07/30/2009 12:00AM

Much in Consequence's favor

Four-Footed Fotos
Consequence will make her first start since winning the American 1000 Guineas at Arlington on May 23 in Friday's Lake George Stakes.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Her previous success on Saratoga turf, the ability to handle yielding ground, and a running style that suggests she will be into the race early seemingly give Consequence a slight edge in a competitive renewal of Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The Lake George, at 1 1/16 miles over Saratoga's inner turf course, is the featured event on a nine-race card that begins at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, one of two twilight Friday programs at this meet. The other is Sept. 4. Thunderstorms that were forecast for Wednesday and Thursday could leave the turf less than firm come Friday.

The Lake George lacks a standout and also lacks pace. Consequence, who won her debut going 5 1/2 furlongs over Saratoga's outer turf last summer, enters the race off a solid win in the American 1000 Guineas at Arlington in May, a race in which she wore blinkers for the first time at the suggestion of jockey John Velazquez.

"I like her in the blinkers. They put her in the race a little better and she's a little easier for him to handle," said Shug McGaughey, who trains Consequence for the Phipps Stable.

Though Consequence hasn't run since that May 23 race, McGaughey said that was by design.

Another filly that has shown the ability to adjust to pace scenario is Keertana, a winner of three consecutive races, including the Grade 2 Regret at Churchill Downs and the listed Indiana Distaff at Indiana Downs. The Regret win came over a course labeled good.

"Can a horse coming from Indiana Downs win at Saratoga?," quipped Tom Proctor, the trainer of Keertana. "The race was as tough as the Regret. I think she'd have to be one of the choices [Friday]. I'm running her a little quicker than I usually do, but she's doing good."

While Keertana comes from Indiana Downs, Mary's Follies comes by way of Monmouth Park, where she won the Grade 3 Boiling Springs Handicap by one-half length over Kiawah Cat, who is also in this field.

Following the Boiling Springs, Mary's Follies was sold to Paul Pompa Jr. and turned over to Richard Dutrow Jr., who will be running her for the first time in this spot.

"It looks like she's a handy filly. I watched her run on tape,'' Dutrow said. "She's won sprinting, she's won two turns on the grass. I can't imagine the pace will get her beat.''

Strike the Bell, The Best Day Ever, Kiawah Cat, and Lady Shakespeare all could contend on their best.