09/14/2006 11:00PM

Twin speeds may set table for a closer


Raf's Society Gal has won three of her last five races, all at a mile and 70 yards, by margins of between 13 1/4 and 15 3/4 lengths.

In her last seven races, all of them routes, Hoosick Falls shows six wins, including four by anywhere from 9 1/4 to 16 3/4 lengths.

But because both are need-the-lead types, they could merely duel each other into defeat and set things up for one of the other contenders in Sunday's $50,000 Jack Betta Be Rite Stakes at Finger Lakes.

The 1 1/16-mile stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares is the co-feature on a card that also includes the restricted $50,000 Genesee Valley Breeders' Handicap.

If Raf's Society Girl and Hoosick Falls burn out each other in the Jack Betta Be Rite (race 7), the two most likely beneficiaries are Ruby's Rocket and Gold Flinger.

The 6-year-old Ruby's Rocket, a 12-time winner, usually sprints, but she managed to stretch out to win last year's Jack Betta Be Rite by 5 1/4 lengths. She comes into this year's edition off back-to-back decisive sprint wins in the Proud Puppy Handicap and an overnight handicap.

Gold Flinger ships north and drops in to face statebreds after being claimed for $32,000 by high-percentage trainer Scott Lake. Her recent form against high-priced optional claimers at Philadelphia Park has been good, with six consecutive on-the-board finishes in which she has not been beaten by more than 1 1/4 lengths at distances between six furlongs and 1 1/16 miles.

Shady Lane is another shipper who merits respect. She most recently finished a close second at Saratoga in the $70,000 Saratoga Dew at 1 1/8 miles. Her only win in 14 starts the past two seasons came over a muddy track at Belmont in June.

Five of the eight horses in the 1 1/16-mile Genesee Valley (race 8) come off a daylight victory. Among that group, the three most impressive winners were Lethimthinkhesboss, Pinky Freud, and Mt. Majesty.

Lethimthinkhesboss, claimed for $35,000 in April, shipped from downstate to crush a small field of statebred allowance runners in his Finger Lakes debut.

Mt. Majesty, a winner in four of his last five starts, beat similar company by a wide margin, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 74, 4 points lower than Lethimthink-hesboss got two weeks earlier.

Pinky Freud, who most often sprints, prepped for this route by wiring four rivals in a mile and 70-yard overnight handicap by 10 1/2 lengths with an 86 Beyer.

A fast pace could benefit Tommasi, who makes his first local start after beating restricted optional claimers in a nine-furlong race at Saratoga.