03/10/2005 1:00AM

Summerly may be favored in rematch


NEW ORLEANS - When Runway Model and Summerly met last year, Runway Model was making the 10th start of her career, Summerly her third, and the experience showed. Runway Model, favored at even money, captured the Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs, with Summerly finishing third.

They meet for the first time since then on Saturday, in the Grade 2, $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, but the circumstances are much different. Runway Model will be making her first start in more than three months, while Summerly comes off consecutive victories at Fair Grounds, including the Silverbulletday Stakes, the major prep for the Fair Grounds Oaks.

As a result, Summerly - despite being 11-1 when she met Runway Model in the Golden Rod - might very well be favored this time around.

"She's a very talented filly," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Summerly. "When she first ran, in a sprint, she was outfooted. But going two turns - voila - she's a different horse."

has won three times in four starts since stretching out around two turns. Both of her victories at this meet were at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the Fair Grounds Oaks. Asmussen will be trying to win the Fair Grounds Oaks for the second time in three years. He won it in 2003 with Lady Tak.

"They're two different horses," Asmussen said. "There was more to do with Lady Tak between the Fair Grounds Oaks and starting her out going three-quarters.

"Summerly's a two-turn horse. We've just had to keep her in a nice rhythm. She's been on the same pattern since she broke her maiden. She's better the further she runs."

Summerly will start from post 2, with Jerry Bailey riding her for the first time. In addition to her recent success over the track, Summerly appears to be the controlling speed in the race.

Runway Model has been at Oaklawn Park with trainer Bernie Flint. This week he sent the filly to Fair Grounds, where his son, Steve, is based. At her best, Runway Model is one of the division's elite. She won the Alcibiades Stakes last year, and was third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Eyes on Eddy and Enduring Will are back to challenge Summerly after finishing second and third in the Silverbulletday.

Enduring Will had to spot four pounds to Summerly and 10 pounds to Eyes on Eddy in the Silverbulletday. They all carry 121 pounds in the Fair Grounds Oaks. This will be Enduring Will's third race at the meet since returning from a 3 1/2-month layoff.

"The weights level off, which is good for us," said Al Stall Jr., who trains Enduring Will. "She's not a forward-training horse. She just kind of flops around. It's taken her two races to get fit."

Enduring Will, with John Velazquez aboard, starts in post 3, just outside Summerly.

"I love the post," Stall said. "John can sit right there and decide what he wants to do with the favorite-slash-lone-speed." Stall laughed. "I guess favorite-slash-lone-speed is a bad combination if it's not you."

The field

Fair Grounds Oaks
Purse: $300,000; 1 1/16 miles; Grade 2

1Soul SearchR. Albarado12-1
2SummerlyJ. Bailey7-5
3Enduring WillJ. Velazquez6-1
4CarleaE. Coa8-1
5Eyes On EddyR. Dominguez5-1
6Runway ModelR. Bejarano9-5

* All starters carry 121 pounds
* Odds are track's morning line