11/06/2008 1:00AM

My Princess Jess in it to win


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Churchill Downs will forever hold a soft spot in Barclay Tagg's heart, which is what winning the Kentucky Derby will do to a horse trainer. Still, whenever Tagg returns to the site of Funny Cide's 2003 Derby upset, he does so not to reminisce.

No, Tagg comes here from New York to win more races. He did just that last fall when he sent out Bit of Whimsy to capture the Mrs. Revere Stakes on the Churchill turf course, and he'll be back Saturday with an identical goal when saddling My Princess Jess for the 18th running of the Grade 2, $175,000 Mrs. Revere on the turf.

Unlike Bit of Whimsy, who entered the 1o1/16-mile Mrs. Revere off a victory in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, My Princess Jess comes in off a third in the QE II at Keeneland.

"We thought maybe we could come back there and win it again," said Tagg. "This filly didn't run too badly" in the QE II. "I didn't see any sense in not running. It's the last shot to run against straight 3-year-old fillies on the turf, at least for a Grade 2 and a nice purse."

My Princess Jess, with Eibar Coa to ride, is scheduled to break from the far outside post in a field of 11 3-year-old fillies - just as she did in the QE II, when she finished 1 1/2 lengths behind the victorious Alwajeeha.

"I think the outside post probably cost us some at Keeneland," said Tagg. Drawing the outside again "is kind of irritating," he said, adding with a laugh: "Maybe it's a Kentucky thing they do to us foreigners."

My Princess Jess figures to vie for favoritism with Acoma, an Empire Maker filly who captured her turf debut in the Grade 3 Valley View Stakes last month at Keeneland. Beyond those two, smatterings of support figure to go to Raw Silk, the likely front-runner shipping in from New York for Tom Albertrani; Seemingly, a sharp recent allowance winner at Keeneland for trainer Ian Wilkes; and Scolara, fourth in the Valley View off a layoff of nearly five months.

The Mrs. Revere, named for a top filly trained by Bill Mott in the 1980s, is the ninth of 10 races on a Saturday card that also includes three allowances (races 4, 7, and 8). First post is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.