07/01/2005 11:00PM

Bombay Dreams on top of game


New York-bred filly and mare sprinters will be in the spotlight in a pair of $50,000 stakes on the holiday card at Finger Lakes.

Bombay Dreams, who blew away six rivals in her first race over the track to improve her record to 5 for 7, heads a field of 14 3-year-old fillies in the 25th running of the six-furlong Niagara.

Keeslr, a Steve Asmussen-trained 4-year-old, goes for her fourth consecutive victory in the six-furlong Arctic Queen for older females.

Although she is a New York-bred, Bombay Dream spent the first six races of her career in Pennsylvania, at Penn National and Philadelphia Park. Claimed by Jose Gallegos for $16,000 out of a win at Philly in March, Bombay Dream has since won 2 of 3, including a 10 1/4-length romp in a statebred allowance at Finger Lakes on June 17.

Bombay Dream figures to be tested by a pair of fillies who have run well downstate.

Swither, who won her maiden in a $200,000 futurity at Delaware Park last September, is 0 for 7 since then. She was on the lead or within a head of the leader at the six-furlong call of two one-mile races at Aqueduct this spring before encountering traffic trouble in her most recent start on the cutback to six furlongs.

Speed Bag easily beat open company at Aqueduct in April. Her five wins match Bombay Dream as the most profilic winner in the field.

In the Arctic Queen, Keesler, 6-for-13 lifetime, will be making the second start of her form cycle after posting a career-high 88 Beyer Speed Figure in a decisive win over high-priced optional claimers at Monmouth Park a month ago.

Her main competition figures to come from Ruby's Rocket, winner of the Susan B. Anthony at Finger Lakes on May 30, and So Sweet a Cat, who missed by a nose in last year's Niagara.