02/03/2011 3:38PM

Full Moon Blues looks fit for return at Laurel

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Full Moon Blues, who upset the Grade 3 Tempted going a mile in November, shortens up to a six-furlong sprint for Saturday's Marshua.

Full Moon Blues and Red’s Round Table, a pair of Laurel Park-based fillies whose most noteworthy achievements have come out of town, will return to their Maryland roots when they meet for the first time in Saturday’s $75,000 Marshua Stakes at seven furlongs.

Full Moon Blues began her career by sprinting six furlongs three times, culminated by a 10 1/2-length romp over maidens at her home track. Trainer Tim Tullock then shipped Full Moon Blues to New York, where she stretched out to a mile and connected as the longest shot in a five-horse field to upset the Grade 3 Tempted at 11-1 She did not handle the rise in class or the extra furlong when asked to tackle Grade 2 company going 1 1/8 miles in the Demoiselle.

Saturday’s race will be the first start for Full Moon Blues since late November, but she indicated her fitness with a bullet five-furlong work on Jan. 25. Her regular rider, Malcolm Franklin, will break from post 5 with Full Moon Blues.

“This is a race I have been pointing to after she ran such a poor race last time,” said Tullock, who won the Marshua two years ago with Strut the Canary. “She’s ready and I love the draw. Malcolm can see what’s going on and go from there. She’s a nice filly and hopefully we’ll have fun with her as a 3-year-old.”

Full Moon Blues is part of an uncoupled entry for Tullock with Sweet Susan, who most recently finished third in the Ruthless at Aqueduct.

"She never shows flashes of brilliance but keeps getting better each time out and deserves a shot," Tullock said. "She ran a really nice race in New York.”

Red’s Round Table has raced at Laurel just once previously, scoring by 6 1/2 lengths in a first-level optional claimer last August. She closed out her 2-year-old campaign by winning back-to-back overnight stakes at Delaware Park and Aqueduct.

In addition to Red’s Round Table, three other fillies – Delta Donya, Doing Great, and Heaher – come into the Marshua off last-race victories. Of that group, the most intriguing is the unbeaten Heather, who defeated Pennsylvania-breds in her career debut at Penn National and followed up by ralling from far back to draw off by 3 1/4 lengths in a first-level allowance at Parx Racing while improving her Beyer Speed Figure by 18 points.

Doing Great, winner of the Maryland Million Lassie in October, was beaten more than 16 lengths by Full Moon Blues in the Tempted, but has paired up her two most recent races while back sprinting and is returning to a track where she won her only previous start.Delta Donya, who began her career running for a $20,000 tag, gets tested for class after winning her two most recent starts by a combined 10 1/4 lengths