05/28/2011 4:16PM

Finger Lakes scene of Lisa's Booby Trap's return

Barbara D. Livingston
The 4-year-old filly Lisa's Booby Trap will make her first start since last September in Tuesday's sprint feature at Finger Lakes.

One of racing’s best feel-good stories of 2010 took place last summer when owner-trainer Tim Snyder, down on his luck and without a horse to call his own, spent his last $2,000 to buy a filly who was blind in one eye and burdened by a club foot and bad shoulder. It became a rags-to-riches saga when Lisa’s Booby Trap – named for Snyder’s late wife and a gentleman’s club in Florida – reeled off four straight victories to begin her career, capped by a six-length score in the restricted Loudonville for New York-breds at Saratoga.

The storybook season went sour, however, when Lisa’s Booby Trap finished last of 10 trying turf at Saratoga, and she faded from view after finishing third of five as an odds-on favorite in an allowance back at her home track, Finger Lakes, in western New York.

Chapter 2 could begin on Tuesday when Lisa’s Booby Trap returns from an eight-month layoff to make her 4-year-old debut in the featured eighth race at Finger Lakes, a six-furlong money allowance that is also open to $30,000 claimers.

Based on her workouts, Lisa’s Booby Trap seems sharp. She breezed four furlongs in a best-of-30 move in 48 seconds on May 13 and followed that with an even more impressive five-furlong bullet in 59 seconds last Monday.

She will be ridden for the first time by Daniel Morales, who begins the week with a 4-for-39 record and just 2 for 34 at the Finger Lakes meet.

Lovely Daniella, who has been off a week longer than Lisa’s Booby Trap – or more precisely since winning the Jack Betta Be Rite Handicap going 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 18 – looks to be the most dangerous rival to the track’s 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of six.

A 6-year-old mare with a 9-for-14 record at Finger Lakes, Lovely Daniella has not won sprinting since taking an optional $10,000 claimer restricted to New York-breds in May 2009. In her first start last year following a similar eight-month break, Lovely Daniella did run well enough to finish third, earning an 80 Beyer Speed Figure, in the six-furlong Arctic Queen.

Seasons Wise finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Lovely Daniella in last year’s Arctic Queen. First or second in 10 of 14 starts at Finger Lakes, Seasons Wise returns to her home track after a lackluster fifth going five furlongs on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs two weeks ago.