08/31/2004 11:00PM

Hills weighing Sorority for Toll Taker


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Trainer Tim Hills rates Toll Taker a possibility for the $100,000 Sorority Stakes on Saturday, the main event of the Labor Day weekend at Monmouth Park.

The six-furlong Sorority for 2-year-old fillies will probably wind up with a small field, a prospect appealing to Hills. Only Bold Outlook, Classic Elegance, and Queens Plaza have been committed as runners.

Hills, however, is looking at the longer-range picture for the Illinois-bred Toll Taker and focusing on a race at Hawthorne. Toll Taker is eligible to the $100,000 Showtime Deb for Illinois-bred 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs on Nov. 13.

"If she runs in the Sorority, she will already have four races," said Hills, Monmouth's leading trainer. "It might be asking too much."

Toll Taker made all three starts at Monmouth and has shown steady Beyer Speed Figure improvement. She debuted on June 17 and ran sixth for a Beyer Figure of 31. The figure jumped to 41 on July 15 when she finished third to Joyous Song, who went to win Monmouth's Colleen Stakes in her next outing.

Toll Taker broke through with her maiden win on Aug. 12, cruising to a five-length victory that produced a Beyer Figure of 49.

Sleeters lose another star

It's been a tough two-week stretch around the Sleeter barn, which lost two stellar New Jersey-breds.

It started when Something Smith was euthanized following an infection. It continued with the retirement of Whoop's Ah Daisy because of chronically bad ankles. She ran third in her final appearance Sunday in the Eleven North Stakes.

"I debated running Sunday because of her ankles," said owner Gerry Sleeter, whose son Kevin trains Whoop's Ah Daisy. "I decided to give her one last start. I felt like a winner Sunday when she walked off the track with no problems."

A 5-year-old mare, Whoop's Ah Daisy will move into the Sleeters' broodmare band at their farm in Clementon, N.J.

Whoop's Ah Daisy ran 21 times with 7 wins and earnings of $259,710.

Diavla needs clean trip

Diavla returned from a two-month freshening here Aug. 15 and encountered a troubled trip. She was shut off at the quarter pole in an off-the-turf spot and still managed to get second.

Leading rider Joe Bravo will try to give her a smoother trip Friday in the featured $39,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

A 3-year-old filly, Diavla is trained by John Dowd and co-owned by former Duke basketball star Bobby Hurley.

The main competition should come from Lord Billy, second last time behind next-out winner Final Assault, and Dangerously, who easily won a maiden claiming sprint in her most recent.

* Trainer Bill Anderson plans to return War's Prospect to open company in Monmouth's $60,000 City Zip Stakes on Sept. 18. War's Prospect won the Pappa Riccio Stakes for 3-year-old New Jersey-breds last Sunday. The Pappa Riccio was at a mile, while the City Zip is at six furlongs.

* Trainer Norman Pointer has two 1 1/8-mile grass stakes on the same day under consideration for Hotstufanthensome's next start. Fourth in the Fourstardave at Saratoga on Saturday, Hotstufanthensome could wind up in either the Grade 2, $200,000 Belmont Breeders' Cup or in the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Breeders' Cup Memorial at Pimlico. Both are on Sept. 18.