11/17/2009 12:00AM

Anderson finds two more prospects

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Pete Anderson says he's uncertain whether Delightful Kiss, idle since February, will be able to overcome physical problems to race again.

MIAMI - When his Delightful Kiss was barnstorming the country winning graded stakes, friends used to tell former rider Pete Anderson he had the best one-horse stable in America.

Delightful Kiss has since been joined under Anderson's shed by Chary, a 3-year-old filly, and Wild Mia, a 2-year-old filly. One month ago, Chary captured the Calder Oaks. Last Saturday, Wild Mia won her maiden in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.

"Now I've got the best three-horse stable in America," quipped Anderson, whose resume as a jockey includes having ridden Forego to a fourth-place finish behind Secretariat in the 1973 Kentucky Derby.

Wild Mia, making just her third start and second on turf, rallied from midpack under jockey Antonio Gallardo to register a one-length victory over Dancing Rage in the 1 1/16-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf. The victory was also a milestone for Gallardo, who registered his first stakes win since he came to this country after a six-year career in his native Madrid, Spain.

Anderson nearly didn't get the opportunity to run Wild Mia on Saturday.

"She was almost sold about a week before the race but the potential buyers decided to pass at the last minute," said Anderson. "Naturally I'm glad she wasn't because she'd have almost certainly gone to another trainer had the deal gone through."

Wild Mia is owned by Craig Wheeler, a longtime friend of Anderson's from his days as manager of Hobeau Farm.

"Craig managed Hobeau for almost 30 years," said Anderson. "After the sale fell through I told him I wanted to try this filly in the stakes. I explained that she was training great and I'd looked over the past performances of the horses nominated for this race and that I was confident that even if she didn't win, she would not embarrass us. I said 'Why run in a maiden race for $20,000 when she can win here?' And even if she didn't win, finishing second or third in a stakes would make her even more saleable."

Anderson's hunch paid off. Gallardo rated Wild Mia within easy striking distance of the pacesetting favorite Winsockie, and they ran the leader down near midstretch and edged clear. Wild Mia paid $59.60.

"My rider came to me the next day and said they showed the race on television back in Madrid, that his mother watched it and called him up crying, she was so happy," said Anderson. "He said now he's a hero back in Spain and they want him to come back to ride there again. He was 1 for 101 going into the race and now he's 2 for 102. I kind of blueprinted the trip for him and he followed my instructions to a 'T.' He rode an excellent race."

Anderson said he has no definite plans for Wild Mia's next start, although he is looking into the possibility of taking her to Tampa Bay Downs.

Anderson does have a race picked out for Chary's next start, the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer Handicap on the turf here Dec. 5.

"She looks like a million dollars right now," said Anderson. "She's owned by people I used to ride for at Claiborne Farm, including Seth Hancock. I've been associated with them for a long time."

Anderson also had Delightful Kiss out to work an easy three furlongs in 39.65 seconds on Sunday morning. Delightful Kiss, who eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings with his third-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 24, has not run since finishing 10th in Gulfstream Park's Grade 3 Canadian Turf on Feb. 28.

"It was just his second breeze since his last start," said Anderson. "He got major problems. He's been right here with me the whole time, I don't let those kind of horses get out of my sight. They stay right in my bedroom. I'm hoping to get him back to the races again but it's a very hairy situation and it's going to be a photo finish whether I do or not."

Sweet Repent earns huge Beyer

The most noteworthy performance on last Saturday's Florida Million program was turned in by Sweet Repent, who rallied to a convincing 3 1/4-length victory over the 3-5 Jessica Is Back in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap.

The win was the third in a row for Sweet Repent, a 3-year-old daughter of Repent who earned a whopping 110 Beyer Speed Figure. That number is the second highest by a 3-year-old filly this year, eclipsed only by the 116 and 111 figures posted by Rachel Alexandra for her victories in the Haskell and Mother Goose.

Sweet Repent is owned by the Buongiorno A Tutti Stable and trained by David Braddy.