06/30/2005 12:00AM

Rhudy a reunion of sorts


The group of 3-year-old fillies scheduled to gather at Delaware Park for Saturday's $75,000 Denise Rhudy Memorial Stakes need no introductions. Seven of the nine have already faced each other at least once in stakes competition this season.

Based on head-to-head results in New York, Maryland, and Florida, the fillies My Typhoon and Dynamite Lass are the most formidable threats in the Rhudy, scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.

, based in New York with trainer Bill Mott, won the Hilltop at Pimlico off a long layoff, defeating two of the fillies she will face in the Rhudy, Rutledge Ballado and Dynamist, who are from Michael Dickinson's barn and will race uncoupled.

My Typhoon returned to set a fast pace before fading to third in the Grade 3 Sands Point at Belmont, but still finished three lengths ahead of .

Dynamite Lass also trains in New York, under Kiaran McLaughlin's care. She did her best running in Florida last winter, finishing second in three consecutive stakes. Dynamite Lass's most impressive performance may have been her runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride, in which she beat yet another Rhudy contestant, Grat, and Dynamist.

Three other fillies exit an overnight stakes at Delaware, a race won in wire-to-wire fashion by the Todd Pletcher-trained More for Me. Rutledge Ballado rallied mildly to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind More for Me and two lengths in front of Sidneys Angel Face.

and Toll Taker, the only two fillies who have not met anyone else in the Rhudy field, both appear to be entered in the hope the race gets moved to the main track. Toll Taker capitalized on just such a situation in her most recent start to win the Boiling Springs at Monmouth, a race that was reduced to three starters when it came off the turf.

Colonial: Hard to get past With Patience

With Patience, competitive against far tougher runners in New York and Canada, owns a substantial class edge over the eight fillies and mares she faces in the $60,000 Brookmeade at Colonial Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Brookmeade is restricted to Virginia-breds.

Although winless in three starts this season, the 6-year-old With Patience has put up solid Beyer Speed Figures of 94 and 92 in her last two starts, finishing second in the Voodoo Dancer at Belmont and the Grade 2 Nassau at Woodbine.

A six-time winner on grass with earnings of $322,114, With Patience is 2 for 3 at Colonial, including a win the last time she faced Virginia-breds in June 2004.

Old Fashion Girl, a 4-year-old trained by Graham Motion, is With Patience's chief challenger. Old Fashion Girl will be making her first start since late May after finishing second in her last two starts, against third-level allowance rivals at Keeneland and optional claiming company at Pimlico.

Everybottiwins is 5 for 12 at the Brookmeade distance and has competitive Beyer Figures, but she has raced almost exclusively against claimers in New York and Florida for the past year.

Maidintheshade is 2 for 2 over the Colonial turf, both in sprints. She sheds blinkers for the third start of her form cycle and only her second try beyond 5 1/2 furlongs on grass. Her high Tomlinson rating of 383 indicates Maidintheshade should be able to handle the extra distance.