09/06/2006 11:00PM

Seaway Stakes preview


Woodbine - Race 8
Seaway Stakes (Grade 3)
6 1/2 Furlongs (Polytrack)
3-year-olds and upward
Purse $150,000

Quite a Ruckus received an important confidence-builder last time out at Mountaineer Park, and has performed admirably over Polytrack in the past. The winner of the 2004 My Dear Stakes at Woodbine in her career debut, Quite a Ruckus placed in three stakes races at Turfway Park in 2005, and has the tactical speed to sit a good stalking trip off the early leaders. At 12-1 on the track's morning line, she's worth a play.

Maryfield and Hide and Chic may be the horses to beat. The former was nosed in the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap two starts back at Hollywood Park, and has tackled better fillies and mares for much of 2006. She finished fifth in last year's Seaway, but looms the main speed from the inside for the powerful Doug O' Neill stables. Hide and Chic pulled off a 48-1 shocker in the Grade 3 Royal North on grass last time out, but is a stakes-winner on conventional dirt, and earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup last year at Calder. She has good tactical speed, and should be running late.

High Button Shoes was overmatched in the Grade 1 Ballerina after breaking from a difficult inside post at Saratoga, but gets some class relief here, and should go better in her second start off the bench. She draws outside, and may sit a nice stalking trip while clear of trouble.

Miss Concerto regressed last time after earning career-high Beyers in her previous three starts. She turns back to a comfortable distance, and should appreciate a hot pace to attack.

1. Quite a Ruckus
2. Maryfield
3. Hide and Chic