09/11/2009 12:00AM

Lady Chace has the right style

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Lady Chace wins the Saylorville at Prairie Meadows before a disappointing Saratoga start.

In a lineup loaded with early speed, Lady Chace's stalk-and-pounce ability may give her a tactical advantage in Saturday's $150,000 Endine Stakes at Delaware Park.

The Grade 3 Endine, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, highlights an Owners Day program that includes two other stakes worth $75,000 apiece. The 1 1/8-mile Governors Day and the George Rosenberger Memorial, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, are both restricted to horses who have made at least one start locally this season.

Lady Chace, who was based in Kentucky with trainer Steve Margolis for most of the summer, was good enough to finish second in the Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill Downs in May and win the $100,000 Saylorville at Prairie Meadows a month later.

The 4-year-old Lady Chace raced against a speed-biased track last time out at Saratoga, finishing fifth of six in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss.

Margolis said he considers that race to be a fluke and is expecting a better effort in the Endine, based on Lady Chace's two recent workouts over Delaware's main track.

"She had a great trip, but did not kick on against some very nice fillies," Margolis said of the Honorable Miss. "So far, while training over the Delaware strip she has had two decent works, so we are hoping for a better performance."

Brian Hernandez Jr., who will be aboard Lady Chace for the first time, should be able to work out a good trip from post 4, sitting just off what could be a contested pace involving need-the-lead types Keep the Peace, Bold Union, and Sunday Geisha.

Keep the Peace could go favored after back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Honorable Miss and the Grade 1 Princess Rooney at Calder.

Bold Union wheels back just 14 days after setting a swift pace and holding on for second in the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Saratoga.

Sunday Geisha, second in the $250,000 My Juliet at Philadelphia Park three starts ago, most recently set the pace and weakened in the Regret at Monmouth Park. The winner that day, D'wild Ride, returned to win a $50,000 starter handicap on closing day at Saratoga.

* In the Governors Day (race 5), Fancy Runner looks like the horse to fear most in a field of eight. He comes off a near-miss in the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park.

Rhythmn Master, a winner for high claiming tags in each of his last two starts, also merits respect.

* Kitty Kat Express, who upset the $77,000 Light Hearted Stakes at 28-1 in mid-July, and Princess Haya, first or second the last four times she has raced on turf, are the top contenders in the Rosenberger (race 10).