11/10/2011 1:43PM

Laurel Park: Gilhooly’s Super back on short rest in Squan Song


Based on the brief period Gilhooly’s Super has been in Howard Wolfendale’s barn, the 3-year-old filly seems to relish racing on short rest. Moving up in class to a first-level allowance just seven days after she was claimed on behalf of Robert Cole Jr. for $25,000, Gilhooly’s Super responded with a 6 3/4-length victory and a career-best 79 Beyer Speed Figure.

After regressing in her next outing, Gilhooly’s Super comes back in nine days in Saturday’s $50,000 Squan Song at Laurel Park.

The seven-furlong Squan Song drew a field of 10 Maryland-bred fillies and mares, all seeking their first stakes win.

The distance of the Squan Song should be no problem for Gilhooly’s Super, since she won her maiden going two turns and 6 1/2 furlongs at Charles Town and finished a good second going a one-turn mile at Laurel two months ago.

Wolfendale shows a good 6-for-24 record (25 percent) with fillies and mares returning in 10 days or less.

Another 3-year-old, Art of the Hunt, could be the stiffest competition for Gilhooly’s Super. The Fran Campitelli-trained Art of the Hunt shortens up slightly in distance after finishing second in the one-mile Twixt on Oct. 22. She also was within three lengths of the lead after the first seven furlongs of the one-mile Maryland Million Oaks in her previous start.

A pair of 4-year-olds, Grandiloquent and Lily Quatorze, fit on their best efforts if you are willing to dismiss subpar performances in their most recent outings.

Grandiloquent returns to the main track after an unsuccessful two-race experiment on turf. Three starts ago, she finished less than two lengths behind Art of the Hunt against open allowance company in a 1 1/16-mile race at Penn National.

Lily Quatorze frequently flashes high speed and then fades as she did last time going a mile in a third-level optional $32,000 claimer. But two starts ago, when she rated in fourth after the first-half mile, Lily Quatorze was beaten just 1 1/2 lengths in the Maryland Million Distaff. The 78 Beyer she earned that day nearly matches the figure Gilhooly’s Super earned in her big win last month.

The X factor in the race is Campaign Vows, a 3-year-old from the high-percentage barn of Rodney Jenkins. She showed good turf form during the spring and summer. In her lone start on a fast dirt track, Campaign Vows finished a close second sprinting against maidens at Pimlico.