10/22/2009 12:00AM

Modification looks to regain good form

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A return to dirt, where she won the Endine at Delaware two starts ago, may help Bold Union in the Seton Hall.

Modification makes her first start since July in the $65,000 Seton Hall University Stakes on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

The six-furlong race for fillies and mares drew a field of 10, many with extensive stakes experience. Modification, a 4-year-old making her first start for trainer Mark Hennig, tops that list.

Her last six races were all graded, including four Grade 1's for trainer Doug O'Neill. Her best effort in that span was a rallying third in the slop in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

That was her only race on dirt in that stretch, with four coming on synthetic tracks at Santa Anita or Hollywood Park, and one on turf.

This will be her first outing since finishing last in the A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood in July.

Bold Union is another looking to rebound following a disappointment on synthetics. A 3-year-old trained by Kelly Breen, Bold Union finished a distant eighth in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland.

Her three prior races were solid efforts on dirt: wins in the Grade 3 Endine Stakes at Delaware Park and in the Femme Fatale Stakes at Penn National sandwiched around a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Victory Ride Stakes at Saratoga.

Sunday Geisha bids for a second straight stakes win for Bruce Levine, Monmouth's leading trainer for a second straight season. A 4-year-old, Sunday Geisha got up in deep stretch to take the Trenton Stakes on Sept. 13.

Completing the field are Elusive Surprise, Natalicat, All Giving, Fearless Leader, D'wild Ride, Tar Heel Mom, and Love That Dance.