09/26/2007 11:00PM

Miraculous Miss in sharp drop

EmailMiraculous Miss takes a substantial class drop in quest of her first victory in more than a year when she faces six other fillies and mares in Saturday's $300,000 My Juliet at Philadelphia Park.

The six-furlong My Juliet, whose purse includes $50,000 in Breeders' Cup funds, heads a three-stakes package that includes the $250,000 Gallant Bob Handicap for 3-year-old sprinters and the $60,000 High Yield for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-olds.

As a 3-year-old last season, Miraculous Miss was good enough to win a pair of Grade 2 stakes at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct, and the Grade 3 Endine at Delaware Park on Sept. 6. In five subsequent starts, however, she hasn't been able to do better than third.

Two of her losses this year came against Grade 1 company and in one of those, the Ballerina at Saratoga, she did manage to pass six horses and gain seven lengths from the half-mile pole to the wire. Miraculous Miss failed to make up any ground in her most recent start two weeks ago on the synthetic Tapeta surface in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters.

Without much speed in the My Juliet, Miraculous Miss may have a difficult time mounting a late charge again.

The two horses with the best current form are Generosity and S W Aly'svalentine.

The 5-year-old Generosity comes off a career-best effort in the Ready Jet Go Stakes on the opening-day program at the Meadowlands. She sat close to a swift pace and flew home to win by five lengths, completing six furlongs in 1:08.14, not too far off the track record of 1:07.62. The Beyer Speed Figure of 88 that she earned is the highest of her career. Whether she can run back to that figure less than four weeks later while picking up five pounds is questionable.

S W Aly'svalentine has been the dominant female statebred sprinter on the grounds, winning the six-furlong Pistol Packer Handicap and the Ambassador of Luck Handicap, carrying 122 pounds each time. She gets in at 119 pounds on Saturday and indicated she has retained her fitness with a sterling five-furlong workout last week at Penn National in 57.80 seconds.

Hailie's Girl was beaten twice this season by S W Aly'svalentine, but has been first or second in 12 of 16 starts at Philly Park. She has been freshened for this spot by trainer Lupe Preciado, and gets in light at 114 pounds.

Gallant Bob: Cherokee Country at home

Horse-for-the-course Cherokee Country merits a slight edge in the six-furlong Gallant Bob for 3-year-olds.

In 5 starts at his home track of Philadelphia Park, Cherokee Country has 3 wins and 1 second. A three-time stakes winner this season, Cherokee Country returns to dirt following a second over Tapeta in the $100,000 Labor Day at Presque Isle.

Also switching from synthetic to dirt is California shipper Double Action. He won two minor stakes on conventional tracks in Northern California and most recently got up by a nose in a restricted stakes on Del Mar's Polytrack.

Premium Wine will face open company for the first time after crushing New York-breds in an optional claiming race last month at Saratoga and earning a Beyer Figure of 103.

Out of Gwedda has faced top-shelf competition, finishing third in the Grade 2 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park and being within a half-length of the lead at the eighth pole of the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga. This will be his first start at six furlongs since January.

U R Da Best earned a huge 101 Beyer defeating maidens over a speed-favoring Monmouth Park strip, then regressed in his first start against winners. A return to his career debut performance would stamp him a threat here.

High Yield: Terriffico appears tough

Debut winner Terriffico will actually be racing for far less money in the High Yield than he did when he beat open-company maidens for a $77,000 purse at Presque Isle earlier this month. Although his last two workouts and his only race were on Tapeta, Terriffico worked well on dirt last month at Penn National.

His chief challenger figures to be Badagain, who defeated maiden claimers in early August. Badagain's sire, Pine Bluff, was successful at 2, winning the Grade 2 Remson and Grade 3 Nashua, and placing third in two Grade 1 events.