10/26/2009 11:00PM

Pace may benefit Sneaky Girl


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - A trio of allowance sprints at six furlongs highlight the first Thursday program of the Aqueduct fall meet.

Seven fillies and mares entered race 8, a $47,000 dash with second-level conditions.

Hold That Prospect and Sneaky Girl, who are in for the optional $50,000 claiming price, are the two members of the group to have won previously on Aqueduct's main track and are likely to vie for favoritism.

Hold That Prospect has won 9 of 22 career starts, including back-to-back victories at Belmont's spring-summer meet soon after being claimed by Gary Gullo. She returns from an 11-week freshening and should be a strong part of the early pace along with Aunt Mabel, a four-time winner this year; and Olde Glamour. The latter also has been freshened after winning or placing in 9 of 11 starts during the first eight months of the year for Hall of Fame trainer Frank Martin.

Sneaky Girl ran once at Belmont's fall meet for David Jacobson and ran second in a starter allowance, posting a new top Beyer Speed Figure of 87 in the 37th start of her career. She is susceptible to slow starts but could get a favorable pace setup and handles any kind of footing.

Two $45,000 first-level allowance events - race 3 for fillies and mares and race 6 for males - attracted seven wagering interests.

Kissa Melissa comes off the four fastest races of her career and is by far the stronger half of a Mitch Friedman-trained entry along with Wicked Beauty in race 3.

Kissa Melissa, a consistent stretch-runner who has been in the money 11 of 12 starts this year, will have to run down Yo Karakorum. The latter makes her second start back from a freshening for Jeff Odintz after setting the pace to deep stretch against 1-2 shot Mother Ruth across town at Belmont.

Liza Too, idle since Valentine's Day when a tough-luck third in the Dearly Precious Stakes at odds-on, returns for Rick Dutrow and picks up Ramon Dominguez, who is fresh off his fifth consecutive meet title in New York.

In race 6, trip handicappers have been waiting for the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Redding Colliery, who was fortunate not to go down after clipping the leader's heels in deep stretch on the Jockey Club Gold Cup undercard.

Other contenders include Great Emperor, Immortal Eyes, and Honest Wildcat.