02/04/2010 12:00AM

Imanheiress in new setting


In three lifetime starts, the 3-year-old filly Imanheiress has yet to run on a fast track, race at a distance shorter than 6 1/2 furlongs, or lose.

At least one of those streaks will end Saturday when Imanheiress faces eight other 3 year-old fillies in the $70,000 Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park.

At six furlongs, the Marshua will be the shortest race of Imanheiress's brief career. Based on the weather forecast for central Maryland, which calls for snow showers Friday and Saturday, she is likely to catch a wet track for the fourth consecutive time.

Whether she is fast enough to remain undefeated, however, is the big question. Imanheiress earned a modest Beyer Speed Figure of 59 for her most recent victory, which came going two turns at Charles Town. That's nearly 20 points below the field's top last-out figure of 78 shared by Gator Prowl and Jim's Prospect, who finished heads apart as the one-two finishers in a first-level optional $40,000 claimer on Jan. 29.

The question for Gator Prowl, who will making her third start in 24 days, and Jim's Prospect, beaten a head by Imanheiress when they met at Laurel in November, is how they will react returning on short rest.

From a small sampling, Gator Prowl's trainer, John Salzman Jr., is 0 for 3 with fillies and mares returning in 10 days or less, according to DRFs Formulator. John Secor, the trainer of Jim's Prospect, is 0 for 7 in that same stat.

Argentaffair and Bellflower both have never been out of the money in their four-race careers.

Argentaffair, who began her career racing for a $30,000 claiming price, will be making the second start of her form cycle after finishing second in the Ruthless over Aqueduct's inner track. Bellflower has moved forward on the Beyer scale in each of her last three starts.