11/01/2006 12:00AM

Prop Me Up looks formidable


Prop Me Up, third in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth Park earlier this season, holds a distinct class advantage over her rivals in the $65,000 Navajo Princess Stakes at the Meadowlands.

A mile and 70-yard turf stakes, the Navajo Princess drew 14 fillies and mares, including two entered for the main track only, but a maximum of nine will be permitted to start if the race remains on grass.

A 4-year-old trained by Kelly Breen, Prop Me Up has run well in two of her three starts on grass. In addition to finishing a half-length behind winner Ready's Gal in the Matchmaker, Prop Me Up won a second-level allowance. She was eighth following a wide trip in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel at Belmont, but still earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure, which might be good enough to win this race.

Aerocat needs at least two scratches to draw into the main body of the race. In her last start, she wired a group of first-level allowance runners in New York in her turf debut.

Emerald Earrings hasn't raced going long on turf since August 2005, but has been facing good-quality company on the dirt. Last year, she was good enough to finish a close third in the Matchmaker.