01/24/2008 12:00AM

Mott has three in Krantz


Bill Mott has plenty of horses to run in Saturday's Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap. Whether he has the right horse is a different story.

Mott trains three of the 10 fillies and mares entered in the Marie Krantz, a $60,000 stakes carded for 1 1/16 miles on turf. Emma Carly races as a separate entry, while Praia Da Pipa and Platinee, both owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, are coupled. Mott said Praia Da Pipa is the horse for turf, while Platinee will start if the race is rained onto dirt.

"I have three of them," Mott said, "but I don't know if they're good enough."

Mott is not the only one without a firm line on the Marie Krantz, a race that looks highly competitive on paper. Three of the horses come out of a second-level allowance race from Dec. 27, while six others exit the Dec. 29 Furl Sail Handicap, among them Swingit, who won the Furl Sail by a length over My Three Sisters and Shytoe Lafeet. All three return Saturday, and just maybe the Marie Krantz is as simple as Swingit, right back.

Swingit hadn't raced in the five months before the Furl Sail, and despite a solid 3-year-old campaign in 2007 that had included six stakes races, she scored at 15-1.

"I thought she might need a race," conceded trainer Hal Wiggins. "You're never sure, but I wouldn't have been surprised if she'd gotten a little short on us that day. Apparently, she likes to come back off a layoff."

The question now is whether Swingit's strong comeback race will lead to regression in the Marie Krantz. Wiggins believes not.

"I think actually she'll move forward," he said. "She came back really nice from the race. Of course, we're watching the weather and hoping it stays on turf. Depending on the track condition, she'd be 50-50 to run if it came off."

My Three Sisters seems to run her race every time, but may not be quite good enough. Shytoe Lafeet, on the other hand, was back from a freshening when she finished third in the Furl Sail, and could improve enough Saturday to give Swingit a serious challenge.

Praia Da Pipa won a third-level allowance race for Mott on Jan. 5, and as a tactical speed horse, she should get first run on closers like the top three from the Furl Sail. If the race is rained onto dirt - a serious possibility - Platinee may wind up being favored, with Autobahn Girl another main-track contender.