06/22/2005 11:00PM

Travelator best, if she runs


The Stanley Hough-trained Travelator, who comes off a sharp score in the Candy Eclair Stakes at Monmouth Park, is the horse to beat in Saturday's $100,000 My Juliet Stakes at Philadelphia Park. That is, if she shows up.

Hough also entered in in the West Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth, and was not going to decide until Friday at the earliest as to where she will start.

A winner of 10 of 26 career starts, Travelator is the 2-1 favorite on the morning line in the six-furlong My Juliet. She'll be ridden by Harry Vega, the leading rider at Philadelphia Park.

"We're just going to kind of wait and see," Hough said before Monmouth's Saturday entries were drawn on Thursday morning. "I don't have a feeling either way right now. I know she likes the track at Monmouth. I'm not sure about Philly. I do think that Ebony Breeze is the horse to beat."

ships in from Churchill for the My Juliet, but she's no stranger to Philadelphia Park. In fact, she won this race last year, beating She Is Raging by a length. Herbie Castillo Jr., aboard for the win in the 2004 My Juliet, gets the call again.

is also back in the My Juliet this year. She finished third behind Travelator in the Candy Eclair last time out, and she also is cross-entered at Monmouth Park Saturday.

Owner Mike Gill has a three-horse entry in the My Juliet, including Umpateedle, who has won 2 of her last 3 starts. Her latest score resulted in a 96 Beyer Speed Figure, which is the best last-out figure of any horse in the field. Umpateedle is also entered in the West Long Branch, and if trainer Mark Shuman chooses to run her there, Glory of Love and Spring Rush are capable entrymates. Each is coming off her best race of the year and either is capable of winning the My Juliet with a top effort. Jockey Ryan Barber is named on all three Gill runners.

Spectacular Moon, Hostility, and Storm Minstrel round out the My Juliet field.

Also on Saturday is the $50,000 Foxy J. G., a sprint for Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old fillies. Last Toots, recently third in the Go for Wand Stakes at Delaware Park, and Penn National shipper S W Aly'svalentine loom the top contenders.