07/02/2012 3:01PM

Finger Lakes: Niagara looking like Englehart family affair


One member of the Englehart family should be posing for a picture in the Finger Lakes winner’s circle following the Wednesday’s Niagara Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. But will it be Chris Englehart, the track’s leading trainer each of the past nine years, or his son, Jeremiah, who will saddle two contenders compared with dad’s one in the six-furlong feature?

Chris Englehart may be outnumbered, but he will send out the probable favorite in Saichi Sweepin, who has been less than even money in her last four starts. The only blemish on Saichi Sweepin’s five-race record is the runner-up finish she recorded last time out when she rallied to miss by a half-length in her first start against statebred company in a first-level allowance.

Saichi Sweepin had swept her her first four starts against open company by a combined margin of 22 lengths.

Jeremiah Englehart will counter with his uncoupled entry of Catalina Island and K Bella. Both are coming off victories that produced career-best Beyer Speed Figures.

Catalina Island finally cleared her maiden condition on her fifth try with a 70 Beyer Figure when she dropped down to face $20,000 maiden claimers at Belmont Park on May 26. K Bella earned her third career victory against open allowance company on May 31, earning a 65 Beyer. She will be dropping to face statebreds for the first time in her ninth lifetime start.

Trainer Joe Signore has a chance to player the spoiler’s role with Belmont shipper Karma Police. The 79 Beyer that Karma Police was awarded for her 2 1/2-length score in a first-level allowance for New York-breds on June 2 is by far the best in the Niagara field.

The other upset possibility is Capella Dancer, who has been first or second in all four of her previous starts locally. Capella Dancer, trained by Michael Ferraro, cuts back from a route win on June 26 and will be facing New York-breds for the first time.