11/30/2006 12:00AM

Juveniles in South Carolina co-features


Horses who made their last start in Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, West Virginia, and New Jersey are among the leading contenders in a pair of $40,000 restricted stakes for 2-year-olds at Philadelphia Park.

Both stakes will be contested at 6 1/2 furlongs and are restricted to 2-year-olds that spent at least 90 days in South Carolina and whose connections paid a $100 nomination fee to the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

No Mine for Me, the recent easy winner of a first-level allowance at Delaware Park, will face Six String, who nearly won a stakes at Laurel Park three races ago, and Call Me Clash, a maiden winner at Monmouth Park two months ago, in the Christopher Elser Memorial for colts and geldings.

The three top threats in the Donna Freyer for fillies are Welcome Inn, who crushed first-level allowance horses last time out at Delaware; Suzy Smart, wire-to-wire winner of her career debut at the Meadowlands; and Spooked, who set the pace for the first half-mile in a first-level allowance at Churchill Downs last time out.

In the Elser, which goes as race 8, the best recent race belongs to No Mine for Me, who outran five rivals by three lengths in his first start since he was claimed by trainer Mike Pino for $50,000 out of a winning maiden race.

Six String, the only other two-time winner in the 11-horse field, showed signs of talent when he missed by three-quarters of a length in the off-the-turf Oliver Twist, a stakes restricted to Maryland-breds, in September. He finished last of eight as the 8-5 favorite in the Maryland Million Nursery, but ran much better less than three weeks ago, finishing third in a $46,200 allowance at Mountaineer Race Track. He is cross-entered in the $85,000 H. Steward Mitchell at Laurel.

Call Me Clash's best performance came when he crushed $40,000 maiden claimers in the mud at Monmouth. He regressed badly in his first try against winners at Laurel.

In the 10-horse Freyer (race 9), Welcome Inn looks like the horse to beat. Trained by Graham Motion, she has won her last two starts by a combined 10 lengths.

Suzy Smart, trained by Jim Ryerson, might be the speed of the speed, based on her sub-45-second half-mile split in her maiden victory.

Spooked, based at Churchill with trainer Michael Lauer, will be meeting easier after off-the-board finishes in a allowance at her home track and the Prairie Meadows Debutante. She has run well out of town previously, including a third in the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies.