Updated on 12/03/2010 5:02PM

Music Please up against some fast foes in Squan Song


Music Please has shown a knack for winning tight photos in her first two career starts, but will probably have to run faster than she has so far when she steps up to stakes company for Saturday’s $50,000 Squan Song at Laurel Park.

The seven-furlong Squan Song, restricted to Maryland-bred fillies and mares, drew a field of six.

Among that group, Music Please’s 2-for-2 record going seven furlongs looks good until you examine the Beyer Speed Figures. A 3-year-old trained by Rodney Jenkins, Music Please earned a modest 54 Beyer when she rallied from eighth to get up by a nose in her debut against maidens on Oct. 20. She improved to a 62 when she again came from off the pace to prevail by a head in a first-level allowance on Nov. 12.

But Music Please’s Beyers look on the light side in comparison with those of her two main rivals, Heaven’s Voice and Kincoralyn.

Heaven’s Voice, third when beaten a length in last year’s Squan Song, comes off a win against open company in a two-turn, 6 1/2-furlong race at Charles Town that was worth a 69 Beyer. Two starts ago, Heaven’s Voice set the pace and weakened late, but still got a respectable 73 Beyer for her fifth-place finish in the seven-furlong Maryland Million Distaff Handicap. She owns a 3-for-7 record at Laurel and prepped for this spot with a bullet four-furlong move in 46.20 seconds last Saturday at the Bowie training center, where trainer Chris Grove is based.

“She’s always gives me what she has,” said Grove, who leads all trainers with 51 wins at the major Maryland tracks this year. “She is not a Silmaril or a Sweet Goodbye but she tries and I love that about her. She has always been one of my favorites in the barn because she isn’t big so it would mean a lot to win a stake.

"Last year she was third by a length and grabbed a quarter at the gate and I was surprised how well she did run. Her biggest problem is she doesn’t relax. The distance could be a concern if she doesn’t relax Saturday but we are hoping she relaxes early and comes running.”

The 3-year-old Kincoralyn shows three consecutive Beyers in the narrow range of 70 to 74, including a win last time out in a first-level allowance sprint at Parx Racing and a third going a one-turn mile in the Maryland Million Oaks.

The best last-race Beyer belongs to the 7-year-old mare My Misty’s Echo, who got an 82 for winning a second-level optional $25,000 claimer for her eighth career victory. But she has been off since mid-October and finished 10th of 11 in last year’s Squan Song. Her last good race going longer than six furlongs was a win in a nonwinners-of-three allowance at Charles Town in 2006.

“We gave her time coming out of the last race, trying to avoid the ‘bounce’ factor," said trainre Damon Dilodovico. "She gave us a couple of good works since. She has changed a lot. She’s put on weight and she’s manageable. She was difficult to deal with before.”

Among the others, Little Ice Patch has made 20 of her 37 lifetime starts on turf and is just 1 for 13 on fast dirt tracks. But she did win going 6 1/2 furlongs at Timonium in late August.