01/19/2006 12:00AM

Scratch leaves race wide open


Saturday's $85,000 What a Summer Stakes at Laurel Park became much more intriguing Thursday morning when New York-based trainer Mike Hushion revealed he wasn't going to run Great Intentions.

A Grade 2 winner in her last start of 2005, Great Intentions would have been an odds-on favorite against nine other filly and mare sprinters in a race Hushion intended to use as a prep for the Grade 2, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Feb. 18.

Those plans had to be scrapped after Great Intentions sustained a minor injury during training hours Thursday.

"She hit herself working out this morning," Hushion said. "I'm going to scratch her."

As a result, the What a Summer looks wide open.

In the absence of Great Intentions, Baldomera is the classiest horse in the field. A 5-year-old mare based at Philadelphia Park with trainer Lupe Preciado, ran in stakes at five different tracks in 2005. Although her only win in nine starts came in an optional claimer, Baldomera did finish third in the Grade 3 Floral Park Handicap at Belmont.

Preciado said six furlongs may not be an ideal distance for Baldomera.

"It's hard to find a race between six-and-a-half and seven furlongs for her," Preciado said. "She'll come running at the end of a six-furlong race and [often run] out of ground."

would benefit most if thundershowers forecast for Saturday turn the track sloppy.

The last time she ran on a wet track, See Alice romped to an eight-length victory in a first-level allowance at Delaware Park. She also has a history of running well at Laurel, where she has been first or second in 6 of 8 starts.

was consistently posting Beyer Speed Figures in the low- to mid-60's until she was claimed by high-percentage trainer Scott Lake for $25,000 in November. In her first start for Lake on Jan. 8, Flame of Love, 6, beat third-level allowance horses at Philadelphia Park with a career-best 92 Beyer.

"I was very impressed with her first start off the claim," Lake said. "She's really blossomed under our program. We successfully treated her for ulcers, and she's put on some weight. I didn't want to run her back this quickly, but she's doing so well we're giving her a shot."

The mystery horse is Wafter, a 5-year-old mare who went 3 for 6 on dirt and twice placed in Group 3 stakes in Argentina. She will be making her North American debut, but has not started since last May.