08/23/2005 11:00PM

Effectual stretches out in Spinaway


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Steve Asmussen's 2-year-old crop has accounted for 6 of his 10 wins at this summer's Saratoga meet. Arguably his most impressive filly hasn't been seen here yet.

, undefeated in two starts, including a victory in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs, will try to carry her speed seven furlongs against six rivals in Friday's Grade 2, $250,000 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. Jerry Bailey rides Effectual from post 3.

Effectual has encountered some trouble in both of her starts. In her debut at Keeneland on April 15, Effectual was bumped at the start and drifted out turning for home in winning her maiden by 3 1/4 lengths. After a three-month break, Effectual came back in the Debutante on July 9, when she broke slowly but rushed up to make a clear lead two furlongs in. She went on to win by 2 1/2 lengths while running 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.95.

"She broke so hard, the ground broke out from underneath her," said Scott Blasi, assistant to Asmussen. "They're babies; they're still learning. My heart was in my throat for a second, but three jumps after that I felt pretty good. She made up a lot of ground pretty quick, but she still seemed to win in hand."

Blasi said the spacing of Effectual's races has been by design, and he doesn't fear jumping her from 5 1/2 to seven furlongs.

"I think she's got a lot of scope," Blasi said. "I don't think it'll be an issue for her."

Effectual will take on three of the top four finishers from the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes. The D. Wayne Lukas-trained Folklore won the Adirondack, but runner-up may have been best. Fifth Avenue was blocked for a good portion of the race, and by the time she got clear, she ran out of ground, losing by three-quarters of a length.

"She seems to have come away from that training more aggressive than she ever has," said trainer Mark Hennig, who is 0 for 27 at this meet through Wednesday. "She never was aggressive in her training. The one thing that race taught us was she doesn't have to be in front, which is probably a question some of the others have to answer."

Trainer Todd Pletcher said he believes Adieu "struggled with the track a little bit" when fourth in the Adirondack. Adieu may benefit from drawing the outside post.

Rounding out the field are Sensation, unbeaten in two starts; Along the Sea, the only filly in the field to have won at the distance; and Wonder Lady Anne L, third in the Astoria.