05/25/2012 4:26PM

Monmouth Park: Savvy Supreme back on best track for Monmouth Beach Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Savvy Supreme will make her 2012 debut in Sunday's $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes.

OCEANPORT, N.J. – Savvy Supreme returns to the scene of her greatest triumph Sunday as the headliner in the $75,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes for fillies and mares at Monmouth Park.

The 4-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher makes her season debut in the mile and 70-yard contest against five rivals, with Elvis Trujillo set to ride.

Savvy Supreme won three times last year, with her finest moment the 1 3/4-length score in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. She earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure that afternoon, equaling her career best.

All systems appear set for another big effort.

Pletcher has selected a very reasonable spot for the comeback. Savvy Supreme, scheduled to arrive here Sunday morning, shows a steady string of workouts at Pletcher’s Belmont Park base in preparation for the return.

Her speed and close-stalking style are an ideal fit for this surface, and she has a history of strong races off layoffs.

“She runs big and she likes Monmouth,” assistant trainer Anthony Sciametta said. “And she runs well fresh.”

The main competition could be Cascabella for trainer Bret Calhoun. The 5-year-old enjoyed a very productive meet at Oaklawn, winning a pair of allowance races before finishing third in the Red Bud Stakes after opening a huge early lead. Joe Rocco Jr. will ride.

Successful Song contested three stakes here last summer, picking up thirds in this race and the Lighthouse. Like Savvy Supreme, Successful Song is on the comeback trail. This is her first outing since finishing far up the track in a statebred stakes at Gulfstream Park in January.

Nefertini was second most recently in the mud at Belmont Park in a similar overnight stakes.

Bahia Beach and Awe Hush, a pair of shippers from West Virginia, complete the lineup.

Little Silver: Tarrant has one turf, one dirt

Weather permitting – and that has been an issue during a rainy week on the Jersey Shore – the $60,000 Little Silver Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf should be a lively contest.

The one-mile race drew a full field of 12, including a pair of entrants from owner-trainer Amy Tarrant – Ready Signal and Street Crew.

Tarrant is hoping one of the two steps up to fill the void left by the retirement of the star of the barn, Pomeroys Pistol, who captured three graded stakes as a 3-year-old last season.

Tarrant plans on running only one in the Little Silver. Ready Signal goes if the race stays on the grass; Street Crew, a maiden winner in the slop at Gulfstream Park, comes into play only in the event of a surface switch.

Ready Signal has found her niche in the three starts since switching to the turf, with a win and a near miss in an overnight stakes.

Most recently, Ready Signal set the pace in the Sweet Chant Stakes at Gulfstream before fading to sixth.

“She was really going until she blew a right front shoe coming around the turn,” Tarrant said. “It stopped her. It was painful enough that she wasn’t going to keep going.”

Paco Lopez was named to ride both fillies.

Pletcher also is a player in here with two uncoupled fillies in the body of the race – Schuylerville winner Georgie’s Angel, making her turf debut, and Dancing Solo.

He also entered Lisa T. for the main track only.