01/08/2009 12:00AM

Laurel: Access Fee has right figure


Access Fee and Hongkong Tour, a pair of lightly raced 4-year-old fillies with perfect records racing over the main track at Laurel Park, each seeks her first stakes victory in Saturday's $50,000 What a Summer.

The six-furlong stakes drew a field of 11 older fillies and mares, including the coupled entry of Andrea's Pic and Citi Charisse.

Access Fee, trained by Larry Murray, is 3 for 3 sprinting at Laurel. Her three-length win in a third-level optional $32,000 claimer on Nov. 19, worth a Beyer Speed Figure of 91, makes her the lone horse in the field close to the Beyer par of 95 for the last eight runnings of the What a Summer, named for the champion sprinter of 1977.

The only two blemishes on Access Fee's record are a second in a turf sprint at Philadelphia Park and a fourth in an overnight stakes run over Aqueduct's inner track last month.

Hongkong Tour, from the high-percentage barn of Gary Capuano, has been limited to four starts since making her career debut in November 2007, but she has won them all, including a one-turn mile as a 2-year-old and a wire-to-wire score going six furlongs in her return from a year on the sidelines in December. She will be facing stakes company for the first time after winning a second-level optional $32,000 claimer at Charles Town, but must run substantially faster than the 73 Beyer she earned in that race to contend in this spot.

The Maryland-bred mare All Giving returns just 11 days after setting the pace and fading to fifth in the the New Year's Eve Stakes at Mountaineer. She merits respect, based on her 4-for-9 record at Laurel, including a stakes win on last spring's Preakness undercard in The Very One.

Vicar's Vixen has recorded five consecutive Beyers in the narrow range of 81 to 89. Her only two stakes tries in 2008, both against restricted company, produced a pair of thirds.