07/01/2004 11:00PM

In field of winners, two stand out


ALTOONA, Iowa - Savorthetime and Put Me In are the most accomplished runners in Sunday's $100,000 Saylorville for fillies and mares at Prairie Meadows, but they will face several accomplished rivals in the six-furlong race. The Saylorville drew a solid field of six horses who have combined to win 37 races in 86 starts.

Savorthetime finished behind Put Me In in two stakes at Fair Grounds last winter but has since been transferred to trainer Steve Asmussen. In two starts since the transfer, Savorthetime has scored two open-length wins while earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures each time.

In her most recent start, Savorthetime, a 5-year-old daughter of Gilded Time, rallied to score a four-length win on Memorial Day in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star Park, clocking the six furlongs in a blazing 1:07.82. The expected solid early pace in the Saylorville figures to play into Savorthetime's late-running style.

Overall, Savorthetime is 8-3-3 from 19 starts, good for $276,666 in earnings. Dean Butler will be in from Kentucky to ride Savorthetime for the first time Sunday. Savorthetime will carry co-high weight of 123 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Saylorville.

Trained by Merrill Scherer, Put Me In should prove tough to down. She won the Leggio and the Krantz Memorial handicaps at Fair Grounds last winter. Following a close third-place finish in a turf stakes at Keeneland in April, Put Me In finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length, to multiple graded stakes winner Lady Tak in the six-furlong Winning Colors Handicap at Churchill on May 22.

In her most recent start, Put Me In stalked the pace to the stretch before rallying to score a 2 3/4-length win in a $69,000 no-condition allowance contest at Churchill on June 10. Her final time for the five furlongs was 56.61 seconds. Put Me In has recorded two straight triple-digit Beyer Figures, and not much separates her from Savorthetime.

Summer Mis is the only graded stakes winner entered in the Saylorville by virtue of her head victory in the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland last fall. A 5-year-old front-running daughter of Summer Squall, Summer Mis also tops the field in career wins, with 10 from 19 starts, and earnings of $472,376. After winning 6 of her 8 starts in 2003, however, Summer Mis is just 1 for 3 this year, with the victory coming over Illinois-bred rivals in the Governors Lady Handicap at Hawthorne in April. She will need to run better in order to win Sunday.

Trainer Anthony Mitchell supplemented Summer Mis to the Saylorville at entry time and will bring her regular rider, Larry Sterling Jr., in from Chicago. The pair gets in at 123 pounds.