05/16/2007 12:00AM

Your Flame in Me has speed to burn


No one has been able to touch this flame. Your Flame in Me has won her three starts by a combined margin of nearly 20 lengths, each time running her rivals into the ground with a wicked burst of speed leaving the gate.

Your Flame in Me will put her perfect record on the line on Friday at Pimlico, when she heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 3, $125,000 Miss Preakness Stakes going six furlongs.

This will be Your Flame in Me's first start in a graded stakes, but her sharp recent form and a home-track advantage should still make her an overwhelming favorite. She is 9-5 on the morning line set by Frank Carulli of Pimlico.

Your Flame in Me won twice last year, at Delaware and Laurel, then returned from a seven-month layoff to score a nine-length romp in the Xtra Heat Stakes here at Pimlico on April 28.

"She was the fastest 2-year-old we had last year," her trainer, Michael Trombetta, said Wednesday morning from his barn at Laurel.

"We had to take a small chip out of an ankle. We prepped in the Xtra Heat hoping to go on to this."

In the Xtra Heat, Your Flame in Me seized the lead right from the start and cruised home effortlessly, with jockey Jose Caraballo looking back so often he probably needed to see a chiropractor to realign his neck the next morning.

"I asked him, 'Did you find what you were looking for?' " Trombetta said. "It comes so easy to her. She has so much raw speed."

Trombetta said he is hoping to use the Miss Preakness as a springboard to the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park on July 7.

Silver Knockers, who ran poorly going two turns on Polytrack last time, will be returning to conventional dirt and a sprint, conditions under which she has finished first or second in three starts.

Richwoman, a two-time stakes winner last year, returned from a lengthy layoff to finish second the Richland Stakes at Lone Star Park last time out. Her sharp speed should have her in contention early.

The Very One: Familiar scenario for Unbridled Sidney

As a handicapper, what do you do with a mare who faded badly in the stretch of her first start in six months as the 2-1 favorite and returns just two weeks later?

In the case of Unbridled Sidney, you should probably run to the betting windows.

If the 6-year-old Unbridled Sidney follows the same pattern from 2005 and 2006, she should be set to fire her best shot in Friday's $95,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico.

Not only is Unbridled Sidney the leading earner in a field of 10 filly and mare turf sprinters, she is 2 for 2 returning on short rest for her second start following a long layoff.

Two years ago, Unbridled Sidney came back 13 days after her return from a freshening and romped by 6 3/4 lengths in the Zenobia Empire at Churchill Downs. Last May, she returned 12 days following the first start of her form cycle and got up by a nose in the Mamzelle at Churchill.

Logically, it stands to reason Unbridled Sidney should run well after she set the pace and faded over a yielding course in the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill on May 4.

Those looking to try and beat Unbridled Sidney, the likely favorite, in the five-furlong The Very One (race 9) should consider the Todd Pletcher-trained South Necking, who was beaten only 1 1/2 lengths in the $115,000 Giants Causeway at Keeneland a month ago; Carryanun, sharp in a pair of turf sprints last fall but idle since October; and first-time turf runner Smart and Fancy, who comes off back-to-back sprint wins on dirt in New York for trainer Tony Dutrow.- Joe DeVivo

Whimsical: Just Starting is sharp

Seven fillies and mares, most of who have had their best success running for claiming tags between $25,000 and $35,000, will go six furlongs in the $95,000 Whimsical (race 4).

Five runners come into the race off a victory, and the classiest and most consistent might be Just Starting, who ships in from New York after wiring a field of $25,000 starter allowance foes in late March.- Joe DeVivo