06/01/2005 11:00PM

Frost Princess obvious on form


A two-time winner on grass against open company, Frost Princess has found a soft spot against Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes at Pimlico.

won her maiden on grass at 2 last September at Delaware Park. After coming up empty in her 3-year-old debut off a long layoff, she won by four lengths going 1 1/8 miles, beating 11 horses, in a first-level turf allowance at Pimlico a month ago.

The only other filly in the 1 1/16-mile Pearl Necklace with a win on turf is Sweetsoutherndessa, who got a 34 Beyer Speed Figure for beating maidens in a sprint at Colonial Downs last summer. Hamilton Smith trains both fillies, but they will run uncoupled because of different ownership.

In fairness, is a much faster filly now than she was at 2. Two races ago, she beat Frost Princess by two lengths going a mile on turf, finishing second and earning a career-best 70 Beyer.

"I really don't know which of the two is better on the grass," Smith said. "I ran them together on the grass a few races back and Sweetsoutherndessa finished second and Frost Princess finished fourth. Sweetsoutherndessa will start whether the race is on the grass or on the main track. Frost Princess will only start on the grass."

, 0 for 4 on grass, is the only other entrant to have tried the turf.

Among those making their first start on turf, the two most intriguing are Cozy Gain and the maiden Foufa's Hunter.

Cozy Gain, a winner sprinting on dirt in her career debut, is a half-sister to the 5-year-old mare Sweep Up, whose 1-2-1 record in 6 grass starts includes a win against allowance runners at Fair Grounds as a 3-year-old.

Foufa's Hunter is a full sister to Foufa's Warrior. Although Foufa's Warrior is just 1 for 9 on grass, that victory came in the Grade 3 Kent Breeders' Cup at Delaware Park.