12/20/2009 12:00AM

Brandywine comes up strong


Three of the seven 2-year-old fillies entered in Monday's $75,000 Brandywine Stakes at Philadelphia Park already have an added-money victory to their credit. But it's a horse stepping up to stakes company for the first time and another whose lone win came against maiden company nearly three months ago who might be the most dangerous contenders.

Romantic Hideaway, an easy winner in her local debut last month, and Simply Spiteful, third in a pair of overnight stakes in New York, own the best last-out Beyer Speed Figures for Monday's six-furlong stakes.

Trained by New Jersey-based Greg Sacco, Romantic Hideaway will be seeking her third straight win after posting back-to-back 76 Beyers in a maiden race at Monmouth Park and a first-level allowance locally. She has already proven to be versatile, winning on the front end and from off the pace.

Simply Spiteful, based at the Fair Hill Training Center with trainer Mike Trombetta, crushed eight maiden rivals by nearly eight lengths at Delaware Park in late September, earning a 76 Beyer. Since then, she has been competitive in back-to-back small stakes in New York, running well enough to earn a career-best 78 Beyer earlier this month over Aqueduct's inner track.

Listen In, who dominated Pennsylvania-breds in the Blue Mountain at Penn National last time out; Rules R Rules, winner of the Finger Lakes Juvenile Filly in mid-October; and Lil Kiara, a narrow winner of the Maryland Million Lassie at Laurel Park in late September, all have good enough credentials to merit respect in this spot.

Of that trio, Listen In looks fastest. She got a 71 Beyer for her four-length score Nov. 27. Lil Kiara and Rules R Rules would have to improve close to 20 points on the Beyer scale to contend.

The sleeper could be Vindy City, who won her career debut by leading 10 rivals wire to wire. She is part of an uncoupled entry for trainer John Servis with Insurance Money, a winner of two straight. On the down side, Servis is 0 for his last 8 with 2-year-olds making their second lifetime start after winning their debut, according to DRF's Formulator.