09/28/2006 12:00AM

Lexi Star boasts best figs


Lexi Star was a tired filly after a demanding effort in the slop in Monmouth's Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Handicap in late August.

"She laid down and was dead tired for two days," said Bowie-based trainer Chris Grove.

Grove expects a strong rebound from the 4-year-old Lexi Star in the $60,000 Long Look Stakes for fillies and mares Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The 1 1/8-mile race drew a field of six with Lexi Star owning a substantial edge in recent Beyer Speed Figures. She ran an 88 and an 86 in her last two races.

The Molly Pitcher was Lexi Star's second race following a lengthy layoff. She returned with a strong allowance win at Delaware Park before stepping up to face Promenade Girl and Grade 1 winner Round Pond in the Molly Pitcher.

"She ran a big race at Delaware off the layoff," Grove said. "I thought she ran a heck of the race in the Molly Pitcher against two nice fillies."

Lexi Star chased the pace before finishing fourth.

"I think she really needed that second race off the layoff and I'm looking forward to a big effort this week," Grove said.

Lexi Star, a winner of 4 of 9 career starts, was laid up after an allowance win at Laurel in January.

"She had something going on in her left front leg," Grove said. "I stopped on her because I really thought a lot of her. It was nothing major, just some wear and tear. The break helped her recover and grow up a little bit."

Lexi Star is still looking for her first stakes win after two near-misses last fall. Lexi Star got beat a head in the Maryland Million Oaks at Laurel.

"She just got nipped," Grove said. "She never should have gotten beat that day."

She wound up trapped in traffic in her next start, Laurel's Anne Arundel Stakes.

"She never, never had a chance to run, trapped down on the rail," Grove said. "It has not been her fault she hasn't won a stakes, just some bad luck."

Pleasant Chimes already has a stakes win, having captured the Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup Stakes at Delaware Park last year.

The 4-year-old Pleasant Chimes, trained by Mark Hennig, is in fine form, having won consecutive allowance races at Monmouth.

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel had a very successful Monmouth meet, winning 8 races from only 18 starts. Marimba Rhythm, who runs in the Long Look, got two of those victories, capturing first- and second-level allowance races.

Cayuga's Waters competed in New York-bred stakes at Saratoga in her last two. She was a pacesetting fourth on the turf in the Yaddo Handicap and came back to be third in the Saratoga Dew on the main track after having to be repeatedly steadied.

Dina and Dance Fee complete the field.

o The Meadowlands race office had three stakes available for Saturday but could only fill the Long Look. Both the King Bold Reality at five furlongs on the turf and Ready Jet Go for fillies and mares going six furlongs will be put up again for Tuesday's matinee card.

It marked the second straight time the King Bold Reality, originally slated for Friday's opening night card, failed to pull more than five entrants.Stall expects 'good' Greeley's Galaxy to show upP