01/04/2010 12:00AM

Quick pace may hamper Miss Blue Tye Dye

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Considering that she has finished at least second in 20 of 34 lifetime starts, Miss Blue Tye Dye is about as consistent a mare as they come. Strangely, however, two of her last three outings have been terrible.

Perhaps it is merely that Miss Blue Tye Dye is no longer best suited to sprints, because both of her bad races came in one-turn stakes. In between the pair of flops, which she lost by a combined margin of more than 26 lengths, she led wire to wire in a restricted stakes going 1 1/16 miles.

Miss Blue Tye Dye returns to a route for Monday's $75,000 Sleigh Ride Stakes at Philadelphia Park, a mile-and-70-yard race she won in December 2008.

In her last four route races, all in stakes company, Miss Blue Tye Dye hasn't been worse than third.

Miss Blue Tye Dye may be susceptible to getting burned out in a hot early pace, however, thanks to the presence of two other sharp front-runners, All Night Labor and Poovey. A 6-year-old mare, Miss Blue Tye Dye is trained by Butch Reid.

All Night Labor, based locally with trainer Randy Nunley, scored a front-running win in the George Rosenberger Memorial at Delaware Park in her best performance during an eight-race campaign in 2009. She has been off since dueling up front and fading in the HBPA Jefferson County at Charles Town in mid-October.

Poovey, who has won 9 of 15 starts the past two seasons, all for trainer Bruce Levine, is stepping up in class after back-to-back wins against high-priced optional claimers at the Meadowlands in October and November.

A hot pace could benefit Our Khrysty, a Todd Beattie-trained Penn National-based 4-year-old filly. Making the second two-turn start of her 10-race career last time out, Our Khrysty closed from far back to finish second in the Honey Bee at the Meadowlands.

The other off-the-pace possibility is My Main Starr, a six-time winner who ships in from Maryland for high-percentage trainer Gary Capuano. Although she has been beaten twice by Monday contender All Night Labor, in one of those races she was only a head behind that rival.