10/17/2007 11:00PM

Anoakia suits Spring Awakening

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - The glamorous races for 2-year-old fillies this fall will be run without Spring Awakening, the favorite for Saturday's $75,000 Anoakia Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

After Spring Awakening finished second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante at Del Mar on Sept. 3, trainer Mike Mitchell opted to pass the Oak Leaf Stakes on Sept. 29 as well as an attempt at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Monmouth Park next weekend.

The Anoakia Stakes, in his opinion, was a better fit.

"I thought, for right now, she's best at just sprinting," he said. "She's really a nice filly. It's not like the class isn't there. To run two turns, I felt she isn't ready for it.

"My whole thing is I probably hope to run against graded horses early in the Santa Anita meeting. If we want to see two turns, we might try her in the California Cup."

The six-furlong Anoakia Stakes has drawn a field of nine, and Spring Awakening is well-drawn in post 8. Jockey Joe Talamo, who was aboard for Spring Awakening's runner-up finish in the Del Mar Debutante, has the mount and can keep the filly off the pace early and move on the leaders as the race unfolds.

Spring Awakening used a stalking style to win a maiden race for statebred fillies by 5 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on July 23.

Mitchell also starts Princess Traci, who was claimed for $62,500 for Jane Bacharach from a maiden race here on Oct. 3. Princess Traci won that race by five lengths after fighting for the early lead.

"I took a shot claiming her and she won pretty easily," Mitchell said. "She sure seems like speed."

Also in the Anoakia are stakes winner Golden Doc A, sharp Del Mar maiden winner Czechers, and Foxy Danseur, who was third in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar. Foxy Danseur finished eighth in the Del Mar Debutante, but rebounded to win a six-furlong maiden race here on Sept. 30.

"Running her in the Debutante and running as badly as she did, I had to rethink the whole thing," trainer Christopher Paasch said. "We went back to square one and ran in a maiden race. She came back and did well. I've got a lot more confidence."