10/11/2007 12:00AM

Two biggest winners heading in opposite directions

EmailPeak Maria's Way and Lemon Drop Mom, two fillies with victories in six-figure stakes this season whose form now seems headed in opposite directions, will clash Saturday in the Justakiss, a $55,000 overnight stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles at Delaware Park.

Peak Maria's Way was so highly regarded after winning the $101,000 Obeah Handicap in mid-June with a career-best 97 Beyer Speed Figure that her connections followed up by running her in a pair of Grade 2 stakes, the Delaware Handicap and the Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park.

Although she set the pace for a mile in the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap and finished a respectable fourth of eight, that effort may have taken a lot out of Peak Maria's Way. She failed to display her customary early speed in the Molly Pitcher when she was beaten more than 23 lengths and went to the front then tired to beat only one horse in a minor stakes at the Meadowlands last month.

Trainer Mike Gorham will be hoping Peak Maria's Way can rebound back at Delaware, where she is 5 for 8 lifetime.

In contrast, Lemon Drop Mom is in sharp form after winning her last two races, including the $100,000 Go for Wand last time out on Sept. 1. After facing 3-year-old fillies in those two races, she steps up to try older horses Saturday. The last time she went against open company, Lemon Drop Mom finished third of six as the 6-5 favorite in an optional claimer.

One other horse who merits respect in the Justakiss is Charlotte's Di. Fifth against Peak Maria's Way in the Obeah, she returned from a layoff to defeat second-level allowance runners at Philadelphia Park last time out. Prior to her loss in the Obeah, Charlotte's Di won her previous two races at Delaware by a combined margin of 14 lengths.