07/20/2006 11:00PM

On day one, Schuylerville's back


It's a good thing entries for Saratoga's opening-day card next Wednesday were drawn on Friday. Handicappers will need extra time sorting through the past performances of a terrific card.

Full, competitive fields are on tap for a 10-race card highlighted by the Grade 3, $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes for juvenile fillies at six furlongs. The New York Racing Association brought back the Schuylerville after having canceled it in 2005. This year, NYRA has restored the juvenile stakes schedule to three races in both the male and female divisions.

Eight of the nine horses entered in the Schuylerville are coming off a win, including , who won the Astoria Stakes by five lengths at Belmont on July 2. Before that, Desire to Excel won a maiden race at Aqueduct in April. Kelly Breen trains Desire to Excel, a daughter of Songandaprayer.

Mike Smith, who won this race in 1994 aboard Changing Ways, will ride Desire to Excel from the outside post.

D. Wayne Lukas has won the Schuylerville six times, including the last running, in 2004, with Classic Elegance. Wednesday, he will send out Expertise, who won a maiden race by 2 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs on July 3. The horse she beat that day, Baroness Thatcher, is the only maiden entered in the Schuylerville. Baroness Thatcher, trained by Dale Romans, broke slowly and had a wide trip in that July 3 maiden race.

, a New York-bred filly who won her maiden by 10 lengths at Belmont on June 30. Both horses are owned by Zayat Stables. Chief Officer is by Officer and is a half-sister to Ready to Please, who won the Grade 3 Fantasy this year. Chief Officer is trained by Bill Mott, who has sent out four maiden 2-year-old winners at this meet.

Todd Pletcher, a two-time winner of the Schuylerville, sends out the uncoupled entry of Audacious Chloe and Cotton Blossom. Cotton Blossom is a half-sister to Vicarage, who is entered to run in a very deep allowance sprint one hour earlier on the card. That race features the return to the races of I'm the Tiger, who hasn't run since winning the Grade 1 De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel last November.

The opening-day card also includes the $70,000 Rogues Walk for New York-bred fillies and mares at seven furlongs. Judy Soda makes her second start since winning the Saratoga Dew Stakes last year at the Spa.