08/10/2009 11:00PM

Next step proves difficult task


OCEANPORT, N.J. - The jump from maiden winner to first-level allowance company among New Jersey-bred fillies and mares is a negotiable leap.

The next step, to the second-level, is a tougher climb. That's the challenge Myprincessallyson faces Thursday at Monmouth Park.

A 4-year-old chestnut trained by John Tammaro III, Myprincessallyson faces five rivals in the one-mile race, her fifth career start.

Myprincessallyson posted dominant wins in her last two outings, beating sprinters by 5 1/2 lengths in her initial win. Stretching out for the first time, Myprincessallyson was just as assertive against first-level statebreds, rolling to a 6 1/4-length win.

Now comes the sterner test, one that her five rivals are still trying to negotiate.

Take the case of Yankee Empress, a first-level winner just more than a year ago. She is winless in nine tries since, although she has finished in the money in three of four races this year.

Stretching out for the first time this season on July 26, Yankee Empress turned in one of her best efforts since the win to get third.

"Going long is more her game," trainer and co-owner Chuck Spina said. "She ran a good race. We should be stalking, laying right off the speed. Going long, she gets a chance to relax. She's a little better going long."

Yankee Empress, 2 for 17 in her career, is $1,100 shy of $100,000 in earnings, an attainable goal in this spot.

"A short field for all this money with a New Jersey-bred, you got to consider yourself lucky," Spina said.

Pablo Fragoso will ride.

This time, Myprincessallyson figures to be the speed. Last time this group gathered, Cosmic Dance played the role of pacesetter.

Trained by Jamie Woodington, Cosmic Dance has been knocking on the door with a pair of seconds in her last two races.

Well bet most recently at 3-1, Cosmic Dance broke open the gate before the start, a mishap that might have been the difference in a one-length loss.

Channing Hill has the return call.

Chocolate Blush and C'Est Valliere were first-level winners two starts back. Both hit the wall in their first crack at this level.

Chocolate Blush, going long for the first time, followed her maiden win with a first-level victory. Stepping up, she ran fifth. She will add Lasix.

C'Est Valliere followed her first-level win with a fourth-place finish behind Cosmic Dance and Yankee Empress.