06/07/2007 12:00AM

Silmaril shortens up


After two unsuccessful tries going long, multiple stakes winner Silmaril returns to a six-furlong sprint for the $95,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico.

Although Silmaril is 6 for 12 in races from six to seven furlongs, her trainer, Chris Grove, doesn't have a good record with horses shortening up and returning in 21 days or less, as Silmaril is doing. Grove is 4 for 56 in that statistical category the past five years, including 0 for 1 with Silmaril.

The fresh and dangerous filly looks like Livermore Valley, who was Grade 1-placed as a 3-year-old last season. Trainer Jim Ryerson is 3 for 3 with Livermore Valley when she has returned from a break of 31 to 60 days - which she is doing here - including two stakes wins at Monmouth Park.

Also dangerous is My Girlie, who has been in front at the six-furlong mark in five of her last six starts and beat Silmaril two starts ago in a restricted stakes at 1 1/16 miles.