12/05/2007 12:00AM

Will same path work for Sky Mom?

EmailTrainer Steve Asmussen will be following a proven race pattern Friday night when he sends out Sky Mom in the $300,000 Delta Princess, one of three undercard stakes supporting the $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. Sky Mom became a candidate for the one-mile Delta Princess for 2-year-old fillies in September when she won the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park.

"When she won that, we knew where we wanted to go," said Asmussen, who trains Sky Mom for Heather Stark.

In 2004, Asmussen sent out Punch Appeal to win the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Delta Princess. Between those starts, she won the Grade 3 Pocahontas, which also happens to be Sky Mom's most recent race, on Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs.

"She ran hard in the Pocahontas," said Asmussen about Sky Mom. "She was third and had a lot of traffic."

Pocahontas winner Pure Clan has come back to win the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill. As for Sky Mom, she has been working at Fair Grounds. Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount on Sky Mom, who will break from post 9 in a full field of 10.

"I think she'll probably lay off of them a little bit," said Asmussen. "She surprised me by being on the lead at Turfway, and then she laid right off of them at Churchill."

The undefeated By the Light returns to racing against fillies Friday after defeating colts in the $269,000 New York Breeders Futurity at Finger Lakes in her last start Oct. 6. The Delta Princess is her first start around two turns, and her first against open company as all three of her starts have come against New York-breds.

"We wanted to look to try to stretch her out some," said Rick Dutrow, who trains By the Light for Jay Em Ess Stable. "I'm hoping she will. I can't tell you that she will. I can't tell you that she won't."

By the Light is by Malibu Moon. Her dam is Dixie Tempo, who won eight races, half of them routes. Rafael Bejarano has the mount on By the Light, who has been flattered since the Breeders Futurity. Third-place finisher Canadian Ballet returned in her next out to win the $100,000 Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes at six furlongs at Aqueduct on Nov. 11.

Miss Missile owns the field's highest last-race Beyer Speed Figure, an 87, for her 10-length blowout of the $100,000 My Trusty Cat at Delta on Nov. 9. Also in the field is Champagne Eyes, a maiden who was second in the $107,000 Sharp Cat last month at Hollywood Park.

* Jonesboro returns to dirt to defend his title in the $75,000 Sam's Town, a seven-furlong race around two turns. The last time he ran on the main track, he was second to Student Council in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

* Coolwind drops from Grade 3 company for the $75,000 Treasure Chest, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares in which she will have to catch multiple stakes winner Mykindasaint.

* Jon White, an HRTV analyst, will be at Delta to conduct postrace interviews as part of the network's expanded coverage of the four stakes Friday.