08/02/2006 11:00PM

The streaking Private Indeed steps up


Private Indeed, unbeaten in three starts since going to Tony Dutrow's barn and switching to turf sprints, will try to extend her winning streak when she steps up in class for the $54,000 Slavic Light Stakes on Saturday at Delaware Park.

The five-furlong grass race drew 14 fillies and mares, but only nine will be permitted to start.

A 5-year-old mare, Private Indeed was 2 for 24 on dirt until she won a nonwinners-of-three claiming race last March at Laurel Park. She led for the first seven furlongs of a one-mile grass race in her next start, then was transferred to Dutrow's barn by owner Michael Dubb. Dutrow shortened her up to a turf sprint and she responded by winning three in a row at Pimlico, Belmont, and Delaware.

Private Indeed will be making her first start in a stakes after topping a field that included third-level allowance horses and $35,000 claimers last time out.

The three prime threats to Private Indeed are the 3-year-old Saoirse Cat, Kiss Me Katie, and Wild Berry.

Saoirse Cat, trained by Bill Mott, most recently defeated a group of second-level allowance runners that contained older horses over the local course.

Kiss Me Katie and Wild Berry finished within a length of each other as the third- and fourth-place finishers in the $75,000 The Very One at Pimlico in mid-May and were heads apart in a five-furlong allowance sprint at Atlantic City two weeks prior to that.

Kiss Me Katie is a five-time winner in turf sprints, but is only 1 for 11 the past two seasons. Wild Berry's last win came against second-level allowance sprinters at Laurel last fall.

Colonial: Crafty Schemer one to beat

The 7-year-old sprinter Crafty Schemer, coming off a career-best 107 Beyer Speed Figure winning the Claiming Crown Rapid Transit, will attempt to retain his sharp form in the $60,000 Chesapeake Stakes at Colonial Downs.

Four of the rivals Crafty Schemer faces in the six-furlong dirt stakes - Celtic Innis, Forest Park, Dale's Prospect, and City Weekend - finished behind him in different races since last December.

But Celtic Innis also finished 3 1/4 lengths in front of Crafty Schemer the last time they met in the Grade 3 Maryland BC Handicap at Pimlico in May. The 4-year-old Celtic Innis is dangerous if he can replicate either that race or his runner-up performance in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore BC at Monmouth in July 2005.

The field also includes Who's Bluffing, who has recorded Beyers of 99 and 103 winning two of his last three starts; City Weekend, who comes off a career-best 105 Beyer for a win over optional claimers at Delaware; and the 8-year-old Confucius Say, who returns to dirt, on which he is 13 for 23, after a failed experiment going long on turf last time out.