07/02/2011 1:45PM

Presque Isle Downs: Embur's Song goes for three in a row in Windward Stakes


Embur’s Song looks to have found a perfect distance on her favorite type of surface when she faces 11 other older fillies and mares in the $100,000 Windward over the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs on Tuesday evening.

A 4-year-old Unbridled’s Song filly trained by Todd Pletcher, Embur’s Song will be looking for her third consecutive win. She led from start to finish two starts ago to win the Grade 3 Doubledogdare at Keeneland on April 22 by a neck going 1 1/16 miles. In her most recent out May 14, she came from just off the pace to win the Grade  3 Hendrie at Woodbine going 6 1/2 furlongs. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101 in that effort, the highest of any of the 12 starters in Monday’s race.

The one-mile of the Windward would appear to be the perfect distance for Embur’s Song, and she has won all four of her starts over synthetic surfaces. Her versatile style should work well in a race without an abundance of early speed. Embur’s Song signaled her readiness with a best-of-37 work at Saratoga over the Oklahoma training track June 16.

Patrick Husbands will be in from Woodbine to ride.

Silver Prism has won four in a row and will look to make it five for trainer Jamie Ness. The 4-year-old Silver Prism wrapped up her 2010 campaign with a win at Penn National in an optional claiming turf event. She is 3 for 3 this season, winning a pair of one-mile turf events at Tampa and then a starter allowance in her last out locally by three lengths going a mile and 70 yards. Silver Prism will get a big break in the weights and will receive as much as 11 pounds from her rivals.

Huber Villa Gomez retains the mount.

Taptam will be turning back in distance in her third out after a layoff for trainer Brett Calhoun. All four of the 6-year-old mare’s races this season have been at 1 1/16 miles, with her best finish being a win in the $100,000 Star of Texas on Jan.  22 at Sam Houston.

In her most recent out May 28, Taptam finished second, beaten a nose, in the $60,000 Wild Rose at Prairie Meadows. In her only local and synthetic effort, she finished fourth last Sept. 22 in the $100,000 HBPA going a mile and 70 yards.

Willie Martinez will ride for the first time.