11/06/2003 12:00AM

Summer Mis enters Powerless but doesn't scare off competition


STICKNEY, Ill. - Early Wednesday evening trainer Tony Mitchell delivered news his rivals hoped they wouldn't hear: Summer Mis will run in the Powerless Handicap.

Mitchell and owner Richard Otto toyed with the idea of skipping the Powerless and saving Summer Mis for the Grade 2 Top Flight later this month at Aqueduct. A hefty 127-pound weight assignment for Saturday's statebred sprint fueled the notion that Summer Mis would pass.

But even with Summer Mis in, 11 others were entered in the six-furlong race. The Powerless, like the five other statebred stakes on Saturday's card, has a $75,000 purse with up to $25,000 in additional money for horses conceived and foaled in Illinois.

Summer Mis has soundly beaten statebred sprinters again and again, and on Oct. 12 she scored a head victory in the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland. Her record forces Summer Mis to concede as much as 17 pounds to her opponents while racing over a track where she lost her only previous start.

Mitchell believes Summer Mis can produce her best form at Hawthorne, but she has not breezed since the Keeneland race, a taxing effort, and may be vulnerable at a short price.

"I respect [Summer Mis], but my filly is doing good now," said Spanky Broussard, who trains Cashmere Miss, a potential upsetter.

And if Cashmere Miss has a chance, so must She's Fantastic, who beat Cashmere Miss by a half-length in an allowance sprint here Oct. 23. Gracility also has an outside shot, though the stark fact remains - Summer Mis will win again if she runs close to her best, 127 pounds or not.

Rail may hurt Bulldog George

Bulldog George's chances of beating Out of My Way in the six-furlong Lightning Jet took a hit when post positions were drawn for the race. Bulldog George and jockey Eddie Razo must work out a trip from the rail; Out of My Way and Curt Bourque have the 7-hole, an ideal draw.

Both horses are excellent sprinters, talented enough to compete in high-class open races. Out of My Way won the $100,000 Arlington Sprint on Aug. 23 at Arlington and had a dreadful trip when he finished a close fifth last month in the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland. Bulldog George was second Oct. 15 in a fast, high-quality sprint allowance there.

Bulldog George, a 4-year-old, flashed talent last season but has made great progress this year, winning five times in 11 starts.

"It took us two months of schooling him early this year to get him over all his baby stuff," said his trainer, Jimmy Wiser, who is based at Fairmount Park. "He's really much improved. He's learned to eat dirt and relax, and he's been a bear since then."

He will have to be to run down Out of My Way, who will use his strong early speed to secure a perfect position pressing the early pace. Out of My Way has been deadly with such a trip this year, and though he has never won at Hawthorne, Out of My Way has been posting bullet works for this start.

"That's just him," said Andy Hansen, an assistant to trainer Gene Cilio. "He's been training great."

Jaguar Friend needs focus

Jaguar Friend has plenty of speed. What he needs to work on is paying attention. Jaguar Friend led into the shadow of the wire here Sept. 28 in his career debut, but lost his focus and was caught at the finish. Next time, jockey Randy Meier managed to wrangle Jaguar Friend just off the early pace. This time, he did his running from the half-mile pole to the wire and won by almost nine.

That is the kind of trip his connections hope for in the Sun Power Stakes, which is for 2-year-olds at six furlongs and drew a field of 10.

"He's been relaxed when he's training," said Ben Allen, assistant to trainer Bobby Springer. "We think he'd rate behind horses. In fact, we'd prefer that he did."

Jaguar Friend has post 5, and with plenty of pace to his outside, he may well find himself in behind horses for the first time.

Jaguar Friend gives up seasoning to Persuaggle, who may be his chief rival. Persuaggle came apart a bit in deep stretch in his most recent start, but he still beat open entry-level allowance horses over this surface.

Locals vulnerable in Showtime Deb

No statebred 2-year-old filly racing in Chicago has yet distinguished herself this season. So, two ship-ins bear watching Saturday in the Showtime Deb, a six-furlong sprint that drew 14 horses. Gold Facts, Silkyence, and Indian Jewel are coupled as a field bet in the wagering, because Hawthorne's tote board accommodates only 12 betting interests.

From Woodbine comes No Beans, and from Kentucky, Keep This Cat. No Beans won by more than three lengths at first asking and has finished second and third in two subsequent allowance starts, and she races in blinkers for the first time.

Keep This Cat, from the Ronny Werner barn, remains a maiden, but she has missed by only a neck the two times she started and has early speed.

The Illinois-based horses are a hodgepodge bunch, led perhaps by Gowithfate and Lady Riss.

Julie's Prize highweight vs. older

Julie's Prize is a 3-year-old facing older horses, but she still must concede six to 11 pounds when she starts as the 121-pound highweight in the 1 1/16-mile Illini Princess.

The Illini Princess drew just seven horses and is the weakest betting race among Saturday's stakes.

A half-sister to Summer Mis, Julie's Prize has been third or fourth in three straight Grade 3 races, and has won three times in five starts at Hawthorne.