06/23/2004 11:00PM

'Harmony' goes easy


Harmony Lodge, one of the East's top female sprinters, seeks to end a three-race losing streak Saturday, when she goes against much softer company than she's accustomed to in the $100,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Harmony Lodge is 10 for 22 lifetime, including hard-fought wins in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Gallant Blossom at Belmont last year. Harmony Lodge looked as good as ever when she began her 6-year-old campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream. Since then, however, she has had to settle for second at short odds in stakes at three different tracks.

Her stiffest competition among five rivals in the six-furlong My Juliet looks like Ebony Breeze, a 4-year-old filly trained by Bill Mott. A two-time Grade 3 winner in Florida, Ebony Breeze most recently finished third to Lady Tak in last month's Winning Colors at Churchill Downs. The runner-up in that race, Put Me In, returned to set a track record for five furlongs at Churchill.

Devotees of trainer patterns should be aware that Mott is 3 for 5 when shipping to Philly Park the past three seasons. In contrast, Pletcher is 2 for 9 over the same span.

She Is Raging, a $15,500 claimer last November, will be making her stakes debut after winning six of her last eight races.