07/31/2006 12:00AM

Summerly ready for return

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y. - Summerly, one of the top 3-year-old fillies in the country until her career was put on hold last summer by a splint bone injury, will launch her comeback against a strong field that includes an old rival, In the Gold, in Wednesday's $70,000 Ashado Stakes at Saratoga. The 1 1/8-mile overnight stakes is named in honor of the two-time Eclipse Award-winning filly who won two Grade 1 races at Saratoga.

finished first and second in the 2005 Kentucky Oaks. Summerly, a daughter of Summer Squall, subsequently finished third in the Grade 1 Mother Goose and second in the Grade 1 Coaching Club America Oaks for trainer Steve Asmussen before being sidelined while training here for the Alabama.

Summerly, currently under the care of Scott Blasi, was entered but scratched from the Grade 1 Go for Wand on Sunday.

"The filly's doing wonderful," said Blasi. "Her breezes have been beautiful. She looks to be coming back into form."

Blasi said Summerly is using the Ashado as a prep for the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 25.

In the Gold has not won in six starts since capturing the Grade 1 Gazelle last fall at Belmont. She was beaten by nearly 25 lengths after an unlucky start in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap.

"She looked like she was regaining her form in Maryland, then hit the side of the gate in her last start," said trainer Nick Zito. "Sometimes you need to give a good horse a little drop in class to get them a confidence boost. Hopefully she'll get back on her game Wednesday."

The Ashado drew a field of six fillies and mares, including Yolanda B. and , both of whom bring in two-race win streaks.

Eight go in Cab Calloway

Metro Meteor and Running Dog will likely vie for favoritism when a field of eight New York bred 3-year-olds go 1 1/8 miles on the turf in Wednesday's $150,000 Cab Calloway Stakes.

Metro Meteor has won his last two starts, both on turf, but will be stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for the first time.

Running Dog won his only previous try on turf going nine furlongs, and was stakes-placed on the main track in his last start.

* There is a pick-six carryover of $57,010 into Wednesday's card.

- additional reporting by David Grening