07/23/2008 11:00PM

My Princess Jess invades the Spa


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - With victories already at Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park, and Monmouth Park, My Princess Jess will seek to plant her flag on another plot of land when she goes for her third consecutive stakes victory on Friday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Lake George Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies at Saratoga.

The Lake George is the eighth race on a nine-race twilight card that begins at 2:45 p.m. Eastern at the old Spa.

My Princess Jess has proven remarkably consistent, with 3 wins and 3 seconds in 6 starts. Her last two wins came on firm ground, but she ran well on good and yielding courses the first two starts of her career, factors that could come into play if the wet weather that hit Saratoga on Wednesday continues, as predicted by the National Weather Service.

"She acts like she doesn't care about anything," said Robin Smullen, the assistant to Barclay Tagg, who trains My Princess Jess. "She doesn't care where she sits, either. She ran well on yielding earlier this year, and she's a better filly now than she was then. The only thing I don't think we would do is run her if it came off the turf."

There are six others entered in the Lake George, including Forest Trail, who is entered for the main track only.

Forest Trail's trainer, Shug McGaughey, also entered Receipt, whom he gives a strong chance to pull off an upset. Although Receipt has just 1 win in 6 starts, and will be making her stakes debut, McGaughey believes Receipt would have won her last start on June 20 if not for significant trouble at midstretch in a first-level allowance against fillies and mares.

"She came to a dead stop, had to be pulled out, then came running to finish fourth," McGaughey said. "She's doing really well. I like that she's running against 3-year-old fillies only, instead of older. I know she won't be 2-1, but she deserves a chance, and I think she'll give a good account of herself."

Mousse Au Chocolat is a dangerous import from France. She was second on a yielding course in the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly on June 1, and prior to that was beaten only 2 3/4 lengths by the outstanding filly Zarkava in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte at Longchamp on April 13.

Alwajeeha was fourth in the Grade 2 Sands Point at Belmont Park last time out after winning the Grade 3 Appalachian at Keeneland.