07/24/2003 11:00PM

Summer Wind Dancer in tough


DEL MAR, Calif. - The experience of racing against such top fillies as Composure and Elloluv last winter should help Summer Wind Dancer in Sunday's $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar.

Unraced since January, Summer Wind Dancer faces a tough field in the Fleet Treat Stakes, run over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies.

In recent years, the Fleet Treat has included a standout, making for an unattractive betting race. In this year's field, the situation is the opposite.

Aside from Summer Wind Dancer, winner of the California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes last November, the field of nine includes the crack sprinter Pocketfullofpesos; Princess V., who has placed in three consecutive stakes; and Amber Hills, a three-time stakes winner.

Summer Wind Dancer has not started since finishing third in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 5. Last year, Summer Wind Dancer won 3 of 5 starts for owner-breeders Linda Vetter and Richard and Yvette Wira, including a maiden race at Del Mar and the Cover Gal Stakes at Santa Anita. After the California Cup, she finished third to Elloluv and Composure in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet.

"She is all class and has been beaten by some good fillies," trainer Jenine Sahadi said.

A precautionary nuclear scan taken after the Santa Ysabel revealed that Summer Wind Dancer had a tender left shin. So the owners and Sahadi decided that Summer Wind Dancer needed a break.

"We had decided to quit and give her some time off," Sahadi said. "She was kind of fried after that race."

The seven-furlong distance is not idea for Summer Wind Dancer. "I think I'll be better going long," Sahadi said.

The distance does suit Pocketfullofpesos and Princess V. Pocketfullofpesos won the filly division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes last December, but was 10th in the Sunshine Millions Oaks. Pocketfullofpesos returned from a layoff on June 25 and beat optional claimers at Hollywood Park by 1 1/2 lengths.

Princess V. has never been worse than third in five starts for owner-breeder Ken Porter and trainer Neil French. She was third in the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park on July 4, leading to midstretch before finishing 3 3/4 lengths behind House Party.

Amber Hills has won stakes at Bay Meadows, Fairplex Park, and Golden Gate Fields in the past year. She was third in the Pleasanton Senorita Stakes on July 3.

Just Too Too injured and out

Just Too Too, the undefeated winner of the Flawlessly Stakes, is out of training indefinitely after suffering a tendon injury to her left foreleg, trainer Jeff Mullins said.

A 3-year-old filly, Just Too Too was nominated for the Fleet Treat Stakes but was considered a candidate for the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap next Saturday as well.

Mullins suspects the injury occurs after a recent workout. He does not consider it career threatening.

"She worked real easy and it had to have happened then," he said.

Mullins said he is seeking advice from several veterinarians about treatment and declined to speculate how long Just Too Too would be off.

A five-time winner by In Excess, Just Too Too was claimed by Richard Englander when she won her first start in a maiden race for $50,000 claimers at Santa Anita on Jan. 30. She has won three consecutive turf races, the most recent of which was the Flawlessly Stakes over a mile at Hollywood Park on July 6.

o Bronze Route, a half-sister to the multiple stakes winner Golden Ballet, will be pointed for the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 9 or the Generous Portion Stakes on Sept. 3, Sahadi said.

Bronze Route was expected to start in the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes on Friday, but missed the race after she tied up on Wednesday morning.