06/07/2010 12:00AM

Hooh Why trying short way home


Hooh Why goes from 1 1/16 miles to 5 1/2 furlongs on Tuesday for the $100,000 Satin and Lace at Presque Isle Downs, and her connections are hoping her class will pull her through at a distance that may be short of her best.

Hooh Why, 4, has yet to return to her 3-year-old form, which saw her win more than $450,000 in eight starts, but has run well in both of her starts this year. In her season debut April 15, she ran third in an optional allowance at Keeneland going six furlongs. In her most recent out May 15, she ran second in the $97,000 Illinois Owners going 1 1/16 miles at Arlington. Hooh Why earned a lifetime-high Beyer Speed Figure of 101 in that race and is the only horse in the Satin and Lace to have earned a triple-digit Beyer Figure.

Mark Hoffman, one of the principles of owner Darby Daze Farm LLC, doesn't think the Satin and Lace will be too short for Hooh Why.

"The race didn't come up that tough," he said. "If there were a bunch of graded stakes winners in there, we wouldn't be. I have been watching races from up there, and they have been coming from off the pace. I expect her to be flying in the stretch."

Hooh Why ran in four graded events last season, winning the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland and finishing third in two others. She was third, beaten a neck, in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and third in the Grade 3 Selene at Woodbine.

Ronnie Allen Jr. will ride Hooh Why for trainer Maria Bowersock on Tuesday.

Hooh Why was also entered for the turf in the $100,000 Mint Julep at Churchill Downs on Saturday, but was scratched because of a forecast for rain, Hoffman said.

"I didn't want to run over a soft turf course," he said.

Another horse who will be closing in the 12-horse Satin and Lace field is Proud Heiress. Trained by Wayne Mogge, she is the only other entrant to have run well in graded company, most recently winning the Grade 3 Whimsical at Woodbine April 18. Proud Heiress came from last to first to win the six-furlong event by a nose. Scott Spieth will ride.