08/11/2006 12:00AM

Irish Linnet Rewrite's race to lose


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Much like editors at a newspaper, fans at Saratoga on Sunday are expected to yell, "Get me Rewrite."

There's good reason. Not for the editing - after all, all writers' words are perfect - but for betting on Rewrite, who is perfect in three grass starts and will seek her first stakes victory in the $70,000-added Irish Linnet Stakes, the eighth race on Sunday's 10-race card.

The Irish Linnet, for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies, drew a field of 12, plus two also-eligibles, who will go 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf course. Rewrite is favorably drawn in post 4.

A cleverly named daughter of Editor's Note, Rewrite is co-owned by former Daily Racing Form writer Karen M. Johnson, who races with her sister Kathy as Amherst Stable.

After performing poorly in an off-the-turf race last fall, Rewrite has been perfect this year. At Belmont Park, she defeated maidens, then stepped up to win at both the first and second allowance levels, each time by at least 2 3/4 lengths.

"If there is pace, she can wait, and if there is not, she will be on it," said trainer Christophe Clement.

Homerette was a distant third to Rewrite on July 19 after winning a first-level allowance in her prior start. She is back to try again, and benefits by drawing the rail.

"We're all chasing Clement," said Patrick Kelly, who trains Homerette. "I was hoping he'd run her against the big fillies."

Whateverwillbwillbe split Rewrite and Homerette on July 19, but she drew post 10.

Towering Escape was a close fourth in a turf sprint on June 11, then romped by 21 lengths on a muddy track in an off-the-turf allowance on July 22.

"She's never won on grass, but she's been close in both her races, and she's got the pedigree for it," said Richard Schosberg, who trains Towering Escape, a daughter of Giant's Causeway. "She's never won going two turns, so that's a concern. I'm hoping she can step up and handle the relatively unknown factors."

It'snotthemoney won three straight before failing against older statebreds. She should improve now that she is back against only 3-year-olds.

Nowmorethanever is 2 for 2 since switching to turf.