08/03/2004 11:00PM

Turf sprinters rematched at Penn


Turf sprint specialists Nicole's Dream and Tangier Sound, separated by only a nose when they met in Kentucky this spring, are rematched in Friday night's $50,000 Jenny Wade Handicap at Penn National Race Course.

The five-furlong grass race for fillies and mares, which drew a field of 12 plus three also-eligibles, will be run as race 2 on a nine-race program that begins at 7:25 p.m. Eastern.

On April 29 at Churchill Downs, front-running Nicole's Dream barely held off the late rush of Tangier Sound in the $117,000 Mamzelle.

For handicappers who focus on weight, Nicole's Dream will carry two more pounds than she did in the Mamzelle as the Jenny Wade highweight at 122 pounds. Tangier Sound gets in at 118, which equates to a four-pound shift in her favor.

In her career, the 4-year-old Nicole's Dream has won 9 of 13 turf sprints, including her last start three weeks ago at Arlington Park. She brings along her regular rider, E.T. Baird, for her first start in the mid-Atlantic region after competing primarily in Illinois and Kentucky.

Tangier Sound won last year's Jenny Wade over soft turf and excels in grass sprints, where she is 8 for 17 lifetime. In her most recent outing last Saturday, the 5-year-old Tangier Sound scored a wire-to-wire win over soft turf in the Klassy Briefcase at Monmouth Park.

Beyond the two probable favorites, Power Perfect and Desirable Moment are intriguing prospects.

The 7-year-old Power Perfect, 4 for 5 in turf sprints, is in perhaps the sharpest form of her career, scoring back-to-back wins at Philadelphia Park.

A speedy 5-year-old, Desirable Moment has been first or second in her last three turf races, all at Gulfstream Park. She was beaten badly the last time she faced Tangier Sound, however, in last year's Betsy Ross at Monmouth.