03/21/2008 11:00PM

S W Aly'svalentine faces toughies


S W Aly'svalentine has reigned as the queen of Pennsylvania-bred female sprinters for the past two years, winning five restricted stakes at her home track of Penn National and Philadelphia Park.

Still sharp at age 6, S W Aly'svalentine will challenge open company as the 122-pound highweight in Tuesday's $75,000 Langhorne Stakes at Philly Park.

The 6 1/2-furlong sprint drew a field of seven fillies and mares, five of whom won last time out.

Although S W Aly'svalentine has had most of her success against statebreds, she has done well on several occasions when trainer John Randolph has run her in open company. Last fall, she was third, beaten only a length with a career-best 94 Beyer Speed Figure, in the $260,000 My Juliet. One of the horses who finished in front of her, Miraculous Miss, went on to finish second in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and third against males in the Grade 1 Frank De Francis Memorial Dash.

S W Aly'svalentine has been solid in both her starts this season, just missing as the 4-5 favorite in the Foxy J G locally and cruising to a four-length win in a money allowance at Penn National three weeks ago. Her recent Beyers of 80 and 79, however, hint she may have lost a step or two since last season.

Several others in the Langhorne have good enough credentials to defeat S W Aly'svalentine.

You Asked, second in the Grade 3 Old Hat at Gulfstream Park in February 2007, is 2 for 2 at Philly Park, including a decisive score a month ago against high-priced optional claimers.

Devil House, winner of the $50,000 Dixie Belle at Oaklawn Park in January 2007, returned from a 5 1/2-month layoff and led wire to wire in an overnight stakes over Aqueduct's inner track on Jan. 24 while making her first start for trainer Bruce Levine. She ran in a similar overnight sprint stakes three weeks ago, but got used up in a duel and faded badly. The winner, Rite Moment, ran a huge race and earned a 99 Beyer.

Devil House may come under early pace pressure again in the Langhorne, thanks to the presence of Circuit Breaker, who most recently dominated third-level allowance rivals locally.

Jet Away Jane has twice as many runner-up finishes (10) as wins (5), but she beat S W Alys'valentine by a neck last time out and was second behind her in last spring's Pistol Packer Handicap going six furlongs.