06/05/2006 12:00AM

Plans unfold for stakes trio

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The three horses who won stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday all came out of their races in good order, according to their respective trainers.

Lost in the Fog, who earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure in winning the Aristides Breeders' Cup, was scheduled to return to Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday and begin pointing toward the July 15 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, said trainer Greg Gilchrist.

Joint Effort, who got a 96 Beyer in winning the , likely will run next in the Aug. 5 Test Stakes at Saratoga, said trainer Dale Romans. Joint Effort has 4 wins and 3 seconds from 7 starts at Churchill.

"She's improving," said Romans. "We'll have to try her somewhere else before we say she can only win at Churchill."

Rush Bay, winner of the Opening Verse Handicap over favored Purim, will probably pass the one-mile Firecracker Handicap on July 1 at Churchill, but may have an interim prep toward a major race such as the Aug. 12 Arlington Million, said trainer Tom Amoss. Rush Bay earned a career-high 102 Beyer in the Opening Verse.

Meanwhile, trainer Eddie Kenneally said he was very pleased with Kelly's Landing, the defending Aristides champion, who was second to Lost in the Fog on Saturday. Kelly's Landing, who earned a 108 Beyer, has the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Sprint as a long-range goal, said Kenneally.

Summerly works slow half-mile

Summerly, the 2005 Kentucky Oaks winner, had her first breeze in six weeks when she went a very easy half-mile Monday morning at Churchill. Over a fast track, Summerly was timed in 53 seconds, the slowest of 41 works at the distance.

The work was the filly's first since April 24. Summerly, trained by Steve Asmussen, has not raced since last July 23, after which she suffered a splint injury in a workout at Saratoga.

Iowa Oaks next for Maggie Slew

Maggie Slew, the last foal of the great Seattle Slew, could make her next start in the June 30 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows after posting another sharp victory, said trainer David Vance. Maggie Slew was a 2 3/4-length winner of a six-furlong allowance race last Thursday.

"She's really developed, and she's getting where she's supposed to mentally," said Vance.

Maggie Slew lost five of her first six races before coming to hand with back-to-back victories at the Churchill spring meet. Bred in Indiana by her owners, the Swifty Farm of Don and Dana Myers, she was the last of 1,067 foals by Seattle Slew, who died on May 7, 2002.

Just following orders

Churchill race-caller Luke Kruytbosch, who uses "set down for the drive" as one of his trademarks, said his call was taken seriously by a young girl last week.

"A guy told me he was watching a race with his daughter, when all of a sudden she sat down when the horses came into the stretch," said Kruytbosch. "The guy said to her, 'What's wrong, honey?' And she says, 'Didn't you hear the announcer? He said, 'Sit down for the drive.' "

* Sky High Flyer, who figured as the favorite in the allowance feature here Sunday, was an early scratch because she now is being pointed to the Mint Julep on the June 17 Stephen Foster undercard, according to Chad Brown, assistant to trainer Bobby Frankel.

* Oonagh Maccool, the likely heavy favorite for the Fleur de Lis Handicap on the Foster undercard, posted a bullet half-mile breeze Monday in 47.40 seconds.

* Romans won two races Friday and the Dogwood on Saturday, giving him 997 wins for his career. Romans, who has had the most starters at the meet by far, has two horses entered on the Wednesday program and could very well hit the 1,000-win milestone before the week is out.