10/07/2007 11:00PM

Big year leads Miss Macy Sue to BC

EmailSTICKNEY, Ill. - Hawthorne Race Course, suffice it to say, is not a hotbed of hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup races three weekends hence, but there is at least one horse stabled at Hawthorne heading to Monmouth Park, and Miss Macy Sue is going with more than an outsider's chance.

Miss Macy Sue is no stranger to Hawthorne, having begun her career here in fall 2005, scoring a maiden win on a dark December afternoon in her third try. That was the start of a three-race winning streak that resumed in the spring, and Miss Macy Sue was back here last fall to win a third-level allowance race. But things really got good this year. Toss out a terrible-trip fourth as the favorite at Saratoga in the Honorable Miss, and Miss Macy Sue has won all five of her starts this year, with the most impressive of those victories the most recent - a 1 1/2-length win the $400,000 Masters on Sept. 15 at Presque Isle Downs. That race's form held up over the weekend, when Wild Gams won the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland.

Meanwhile, Miss Macy Sue has been training with Kelly Von Hemel's 10-horse Hawthorne string, and sometime after her work here Friday, she will be shipped by van to finish preparing for a start in the new $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

"We'll get her there about 10 days out and give her a chance to settle in," Von Hemel said.

There was nothing wrong with Miss Macy Sue's 2006 campaign, but it was a little hard to see a season like this coming. Miss Macy Sue should be among the top choices in the Filly and Mare Sprint - giving Chicago-based jockey Eddie Razo a rare shot at a huge purse - and she already has earned more than $433,000 this year.

"We're maybe just a little surprised," Von Hemel said. "At the end of last year, we thought maybe we had a filly who was close to this capability. We thought we had more horse than what she had shown."

Miss Macy Sue, Von Hemel said, bounced right back from her Presque Isle win, and a pair of subsequent half-mile works here back him up: Her Sept. 28 breeze was second-fastest of 34 at the distance, and her work Friday was third-fastest among 23.

"That track sure doesn't bother her any," Von Hemel said.

Pretty Jenny back on dirt in stakes

Chillin Villain, one of the best Illinois-bred 2-year-olds of 2006, struggled all summer at Arlington Park, but sharply won an allowance race last month as soon as he got back onto a dirt track at Hawthorne. Christine Janks hopes the pattern is the same for another one of her horses, Pretty Jenny, who starts Wednesday in the featured Strate Sunshine, a $45,000 overnight stakes carded for six furlongs.

Pretty Jenny began her career with five wins, and visited the winner's circle four times last year, but in 2007 she has failed to finish first in six starts, going 0 for 4 on an Arlington Polytrack she didn't appear to handle.

"That's kind of been our feeling," Janks said. "When it was time to run, she just didn't have that kick. That track just kind of dies under them. We're hoping she's going to like it better on the dirt. She's training really well."

Pretty Jenny has speed, but can race from a stalking position, too, and that might be the right trip in the Strate Sunshine, a race packed with early speed. Ally's Lil Sis, winner of an optional claimer here Sept. 23, is the only other horse with obvious off-the-pace ability.