06/11/2009 11:00PM

Susan B. Anthony Handicap wide open


Sunday's $50,000 Susan B. Anthony Handicap at Finger Lakes may have lost its star attraction, but the six-furlong sprint for New York-bred fillies and mares is now a more interesting race for handicappers.

Trainer Rick Dutrow indicated Friday that he intends to run the 4-year-old By the Light, 10 for 16 lifetime with earnings of $866,785, in Sunday's $65,000 What a Summer at Belmont Park, where she faces just four rivals, and avoids having to carry the 128 pounds she was assigned for the Susan B. Anthony, where she would have been odds-on.

In By the Light's absence, recent winner Sweet Lorena and the long idle Light Tactic are likely to vie for favoritism among seven entrants, including a coupled entry for trainer Michael Ferraro.

Sweet Lorena, 8 for 15 locally, returned from a six-month layoff to win a high-priced optional claimer on May 31. She was third in last year's Susan B. Anthony and second, beaten a head, in the six-furlong Arctic Queen.

Light Tactic is a 5-year-old who has run just five times and will be making her first start in nine months. As a 3-year-old, Light Tactic won the Personal Bid over Aqueduct's inner track. Last August, she was a close second in the Union Avenue at Saratoga while making her first start in seven months.

The field also includes Michele the Great, who finished third against open company the last time she sprinted in last fall's Proud Puppy Handicap, and Afleet Alexandra, the winner of last year's $75,000 New York Oaks who could be ready for a peak performance in the third start of her current form cycle.

Michele the Great shortens up to six furlongs for her second start this season after a non-competitive performance in a one-mile race over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle Downs.

Afleet Alexandra, coupled with Bob's Dylan, has been first or second in 9 of 10 starts locally.