05/10/2008 12:00AM

Phantom Income facing much softer in Trevose


Phantom Income wasn't nearly good enough to compete with the caliber of horses she faced in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, or even the Sunshine Millions Oaks at Gulfstream Park.

She might, however, have enough talent to handle the five other 3-year-old fillies she meets in Tuesday's $75,000 Trevose Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

The 6 1/2-furlong Trevose serves as the local prep for the $200,000 Jostle, contested at the same distance, on June 14.

Although she was soundly beaten in three graded stakes and the Sunshine Millions Oaks, Phantom Income ran well when dropped down to second-level allowance competition in her most recent start. Racing for the first time in almost three months, Phantom Income flashed good speed and finished second while earning a career-best 86 Beyer Speed Figure.

Her New York-based trainer, Rick Violette, is 4 for his last 11 shipping into Philly Park, including 3 for 5 this season.

Recent maiden winner Yankee Victoria may be Phantom Income's toughest rival. Trainer Tony Dutrow is very successful with female sprinters facing winners for the first time, going 6 for 14 (43 percent) the past three years.

Dulce Realidad and Rising Glory both come off dominating victories locally.

Dulce Realidad went wire to wire to clear her first allowance condition on April 27, a performance that flattered Rising Glory. When the two fillies met on April 6, Rising Glory defeated runner-up Dulce Realidad by 7 1/2 lengths.

Although both fillies look good on paper, trainer stats indicate they may be vulnerable now. Dulce Realidad's trainer, Richard Vega, is 0 for 9 with female sprinters returning from a win in less than 20 days. John Servis, who trains Rising Glory, is 1 for 20 with filly and mare sprinters who won their last start and were then given a brief freshening.