06/01/2009 11:00PM

Blitzen Too back from layoff


ELMONT, N.Y. - Her ability to fire fresh and handle less-than-firm ground combined with an affinity for this turf course make Blitzen Too a solid choice to take Wednesday's featured first-level allowance race going 1 1/16 miles at Belmont Park.


Though she is a New York-bred taking on open company, Blitzen Too was competitive in open stakes last year, losing by 1 1/2 lengths or less in both the Pebble Stakes and Rare Blend last fall.

According to trainer Christophe Clement, Blitzen Too underwent surgery over the winter to remove a chip from a hind ankle, and she has come back well.

"She will improve from the race, but I think she will be very competitive," Clement said.

Blitzen Too has 2 wins and 1 second from 4 starts on the Belmont turf. One of those wins came off a six-month layoff against New York-bred first-level allowance foes over a good Belmont turf course. This will be her first start in seven months, and with rain in the forecast, the turf course figures to be less than firm Wednesday.

"I've always thought she was better on firm because she's got a great turn of foot, but if the ground is good she'll run anyway," Clement said.

Blitzen Too came from 10 lengths back to win that aforementioned New York-bred allowance race despite slow early fractions. This race also seems void of pace, with the royally bred Solo Piano seemingly the one to catch.

Solo Piano is a Juddmonte Farms homebred daughter of Empire Maker out of the Grade 1 winner Flute. The Bobby Frankel-trained Solo Piano recorded her lone win from six starts over Aqueduct's inner dirt track, but she has 2 seconds and 1 third from 3 turf starts. She should be forwardly placed under Ramon Dominguez.

Forest Trail has been mired in this allowance condition since she won an off-the-turf maiden race at Gulfstream 18 months ago. She was beaten a neck by Miss Challenge in the Statuette Stakes last September in her only try on Belmont turf. Trainer Shug McGaughey adds blinkers to Forest Trail, who was beaten three-quarters of a length in her 4-year-old debut in April at Aqueduct.

Sonic Sound, trained by Charlton Baker, is 2 for 2 this year against New York-bred company and meets open rivals for the first time. McVictory and Loxy Lady finished second and third in this condition going one mile last time out.