07/03/2002 12:00AM

Sweet Nanette nearing top form for Saylorville


ALTOONA, Iowa - Sweet Nanette will square off against Run for Little Bit and defending champion Miss Seffens in Friday's co-featured $125,000 Saylorville Stakes for fillies and mares at Prairie Meadows.

Sweet Nanette, a multiple stakes winner before being given a 10 1/2-month layoff to recuperate from a minor injury, appears to be nearing top form for trainer Dallas Stewart.

"She has been training well since her last start and I think the sky's the limit for this filly," said the trainer.

Sweet Nanette, a 4-year-old daughter of You and I, has made three starts since returning. She finished second in the Victoria Lass Handicap at Fair Grounds in March, and then shipped to Churchill where she faced some of the nation's top filly and mare sprinters to finish seventh, beaten 3 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

Sweet Nanette, who is owned by syndicate West Point Thorough-breds, returned to the winner's circle in her most recent start after surviving a pace duel to score a 1 3/4-length victory over Run for Little Bit in a nonwinners-of-four other than allowance race at six furlongs at Churchill on May 23.

Stewart will be in town to give rider Craig Perret a leg up in the Sayorville.

Run for Little Bit has finished behind Sweet Nanette in both the Victoria Lass and the May allowance race. Those races are the only losses in Run for Little Bit's seven-race career.

In her last start Run for Little Bit, a 4-year-old daughter of Tactical Advantage, rallied to score a 1 1/4-length victory over a tough allowance field at Churchill Downs. Trainer Tom Amoss has named Jorge Chavez to ride Run for Little Bit in the Sayorville as she tries to turn the tables on Sweet Nanette.

Miss Seffens captured the Sayorville as well as two other stakes last year but has been well beaten in both of her starts this year. She will need a major form reversal to repeat in this race for trainer Steve Wren. Pat Day has the call for owners Karen and Hays Biggs.