08/29/2009 12:00AM

Borrowing Base in her element


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After a couple of near misses on turf against open company, Borrowing Base returns to dirt and the New York-bred ranks when she heads a field of 10 entered in Monday's $112,500 Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga.

The Saratoga Dew, for New York-bred fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles, highlights a 10-race card as Week 5 comes to a close at the six-week Saratoga season. The card also includes the $70,000 Mollie Wilmot Stakes for open-company fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on dirt.

Borrowing Base has only won 6 of 50 career starts, but two of those wins have come in nine-furlong races at Saratoga. This is her third try at the Saratoga Dew, having run second in 2007 and fourth last year.

Borrowing Base enters the Saratoga Dew off two solid tries in marathon turf races. She was beaten a nose by Bubbly Jane in the Donor Stakes at Belmont, then fell three-quarters of a length short to Queen of Hearts and Zaskar in the Signature Stallion Stakes here on Aug. 10.

"She should have won both those races, just bad luck," trainer Patrick Quick said. "The last race she was stopped at the eighth pole, and had to start again. I thought she should have won the one by a nose. Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don't. She couldn't have run better in those two races. Hopefully, she can keep it up."

Borrowing Base will have to overcome post 9 and 124 pounds in the Saratoga Dew. One of her wins here did come from post 8.

Quick said Borrowing Base would prefer dry ground.

Dean Henry also returns to New York-bred company after finishing last against open company here on Aug. 12. She won her previous two starts against New York-breds for trainer Tom Albertrani.

Trainer Jimmy Ferraro has won three races at this meet and sends out Top Lass, who won a first-level state-bred allowance sprint race here on Aug. 17. She'll attempt to stretch out to nine furlongs for the first time.

My Dinah finished second to Sea Chanter in the Pearl Necklace Stakes at Belmont on July 12 before finishing sixth of nine in the slop in the Lady's Secret on Haskell Day at Monmouth.

Speaking of Sea Chanter, she looks strictly the one to beat in the Mollie Wilmot if she runs. Sea Chanter was also entered in Sunday's Grade 1 Personal Ensign and was expected to scratch.

"She's a graded stakes winner, she's Grade 1-placed, obviously the next thing she could achieve is a Grade 1, which is why we're taking a close look at the Personal Ensign," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "But she'd appear to be a lot shorter price on Monday than she would on Sunday."

Platinum, a daughter of Mineshaft, has won two in a row for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, including a front-running score at 1 1/8 miles on Aug. 12.