02/15/2008 12:00AM

Home game for Control System


Though she has spent most of the last 16 months stabled at Laurel Park, Control System has yet to race there. That changes Saturday when Control System heads a field of 10 entered in the Grade 2, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap.

"I hope she likes Laurel as much as the inner track at Aqueduct," said Mike Trombetta, trainer of Control System, who is 3 for 3 over the inner track.

Control System figures to go off a strong favorite in the Fritchie, which is the last of 10 races to be run at Laurel on Saturday and begins the Magna 5, a $2 wager that requires bettors to pick the winners of five races run at Magna-owned tracks in one-hour. There were no winning tickets sold on the Magna 5 last Saturday, resulting in a $265,310 carryover.

Overall, Control System is 5 for 7 with 2 third-place finishes in her career. She displayed good speed early in her career, but in her last race, a 3 1/2-length victory in the Interborough Handicap, she showed a new dimension.

Breaking from the rail, Control System dueled inside of Oprah Winney - last year's Fritchie winner - then took back a quarter-mile into the race, came outside of Oprah Winney, and then left her in the dust in the stretch en route to the easy victory.

"That was striking that she had the mentality do that and do it well," Trombetta said Friday.

Trombetta had considered running Control System once in between the Garland of Roses and the Fritchie, but ultimately decided against it.

"I am very much glad I did," Trombetta said. "She's very, very good right now; she's very happy."

This will be Control System's first try beyond six furlongs, but Trombetta is comfortable that it's only an additional furlong.

Julien Pimentel rides Control System from post 8. Control System and Oprah Winney carry co-highweight of 120 pounds.

Control System may need to rate on Saturday as the Fritchie came up a speed-laden field with Oprah Winney, Devil House, All Giving, and Golden Dawn in the field.

A hot pace could help For Kisses, a 5-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Not For Love who is 7 for 12 over Laurel's dirt track. She had won three in a row at Laurel before running into traffic when fifth in the Nellie Morse Stakes last out.

"The horse is doing real well; big excuse last time," said trainer Dick Small, who added he is likely to scratch his other entrant, Take a Check, from the Fritchie. "She ran into trouble but when she did bully her way through she finished real strong."

Small did admit this is a tougher field than For Kisses has faced.

"I'm hoping for a snowstorm so the New York shippers don't get there," he said.

Karakorum Starlet, trained by Jeff Odintz, is one of those New York shippers who is in excellent form though she has been beaten twice by Control System. Also, trainer Bruce Levine sends out the uncoupled entry of Devil House and More Angels.

Three New Yorkers in for Campbell

Nite Light, Angliana, and Naughty New Yorker will all ship down from New York for Saturday's $95,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

Nite Light has won three consecutive races, all from on the pace. With Happy Surprise entered in this field, Nite Light may not get the early lead, but that doesn't have his connections fretting.

"In a circumstance like that with a dominant speed a little aggressive about getting the lead, we don't have to have it," said Seth Benzel, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher. "We definitely have an option to lay second if need be."

Nite Light breaks from post 7 under Mike Luzzi.

Angliana, winner of the Aqueduct Handicap at 1 1/16 miles, figures to be a stalking presence under Alan Garcia.

"He's trained very well after the Aqueduct," said Art Magnuson, assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "Distance doesn't seem to be an issue. All along we were thinking a mile and an eighth might be better."

Naughty New Yorker, the 120-pound highweight, would benefit from a fast pace.

Tap Dancing Mauk, Jane's Kid and Diamond David complete the field.