11/25/2008 1:00AM

Siren Lure should get a great setup


NEW YORK - It will be different next week, for sure. But, like last week, Woodbine hosts the richest race on the continent Saturday in the $150,000 Kennedy Road Stakes. On this side of the border, Aqueduct, Hollywood Park, and Churchill Downs all have Grade 3, $100,000 headliners.

The feature at Aqueduct is the Discovery Handicap, while the main event at Hollywood is the Vernon O. Underwood Stakes. The River City Handicap tops a card at Churchill that also includes the Bet on Sunshine Stakes, which marks the return of Euroears, who was on his way to being one of the top sprinters in the country until being derailed by injury.

Sausalito Stakes

Indyanne and High Resolve - 3-year-old fillies who are barn mates - were both entered in this feature at Golden Gate Fields against older males. Both fillies are prolific winners - High Resolve has won 6 of 8 career starts; Indyanne is 5 for 6 - but since both are one-way speed horses, it wouldn't make sense for both to start even if trainer Greg Gilchrist has left all of his options open, including the option that calls for neither starting. But here's hoping at least one of these fillies starts, because it will make this a very interesting race.

From a purely selfish standpoint, I hope Indyanne gets the call to start. She has a higher profile than High Resolve, although either will take a good bit of action in this spot, and I think they're vulnerable. After hitting the road three starts ago, Indyanne romped in the Azalea at Calder Race Course, suffered her only loss in a narrow defeat in Saratoga's Victory Ride Stakes - a defeat many attribute to her poor start - and won the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes last time out at Keeneland. But I think Indyanne, who was going to run in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint until a fever forced her to be scratched the day before that race, should still have won the Victory Ride despite her slow start. After all, she looked so much the best on paper that she was sent off at 2-5. And when she just prevailed in the TCA Stakes over the late-running Wild Gams, she did so on a day when the track at Keeneland was tilted in favor of speed horses.

Regardless of whether it's Indyanne or High Resolve who starts, either is going to have to deal with the extreme speed of Esperamos. I don't envision either filly shaking loose early from Esperamos, or visa versa, unless it is at a severe cost. I believe this race will be won from off the pace, and that Siren Lure is the one to do it.

It has been a while since Siren Lure visited the winner's circle - the last time he won was in the 2006 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar - but the Grade 1 winner gets a great setup here for his late kick, and he figures to be primed for a peak performance third start back off a long layoff. Two very strong recent bullet works over the track since moving back up north also suggest Siren Lure's sitting on a big race.

Radar Love Stakes

This is the main event on the Calder card, and you would think that it would be a good opportunity for me to demonstrate that I've learned my lesson. In last week's feature at Calder, I picked against all three of trainer Marty Wolfson's horses despite the fact that Wolfson was winning with everything he put on the track. Well, Wolfson is still winning with everything, including last week's feature at Calder. Wolfson has "only" two in this race, but I'm going against them. He should send me a thank you note.

Wolfson has entered Golden Spikes and Ikigai. Golden Spikes would be formidable if he runs back to the form that he showed winning two starts on the track over the summer, but his last two efforts were not good. He has been freshened, and has worked well of late, but I'm reluctant to take low odds on a horse hoping for a turnaround. As for Ikigai, he's going for his fourth straight. But Ikigai, who would benefit from the expected scratch of Machismo, is a question at this 6 1/2-furlong distance.

I'm going with Paradise Dancer, who for the first time in 16 months is able to put two starts reasonably close together, which is taken as a good sign. He certainly has a right to improve on his recent comeback, he worked sharply since, and has some back races on this track and others that would crush this group.

Kennedy Road Stakes

You wouldn't expect to find two horses coming out of a Breeders' Cup event going in a race at Woodbine this time of year, but that's just what you have here with Storm Treasure and Rouse the Cat, who both last ran in the Turf Sprint. Storm Treasure, in particular, will attract a great deal of attention considering he rallied from last of 14 to be a close third in the Turf Sprint, and he has decent back synthetic track form. But if ever a race fell apart late, it was the Turf Sprint, which is why Storm Treasure got as close as he did. He will be overbet relative to his actual chances of victory.

Just Rushing is the play. Just Rushing might be 7, but his win in the Labeeb Stakes last time out, his third in the Woodbine Mile three starts back (Woodbine Mile runner-up Ventura came back to romp in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint), and his win in the Play the King Stakes four back were three of the best races he has ever run. He came out of the Labeeb last year to be a solid third in this race, showing that the surface and distance switch is not beyond him, and he's in much better form now.