05/24/2007 11:00PM

Somethinaboutbetty needs rebound


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Somethinaboutbetty looks to regroup Sunday in the $60,000 Politely Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf at Monmouth Park.

There was nothing pretty about her last race, the Hollywood Wildcat Breeders' Cup Handicap at Calder on April 28. The 4-year-old Somethinaboutbetty was well positioned, sitting second, before fading to fifth in the lane.

"She is training well, but she was training well going into the last race," said Anthony Sciametta, trainer Todd Pletcher's assistant at Monmouth. "They just gobbled her up the last part of the race. I thought she would run a little better. They got to her, and there really was no excuse. Hopefully, she rebounds."

Somethinaboutbetty, owned in part by the University of Louisville's basketball coach, Rick Pitino, consistently runs Beyer Speed Figures that are among the best in the field for this one-mile race. She has posted a 90 or better Beyer Figure in six of her last nine races, including a 90 last time out.

The widely traveled filly wintered in California and Louisiana and will make her Monmouth debut with Chris DeCarlo, Pletcher's first-call rider at Monmouth, aboard.

In contrast, Wild Chick is a Monmouth regular for locally based trainer Ben Perkins Jr. Wild Chick has been effective at this distance on the grass with a record of 2-1-0 in 5 starts.

Joe Bravo, an outstanding grass rider and the perennial leader here, will try to negotiate a trip from the outside slot, post 11.

"It's a tough post, but she's been training good," Perkins said.

Wild Chick will be making her 2007 debut after several failed attempts to get her a race in Florida.

"We couldn't get in an allowance race, and we didn't want to run her in a graded stakes," Perkins said.

The Politely will be the first stakes test for Royalties, a 4-year-old who has won three in a row in Maryland. She is trained by John R.S. Fisher.

In the $60,000 Open Mind Handicap for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares, Our Fantene, a 3-year-old, will face older rivals for the first time.

The six-furlong Open Mind will be the season debut for Our Fantene, who won all three of her races in New Jersey last year. Her victories included a pair of stakes: the Sorority at Monmouth against open company and the New Jersey Futurity at the Meadowlands for statebreds.