Updated on 09/15/2011 1:22PM

Mystic Lady's road show continues

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Mystic Lady is one of the top contenders in Friday's $200,000 Honey Bee at the Meadowlands.

East Rutherford, N.J. - A 3-year-old filly race at this time of the year is much like a college football all-star game.

Some sure-fire, can't-miss prospects show off one last time before heading into lucrative careers in the pros. Others are making last-ditch attempts to impress against their peers.

A compact group of fillies headed by Mystic Lady will put on a similar show in Friday night's Grade 3, $200,000 Honey Bee Handicap at The Meadowlands.

Scouts should be impressed with the way Mystic Lady has danced every dance this year for trainer Mark Hennig. She hasn't stayed at the same racetrack for consecutive races anytime during her 11 starts this year. Mystic Lady won the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 6 in her last start. Prior to that, she dominated the field when the Boiling Springs moved off The Meadowlands turf.

A similar chance to dominate may be in store for this race.

"She's well traveled, that's for sure," said Hennig. "She's doing super and has been getting better with every race she's run this fall."

Her positive performances late in the season had Hennig considering the Breeders' Cup Distaff last Saturday.

"If I'd have known Exogenous was going to scratch and that Flute was going to run such a below par race, yeah, I'd have liked to have been in the Distaff at the quarter pole," said Hennig.

"But hindsight is 20-20 and there was no way we could have seen that. I do know that she's been awfully solid and what she lacks in ability she makes up with desire, and those are the kind of qualities that will make her a very strong 4-year-old, especially once the division thins out a bit and the opportunities become more plentiful."

This opportunity should be a tremendous chance to rack up some cash. Against her is Delaware Oaks winner and Cotillion runner-up Zonk. There are also two allowance-level competitors in Shiny Band for Allan Jerkens and Out of Sync for Nick Zito.

Latour has struggled to return to form she showed winning the Davona Dale at Gulfstream last winter. She did finish second in the Summit Stakes last time.

Heathers Promise returns from a six-month layoff for trainer John Terranova and catches a break getting to stay against 3-year-olds this late in the season. Her biggest race was a third in the Bourbonette at Turfway last March.

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