08/31/2006 11:00PM

X Star comes in for live barn

Cotton Blossom will likely be favored in the Spinaway off her opening-day victory in the Schuylerville.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Larry Jones was stuck in a Grade 1 New York metropolitan area traffic jam Friday morning as he tried to make his way from Delaware to Saratoga. It wouldn't be surprising if some of his colleagues on this circuit were responsible for the roadblocks.

Jones, who is based at Delaware Park, has shipped in to win three graded stakes in New York this year - the Nassau County, Prioress, and Victory Ride - and came within a neck of a fourth in the Acorn. Sunday, Jones will seek another New York stakes victory when he saddles X Star in the Grade 1, $250,000 Spinaway for juvenile fillies at seven furlongs.

The Spinaway, restored to Grade 1 status after being run as a Grade 2 the last two years, drew a field of eight, including Schuylerville winner Cotton Blossom.

, a daughter of Pulpit out of Lady Lochinvar, whose lone career win came at Saratoga, won her debut by 6 3/4 lengths at Delaware Park on July 15. Jones and owner Jim Osborne thought about running X Star back in the Adirondack at 6 1/2 furlongs here on Aug. 17, but thought the additional time and distance would be beneficial to X Star.

Jones thought X Star's debut was impressive considering he felt the filly was undertrained.

"At this stage she shows a great grasp of the game," he said. "She sat right off the pace in hand and when it was time to go she just went with authority. Six furlongs was no problem for her, and the fact I thought I didn't have her tuned up leads me to believe she'll go further."

X Star has trained forwardly at Delaware Park for the Spinaway, and Mario Pino, who rode her in her debut, is coming back to ride. X Star will break from post 6 and will be getting Lasix for the first time.

Trainer Jamie Sanders has had a successful debut meet at Saratoga and looks to end it on a high note with Pro Pink. A daughter of Touch Gold, Pro Pink won her debut at Keeneland, rallying from eight lengths back to beat the Todd Pletcher-trained Audacious Chloe in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race. Nine days later, Pro Pink rallied wide and finished second against males in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs

Sanders said Pro Pink was purposely given the rest of the spring and summer off with the goal of running in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November. Though she shows a two-month gap between workouts from June to August, Sanders said Pro Pink has been in training the entire time. She shows several turf works because Sanders was trying to slow her down in the mornings.

"We never stopped on her," Sanders said. "She continued to gallop a mile and a half to two miles every day. She hasn't run since May, but her foundation is still the same. The main thing is she's got that three-eighths of a mile kick."

Cool the Economy bombed in her stakes debut, running last of seven in the Astoria in July at Belmont Park. Trainer Rick Violette believes the heat affected his filly that day. Cool the Economy bounced back with a 3 1/2-length maiden win here on July 27.

"It was a good, professional win, though the time didn't knock your socks off," Violette said. "She's improved significantly since then. She couldn't have trained better. I believe we're going to have a wet racetrack on Sunday and she breezed very well on it."

Cool the Economy went four furlongs in 48.28 seconds in the slop on Wednesday.

Cotton Blossom will likely be favored in the Spinaway off her opening-day victory in the Schuylerville. She got a perfect trip in that race and took advantage of a poor break by Desire to Excel, the race favorite.

Completing the field are Ruby Crown, a half-sister to last year's Alabama winner Sweet Symphony, Appealing Zophie, My Favorite, and Post Invader.