03/08/2007 12:00AM

Either Pretty Jenny or Modjadji a major contender for Janks


Trainer Christine Janks's barn gave two of the better-known horses stabled at Hawthorne, Fifteen Rounds and High Expectations, their first timed workouts on Wednesday since shipping north from Florida. But two more Janks-trained stakes-class horses, Modjadji and Pretty Jenny, are going straight into Saturday's Regal Rumor Stakes without the benefit of a work over the Hawthorne main track - or, at least one of them is.

Janks named jockey Chris Emigh on both halves of her entry, and said Thursday that only one would start. Pretty Jenny shows two workouts this winter at the Classic Mile farm in Florida, while Modjadji has worked there four times. Whichever mare winds up in the Regal Rumor, a $45,000 overnight stakes at six furlongs, should contend for the win.

Not that the race is such a soft spot. Drawn on the rail is Bluesbdancing, who has won 8 of her 16 career starts, and has gone 4 for 6 at Hawthorne. She lost her last four starts of 2006, but popped two of her best-ever races at this time last year at Hawthorne.

Trout River Red is less accomplished, but has won a stakes, while Canyon's Sister scored a third-level sprint allowance victory here on opening day of the meet, Feb. 23.

Pretty Jenny's merits are fairly well known to followers of the Chicago circuit. She didn't start her career until age 3, but became a big winner against Illinois-bred competition that year, winning 5 of 6 starts in 2005. There were more ups and downs during 2006, when Janks tinkered with things such as turf and rating behind horses, but Pretty Jenny eventually found her way, finishing the year with a pair of strong Hawthorne wins, her third and fourth of the season.

Janks has long been high on Modjadji, another 5-year-old, who has finished first or second in 11 of her 15 starts. Modjadji won 2 of 6 last season, and Janks is seizing on one of them - a victory in the seven-furlong Your Ladyship at Arlington - as a potential key for 2007. That race came at seven furlongs, Modjadji's only one-turn start in 2006, and perhaps her best race all year.

"I'm turning her into a sprinter," Janks said. "I've never given up on her being a good horse, and I think my mistake has been running her too far."