11/03/2003 1:00AM

Liz on Polk Street has pedigree to grow on


CHICAGO - Owner Frank Calabrese has been operating a claiming stable this season, but Calabrese has a few horses with quality and seems to have come up with a good 2-year-old filly.

Liz on Polk Street made her career debut Saturday at Hawthorne, winning a maiden sprint race by 4 1/2 lengths, and she has pedigree to go with her strong performance. Liz on Polk Street is by A.P. Indy and out of Calabrese's Grade 1-winning mare Silver Maiden.

"She might have beaten an average bunch, but I think she did it okay," said trainer Wayne Catalano. "She had a right to pack it in, the way things worked out."

The way things worked out was that Liz on Polk Street got out of the gate slowly and rushed to the early lead. A young horse getting such a trip often comes up short in the stretch, but Liz on Polk Street finished well, earning a 76 Beyer while running six furlongs in 1:12.65.

"Of course we've all got high hopes for her," Catalano said. "She might be the one. She doesn't have great speed, but it's the second jump she gets it together."

Liz on Polk Street won't run again at Hawthorne. She is likely to make her next start at the Gulfstream meet. "She'll be ready to stretch out if that's what we elect to do," said Catalano.

Mystery Giver headed to Fair Grounds

Mystery Giver came out of his Saturday win in the Grade 3 Carey Handicap in good shape and will head to his winter quarters in New Orleans later this month, said his trainer, Chris Block. At Fair Grounds, Richie Scherer takes over Mystery Giver's training.

"He'll rest a little once he gets down there," Block said. "Richie and I will talk sometime in mid-December and figure out which way we want to go with him."

The main goal for Mystery Giver is the Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup, which Mystery Giver easily won last season, but Block said Mystery Giver might start three weeks before that race in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap.

Summer Mis may pass festival

Saturday's Phil Georgeff Illinois Festival of Racing here is in danger of losing one of its stars. Summer Mis, a Grade 3 winner in her most recent race, could defect from the Powerless Handicap because her connections are dissatisfied with her weight assignment of 127 pounds.

"If we go in and win, what does she carry next year? 130 pounds?" Tony Mitchell, her trainer, said.

The Powerless is one of six statebred stakes to be run Saturday.

* The best racing on Wednesday's card involves 2-year-old maidens and midlevel turf claimers, who could be rained off the grass by persistent wet weather.