12/30/2004 12:00AM

'Primal' a dangerous invader


Three impressive out-of-towners will try to thwart Seeyoubychance in his bid to win three in a row in Saturday's $50,000 Dancing Count for 3-year-old sprinters at Pimlico.

Seeyoubychance, winner of the H.S. Mitchell on Dec. 4 and an optional claiming sprint two starts ago, figures to have his hands full in the six-furlong Dancing Count against graded stakes winner Primal Storm, Florida shipper Hesa Big Star, and Penn National-based speedster More Smoke.

Of those making their first start in Maryland, Primal Storm has the best credentials. In his second lifetime start, Primal Storm romped by seven lengths in the Grade 3 Flash at Belmont Park.

Primal Storm has been freshened since he failed to display his usual early speed and finished far back in the Grade 3 Sapling at Monmouth Park in late August. Trainer Steve Asmussen has prepped Primal Storm for his comeback with a series of five-furlong works in New York.

Hesa Big Star makes his first start since coming to the barn of Howard Wolfendale. While in Florida, Hesa Big Star flashed good speed before fading late in the Birdonthewire. He comes off a career-best 77 Beyer Speed Figure in a third-place finish in a first-level allowance at Calder.

More Smoke, conditioned by high-percentage trainer John Zimmerman, earned an 88 Beyer when he cruised to a 13-length win in the mud at Mountaineer on Dec. 10. He faced only three rivals in that race, however, and will be facing tougher competition in this spot.

Seeyoubychance, trained by Dale Capuano, is the most experienced runner in the field, with 4 wins in 8 starts. He made his stakes debut off a seven-week layoff in the H.S. Mitchell and responded with a neck victory and a career-best 75 Beyer.

Timely Impulse is being aggressively moved into the stakes ranks by trainer Rodney Jenkins after decisively beating maidens with a 68 Beyer in his career debut at Pimlico.

Monster Chaser was entered but is not expected to run. He was cross-entered in Friday's $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at 1 1/16 miles, and his trainer, Eddie Gaudet, said Monster Chaser will run there.