09/25/2008 11:00PM

Annabill targets repeat on turf


MIAMI - Annabill is unquestionably the leader of the local filly and mare handicap division on dirt. On Sunday, she'll try to put her name at the head of the turf division as well when she attempts to defend her title in the $55,000 Capital Request Stakes, which is scheduled to be run at a mile on the grass. The Capital Request Stakes lured a full field of 12, plus two also-eligibles, and includes such turf specialists as Dancing Band, Silversider, Lydia's Love, and Saint Knows.

Annabill has captured her last four starts, including the Cinnamon Girl and Sambacarioca stakes during a streak that dates to June 22. Overall, the 5-year-old daughter of Outflanker has won 5 of 8 outings this season. Only one of those appearances came on grass, the Turf Distaff at Tampa Bay Downs, in which Annabill finished fifth after being forced to break from a tough outside post.

Annabill rallied to a three-quarter-length victory in her turf debut, the 2007 edition of the Capital Request.

"She's won a stakes on grass, so I'll try her in this same race again and see what happens," trainer Milt Wolfson said. "Naturally, if it should rain and the race comes off the grass, it would be to our advantage."

Wolfson said he plans to spot Annabill's races carefully during the remainder of the year and is using the Capital Request as a prep for the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap over the main course on Oct. 18.

Annabill will be forced to concede weight to all but one of her rivals, toting 123 pounds, including regular rider Javier Santiago.

Dancing Band returns home after finishing eighth in Monmouth Park's Grade 3 Matchmaker. Earlier this summer, Dancing Band defeated a strong field of allowance rivals over the local turf course.

Silversider comes off a three-quarter-length victory in a five-furlong overnight stakes on turf, and has also been stakes placed twice here in 2008.

Lydia's Love has posted back-to-back grass victories but will get tested for class in just her second stakes appearance in the Capital Request.

Saint Knows raced under a $62,500 claiming tag when second behind Lydia's Love under optional claiming conditions earlier this month. The setback snapped a three-race winning streak for Saint Knows that included come-from-behind wins in the Liberada and Ms Brookski stakes on grass.

Cruz gets 100th winner of meet

Jockey Manoel Cruz won his 100th race of the meet when he guided Sailing Time to a wire-to-wire victory in Thursday's seventh race, his fourth victory on the card. Cruz, who will begin defense of his Tropical at Calder riding title when that meet opens next month, will likely finish second in the standings behind Paco Lopez when the current session ends on Oct. 19.

Gottcha Gold works at Calder

At this time last year, Gottcha Gold was at Monmouth Park preparing for what became a second-place finish in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Gottcha Gold won't be returning to the Breeders' Cup this fall. Instead, he is stabled with trainer Eddie Plesa at Calder, where he worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds Friday.