12/27/2006 12:00AM

Stormy Amber looks to get back on track


Stormy Amber, who had a three-race win streak snapped in her last start, looks set to return to her winning ways in the Prime Rewards, one of two $40,000 stakes at a mile to be run Friday at Delta Downs. The Prime Rewards (race 8) is for fillies and mares who have not won a stakes, and the Lookout (race 6) is for 3-year-olds and up with the same restriction.

Stormy Amber's streak consists of three allowance wins - one at Arlington and two at Mountaineer - with the smallest margin of victory 3o1/2 lengths. But her last race, a second-place finish in a Nov. 2 Churchill Downs optional claimer, might have been her best. She dueled for the lead in the mile race through fast fractions and finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Josefina's Pride, who sat a perfect trip off the embattled leaders. Stormy Amber was four lengths ahead of the third-place finisher.

There are two hurdles Stormy Amber must overcome in the Prime Rewards. With several speed horses in the field of 10, she must relax early - something she failed to do last time but has done in the past. And, she must run off a layoff of almost two months. Trainer Tom Amoss, who had a 4-0-3 record with his first seven starters this meet, has drilled Stormy Amber every seven or eight days since mid-November, so she should be ready.

If Stormy Amber is not at her best, then the most likely beneficiaries are Sun Spun, who comes off an 11 1/2-length score in a Delta optional claimer, or the closers Golden Demand and Doeny Ghost.

In the Lookout, Mean Butterbean has the look of a short-priced favorite off a head loss in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 9 at Fair Grounds. He will have to catch Blue Sunday, who tired to fifth in an optional claiming sprint last month at Delta in in his first race in eight months and first outside of New York.