06/13/2005 11:00PM

Stretch-out sprinters dangerous


ELMONT, N.Y. - The results of the Belmont Stakes notwithstanding, the main track at Belmont Park was particularly kind to horses with early speed all through last week. If that trend continues, it could bode well for two of the contenders in Thursday's featured eighth race, a second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles that attracted a field of five 4-year-old fillies.

, drawn on the rail with Javier Castellano, and Wave Her Home, who breaks from the outside under leading apprentice Channing Hill, are each stretching out from races at seven furlongs, and they figure to dispute the early issue while chased by Swinging, Silent Siren, and Taygete.

Tango for Tips has not been out in nearly seven weeks since pressing the pace four wide in the mud at Keeneland, but she has won twice at Thursday's distance off layoffs - a maiden win at Gulfstream in her first start of 2004 and an entry-level allowance at Keeneland in her first start this year.

Wave Her Home is unbeaten after two starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. She posted a come-again debut win going 5 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream in March, and a month later won her first-level allowance condition at the "about" distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet at Keeneland.

John Velazquez rode Wave Her Home last out, but Thursday he will be aboard Swinging, who was a 10-length maiden winner at this distance here last June for trainer Shug McGaughey.

is hard to gauge after finishing fourth, beaten a dozen lengths, in her only start this season back in late April at Aqueduct.

and Taygete finished a length apart when second and third, respectively, under these conditions earlier at the meet.

In the sixth race, a preliminary allowance at 6 1/2 furlongs, the promising 3-year-old White Socks breaks from the rail in a field of seven.

White Socks drew away to a front-running win when dismissed at nearly 19-1 for his debut at Gulfstream back in February. His only subsequent start for trainer Jimmy Jerkens was a runner-up finish from off the pace in Aqueduct's Bay Shore Stakes, won by the unbeaten Lost in the Fog.

White Socks may have to catch Lively Up Yourself, who has had the early lead in all three of his starts since adding blinkers, and will also have to outfinish Executive Choice, who made up eight lengths and finished second in his first local start for trainer Bruce Levine.