11/10/2003 1:00AM

Summer Mis finished for the year


CHICAGO - If Summer Mis is named Illinois horse of the year it will be on the merits of what she already has accomplished this season, since Summer Mis is headed to South Carolina for the winter and won't race until next year, according to her trainer, Tony Mitchell.

Mitchell said Sunday that Summer Mis was passing the Grade 2 Top Flight later this month at Aqueduct. Mitchell and owner Richard Otto originally had planned to send Summer Mis to the Top Flight, and even considered bypassing Saturday's Powerless Handicap in favor of it. But Summer Mis showed up for the Powerless, scoring her fifth consecutive victory and cementing her position as the best statebred filly in training.

Summer Mis won the Powerless by 2 3/4 lengths and set a stakes record of 1:10.48 for six furlongs despite carrying 127 pounds.

"She was tired," Mitchell said. "The weight really took it out of her. She's done enough for this year."

Summer Mis's 3-year-old half-sister, Julie's Prize, was at least as impressive as Summer Mis on Saturday, winning the Illini Princess Handicap by almost 12 lengths. Her time of 1:44.01 for 1 1/16 miles matched up well with the 1:43.89 that Wiggins ran winning the Robert F. Carey Handicap in the last of six statebred stakes Saturday. Julie's Prize also is finished for the season, Mitchell said.

Wiggins, who won two open stakes races last summer, and Mystery Giver, a Grade 3 winner in his last start, are the other contenders for Illinois horse of the year. Monday, trainer Tony Granitz said a decision on Wiggins's status would be reached this week.

"We want to wait and see how he came out of the race before we decide what to do with him," Granitz said.

Janeian headed for Churchill

Janeian, a sharp 2 1/4-length winner of the Indian Maid Handicap here in her last start, is headed to Churchill Downs for the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap on Nov. 22. Janeian's five-furlong dirt work Sunday at Hawthorne was timed in 1:01.80.

"She's doing fantastic," said trainer Bret Calhoun.

Janeian has been thriving for a couple of months, but finding races for her has been difficult. A natural turf miler, Janeian will run nine furlongs in the Cardinal for lack of a suitable race at a shorter distance. Janeian was considered for last Saturday's Athenia Handicap at Aqueduct but wound up passing the race.

"We were going to go there, but I couldn't get a good flight for her," Calhoun said. "I was worried about the weather, too, and I think I was right, since the turf came up really soft for that race.

"I found out Bien Nicole was supposed to run in the Cardinal, and I think that ought to give us someone to run behind. I think [Janeian] can go a mile and an eighth if she can get covered up."

Princess Paster top pick in feature

For Hawthorne's Wednesday feature, choose between a second-level allowance for statebred fillies or an open entry-level allowance race on turf. The grass race could easily shift to dirt, since rain is forecast here Monday and Tuesday.

The Illinois-bred allowance, race 3, seems straightforward, with Princess Paster a likely winner. The key to this filly is Hawthorne itself, where Princess Paster has compiled a record of 2-2-1 from six starts, with just one place finish from seven starts at other venues. Twice second at this class level, Princess Paster should get her turn Wednesday, especially with a perfect pace-pressing trip from an outside post.

The entry-level grass race, at one mile, has no clear-cut favorite, and Cloudy's Knight, a maiden winner in his last start, may be good enough to overcome his tough outside draw. The pick for dirt is Quarter Time, who was second in a main-track route the last time he raced.