05/25/2012 3:43PM

Belmont: She's All In, in peak form, tackles heavy hitters in Ogden Phipps

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Based on her dominant performance in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne, She's All In will challenge tougher compeitition in Monday's Ogden Philpps Handicap.

ELMONT, N.Y. – In Caleb’s Posse, trainer Donnie Von Hemel will likely have the favorite for Monday’s Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.

With She’s All In, Von Hemel will have a live longshot in Monday’s Grade 1, $400,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap run about one hour earlier on the 11-race card.

Led by defending Phipps winner Awesome Maria, all five fillies and mares entered in Monday’s 44th renewal of the Phipps are coming off a stakes victory.

She’s All In is coming off a career-best performance, having won the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne by 8 3/4 lengths on April 21. It was her 11th win from 23 career starts and the 103 Beyer Speed Figure she earned was a lifetime best.

“She’s just improved her game this year. We want to give her an opportunity in a Grade 1,” Von Hemel said. “It’s a short field. I’m sure Awesome Maria and It’s Tricky are the big reason for that short field. She ran so well last time at Hawthorne we wanted to give her an opportunity while she’s at the top of her game right now.”

She’s All In will break from post 3 under Luis Quinonez and carry 115 pounds.

Awesome Maria, who has won 9 of 14 starts, is riding a six-race winning streak dating back to Feb. 19, 2011 when she won the Grade 3 Sabin at Gulfstream Park. Part of the streak included a three-length score in last year’s Phipps, which happened to be the last start of Awesome Maria’s 4-year-old season.

She has come back in dynamite form this year with repeat victories in the Sabin and Rampart. Johnny Velazquez rides from post 2.

It’s Tricky has won 7 of 11 career starts, including the Top Flight and Distaff – both Grade 2 events this year at Aqueduct. She ran arguably the best race of her career last June when she won the Grade 1 Acorn by nearly four lengths in the Belmont Park mud.

It’s Tricky breaks from post 4 under Eddie Castro.

Juanita, the 16-1 upset winner of the Grade 2 La Troienne at Churchill on Kentucky Oaks Day, and Cash for Clunkers, a winner of an overnight stakes here on May 2 complete the field.