12/15/2009 12:00AM

Souper Miss revisits the dirt


STICKNEY, Ill. - No, it wasn't in a dream that you saw the past performances for Wednesday's featured eighth race at Hawthorne. The same 10 horses were entered in one of the races on the Dec. 10 card that was lost to winter weather. Exactly the same group of fillies and mares, but with different post positions, was entered in this route for second-level optional $30,000 claimers.

Not only did Hawthorne lose two cards last week, training was canceled Tuesday through Friday mornings, as well. But as far as trainer Mickey Goldfine is concerned, that was no great matter.

"Not at this time of year, it isn't," said Goldfine, who has major contender Souper Miss for the Wednesday feature. Souper Miss "handled all that really well," Goldfine said.

"She has some quirks," Goldfine said. "She wants to be feisty in her stall, but she was fine."

Souper Miss had a fine summer at Arlington, winning a pair of Illinois-bred allowance races after being switched from Polytrack to turf and stretched out from sprints to route racing. Souper Miss ran at least as well on Oct. 29 at Hawthorne as she had at Arlington, winning at this same class level by more than six lengths in a race rained from turf onto dirt.

"It didn't take me by surprise," Goldfine said of Souper Miss's successful dirt debut. "She'd worked well on it, and I was just hoping she'd run on it. I'm not so sure she doesn't like the dirt as much as the grass. I think she's a nice filly, just getting herself together now."

Lakeaway could be favored, since she exits a closing second-place finish in the statebred-restricted Illini Princess Stakes here Oct. 31. Lakeaway, from the barn of trainer Chris Block, rallies from off the pace and nearly won the Illini Princess despite glacial fractions early in the race. Swiftbrookbdancing is the likely early leader, but there are enough pressers to ensure at least an honest pace.

* Jockey jose Ferrer, thrown when his mount, Derelicte, broke down at the five-sixteenths pole, escaped serious injury in Sunday's seventh race at Hawthorne, his agent, Kenny Danna, said Monday. Ferrer is expected to resume riding again Wednesday, according to Dana.