05/21/2009 11:00PM

Game Face in quick turnaround

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Bob Coglianese
Game Face returns on 14 days' rest for the My Juliet.

Game Face holds a distinct class advantage over her five rivals in Saturday's $250,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

After facing graded stakes company in her first four starts this season, including wins in the Grade 3 First Lady and Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park, the 4-year-old Game Face goes against much weaker competition in the six-furlong My Juliet.

But because she's coming back 21 days after an uncharacteristic poor performance in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard, bettors may think twice before taking a short price on Game Face.

Trainer Todd Pletcher is 1 for 11 in stakes with female sprinters returning in three weeks or less over the last five years, according to DRF's Formulator.

Viable alternatives to the heavy favorite include Jet Away Jane, third in this race last year; Cammy's Choice, 4 for 5 lifetime locally; and the lightly raced Indian Way.

Of that group, the Tony Dutrow-trained Indian Way might be the most dangerous.

In three starts on dirt - the surface at Philadelphia Park - Indian Way's only defeat came when she caught a muddy track in last year's Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park. This year, Indian Way has won her two starts by a combined margin of almost 14 lengths.

Her pattern looks quite similar to another Dutrow filly, Fancy Diamond, who finished second by a length in last year's My Juliet as the 4-5 favorite. Fancy Diamond came into the 2008 My Juliet off a win in a high-priced optional claimer worth a 91 Beyer Speed Figure and improved to a 96 in her race at Philly Park. Indian Way most recently earned a 91 Beyer for her victory in an optional claimer at Aqueduct and probably still has room to improve, given that she recorded a 100 on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track last year at 3.

Cammy's Choice has been off since dead-heating for the win in the Primonetta at Laurel Park in early April. In two previous starts in which she was given a brief layoff following a victory, Cammy's Choice returned to run second.

Jet Away Jane was a four-time stakes winner last year, but seems to have lost a step or two this season at 6. She was badly beaten in the Primonetta and settled for second against Pennsylvania-breds last time out.