08/03/2005 11:00PM

Sense of Style nearing peak for Test


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Sense of Style, undefeated at Saratoga, returns to the scene of her most impressive win when she runs in Saturday's Grade 1 Test.

After winning her career debut here last year, Sense of Style came back 19 days later to win the Grade 1 Spinaway by 6 3/4 lengths. She followed with another Grade 1 win in the Matron, and then lost two starts to close out her 2-year-old season.

returned to the races this year following surgery to remove an ankle chip. Sense of Style, who is coupled in the wagering with Maddalena, seeks her first win since the Matron when she faces nine other 3-year-old fillies in the $250,000 Test.

In Sense of Style's first start off the layoff, she ran in a two-turn stakes at Monmouth and finished second, beaten a nose. In her second start, Sense of Style finished third in the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont.

Trainer Patrick Biancone said the Prioress has prepared Sense of Style for a good effort in the Test which, like the Spinaway, is run at seven furlongs.

"She will improve off her last race," Biancone said. "That was a proper prep."

Edgar Prado rides Sense of Style from post 7.

, the half-length winner of the Prioress, figures to make her customary late move under Diane Nelson.

"I hope there is plenty of pace," Acey Deucey's trainer, John Morrison, said.

set the pace before Acey Deucey ran her down in the final yards in the Prioress, and she finished second. Trainer Todd Pletcher said Maddalena will be close to the front again.

"She's at her best on the pace," he said.

, coming off back-to-back wins at Churchill for trainer Ronny Werner, also figures to be prominent in the early going.

A fast pace would suit In the Gold, a come-from-behind sprinter who won the seven-furlong Beaumont at Keeneland in April. In the Gold is trained by Nick Zito and is coupled in the wagering with Hide and Chic. Hide and Chic makes her first start for Zito after several good efforts in six-furlong races at Calder. The Test is Hide and Chic's first start at seven furlongs.

Leave Me Alone is a familiar foe for Hide and Chic. After engaging in a duel with Hide and Chic, Leave Me Alone won the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup by a nose over her at Calder on July 10.

Aspen Tree, Lady Pegasus, and Pommes Frites complete the field.