

Teen Pauline had the rail in the Spinaway – a Grade 1 race in which she was the 3-5 favorite – and set a solid pace before finishing third behind So Many Ways.

Pletcher said he will let John Velazquez dictate race tactics Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of speed in the race, it’ll be his decision as to how fast they’re going and where he wants to be,” Pletcher said.

Another fast filly making her return off a long layoff is Native One, a daughter of Indian Charlie trained by Christophe Clement. She debuted July 4 at Belmont, winning a five-furlong race by six lengths while running the distance in 57.84.

Clement said that Native One came back from that race sore and needed time off. She shows a scattered workout tab and is not definite to run.

“She’s a very nice filly. She was very impressive when she won. She’s very fast,” Clement said. “Soundness is an issue. If she’s sound, we’ll run her.”

Jose Lezcano would ride from post 2, and Native One is scheduled to get Lasix for the first time.

Bliss has won three consecutive races and is in for the optional claiming price of $75,000. She is another who shows an affinity for the front end.

Garmentos Girl won for maiden claiming $65,000 but has the style to suggest she could be a factor if a pace duel develops.

Distortion, trained by Nick Zito, has shown marked improvement in her last two starts, with a second at Keeneland and a pace-pressing win here May 15.

Andele, who won a maiden race at Pimlico, goes out for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who has won six races here since May 30.