10/12/2008 12:00AM

Filly sprinters key both pick fours


ELMONT, N.Y. - Six-furlong stakes sprints for fillies are in both of Sunday's pick fours. The featured $100,000 Xtra Heat Handicap for 3-year-olds and up on the inner turf is the ninth race on a 10-race card. The $75,000 House Party, an overnight event for 3-year-olds, goes as race 3.

Tony Dutrow trains contenders in both races - 13-time winner Smart and Fancy in the Xtra Heat and Peisinoe in the House Party.

Smart and Fancy, who was shuffled back badly as the 9-5 choice in the $200,000 Turf Amazon at Philadelphia Park and finished second in it to Sheets, gets another crack at that rival 15 days later.

"It cost her the race," said Dutrow. "Because she's the kind of filly she is, she recovered and finished up full of run.

Smart and Fancy drew favorably on the outside, and figures for a better trip in a matchup surprisingly bereft of early speed.

Other contenders include Diamondrella, a winner of three straight for Angel Penna Jr.; and the Linda Rice-trained uncoupled duo of Meriwether Jessica and Mohegan Sky.

The House Party drew only six, but the pace may be hotly contested by Peisinoe, Phantom Income, and J Z Warrior.

Peisinoe is on the rail, as she was in the recent Miss Woodford at Monmouth, when she set blazing fractions and was disqualified from first to second for knocking Shining Image off stride late. Shining Image subsequently ran second in the Indiana Oaks.

"Her number needed to come down, but she ran a remarkably incredible race," said Dutrow of Peisinoe.

Tar Heel Mom, Open Skies, and Honest to Betsy also entered.

Pebbles tops Columbus Day card

Monday's Columbus Day feature is the $100,000 Pebbles Stakes, the season's final six-figure turf stakes exclusively for 3-year-old fillies. Darley Stable's Raw Silk, front-running winner of the Grade 2 Sands Point at the spring meet, and the pacesetter in the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes last out, will likely be the one to catch. Other probable starters include Forest Trail, Jazz Jam, Mousse au Chocolat, One Man to Beat, Sales Tax, and Zee Zee.

Belmont is dark Tuesday and Wednesday.

New York Showcase Day great for bettors

Next Saturday's New York Showcase Day, with seven stakes totaling $1 million, is annually one of the best wagering cards of the year.

Showcase Day climaxes with the $250,000 Empire Classic, won the past two years by the full brothers Organizer ($47) and Dr. V's Magic ($32.80), a pair of Majesty Stud homebreds trained by Dominic Galluscio.

The same connections will shoot for a third straight Empire Classic - with 3-year-old filly Raffie's Treasure, who is a full sister to Organizer and Dr. V's Magic.

"Dr. V's Magic has had some setbacks, so we're going to try his sister Raffie's Treasure in there," said Galluscio. "She had a nice win the other day, and there are not a whole lot of other spots for fillies going long this time of year."

Raffie's Treasure was a six-length winner over second-level allowance fillies Oct. 1, and won an off-the-turf edition of the New York Stallion Stakes in the slop at Saratoga.

Also expected for the Empire Classic, which will be the final leg of a $400,000 guaranteed pick four: Dr. D.F.C., Lorrcan, Love Abroad, R Clear Victory, Spanky Fischbein, Stud Muffin, That'srightofficer, and Tommasi.

Other Showcase Day races with probable starters are:

Mohawk:/ Al Basha; Banrock, Classic Pack, Give Me Credit, Logic Way, Sky Dragon, Stepaside, and Stunt Man.

Ticonderoga: /Chestoria, Latitude Forty, Love Cove, Nedjma, Nehantic Kat, Rewrite, and You Go West Girl.

Hudson: Ferocious Fires, Gold and Roses, Good Card, Johnie By Night, Premium Wine, Rollers, and Stormin Normandy.

Iroquois: By the Light, Ice Cool Kitty, Jet Setting, My Dinah, Precise Lady, Street Sass, Talking Treasure, and Under Serviced.

Sleepy Hollow: Fiddler's Afleet, Head Heart Hoof, Remarkable Storm, Straight Story, Tall Poppi, Trinity Magic, and Uncle T Seven.

Maid of the Mist: Anjorie, Chartreux, Got Clearance, High Cry, Ouchy Night, Our Golden Dream, Sarah Accomplished, Seek On, Sneakin Up, and Thunder Reigns.