06/01/2006 11:00PM

Spot stakes previews for June 3


Woodbine - Race 6
Nassau Stakes
1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and upward. Purse $300,000.

Naissance Royale should be tough to beat in the Nassau at Woodbine. The daughter of Giant's Causeway will make the important third start of the form cycle on Saturday, and she galloped out well after finishing second in the Grade 3 Beaugay Handicap at Aqueduct last time out. She sat a nice ground-saving pocket trip in the Beaugay, but was stymied by the slow fractions set by gate-to-wire winner Pommes Frites. Naissance Royale is the only filly in the race to have registered a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure in her career - she's done it twice - and she should sit a nice trip up close to the expected moderate pace.
Kabul is a horse for the course, and she may be worth a play at 10-1 odds or better. Throw out her last few races on the dirt, and Kabul's form looks interesting. She was a troubled third in her most recent turf start, and should be sharp coming out of sprint races.
Invitational has the look of an up-and-coming filly. The lightly-raced daughter of Peaks and Valleys has won her last two races in convincing fashion, but hasn't raced since October, and will get a major class test in the Nassau.
Ambitous Cat likes this course and boasts strong company lines while California invader Hallowed Dream is riding a four-race winning streak.

1. Naissance Royale
2. Kabul
3. Invitational

Delaware - Race 8
John W. Rooney Memorial Stakes
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
Fillies and mares. 3-year-olds and upward.
Purse $100,000.

Film Maker is the class of the field, and looms the most likely winner, but she hasn't raced this year, and may be a bit short off the layoff. She won't offer any value so it may pay to try and beat her. Humoristic ran a game race in defeat in the Grade 3 Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico last time out, and will make her third start off the layoff with improving Beyer Speed Figures on display. She broke from a tough outside post position in the Gallorette, and jockey Ramon Dominguez had to hustle her to avoid being forced extremely wide going into the first turn. She pressed the solid fractions set by a longshot pacesetter, and dug in very gamely to just get headed by a perfect-trip winner. Humoristic has good tactical speed, and should be close to a slow pace on Saturday. She should be prominent when they turn for home, and her good form cannot be denied.
Film Maker beat Humoristic in the 2005 Gallorette, and has a history of running well fresh. She ran a troubled third in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Belmont, and her Beyers tower over the field. She may have to rally into slow fractions on Saturday, however, and the low price isn't appealing.
Joyful Chaos should offer value starting for turf guru Christophe Clement. She was narrowly beaten in her last start at Belmont, but figures to be stronger with that race - her first since March - under her belt. She has some tactical speed, and may benefit from the expected moderate fractions.
Multiple Grade 1 winner Amorama has yet to return to her best form of last year, but Bobby Frankel-trained runners are usually dangerous when the big money is on the line. Like Film Maker, she will probably take a good deal of mutuel support.

1. Humoristic
2. Film Maker
3. Joyful Chaos

Belmont - Race 8
Sands Point Stakes
1 1/8 Miles (Inner Turf)
3-year-old fillies.
Purse $100,000.

Although a stakes-winner on dirt, Crystal Current has been a bit of a disappointment when you consider her sterling pedigree. By A.P. Indy out of multiple Grade 1 winner Dream Supreme, Crystal Current's breeding screams class, but she has failed to mount a rally in her last two races. Perhaps the switch to turf will help, and her grass workout on May 28 looks promising. Bill Mott worked two of his runners at 6 furlongs in 1:13.54. Crystal Current was one of them. The other, Silver Whistle, owns a 97 Beyer on the grass. Perhaps they went in company. Crystal Current has enough speed to sit close to the projected moderate pace, and she will make the third start off the layoff in the Sands Point.
Stadore has yet to finish out of the exacta in her career, and she looked good beating older foes at Churchill Downs in her her North American debut. Stadore continues to train well - her May 29 workout matches up with Pat Biancone's 101 turf Beyer runner Provincetown - and she is another with excellent tactical speed. She's a must-use in multi-race wagers.
Zaynab also is a French import that won her North American debut. Trained by Clement, Zaynab showed good acceleration in taking a 'N1X' allowance at Aqueduct on April 30.
Perilous Pursuit has a powerful stretch punch, but she may not get enough pace to adequately setup her kick. Wait a While is a Grade 2 winner on dirt, and she won her only previous start on turf. Trained by Todd Pletcher, she may be sent off at underlaid odds.

1. Crystal Current
2. Stadore
3. Zaynab.