08/15/2004 11:00PM

Ay Dee Dee gets drop


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Ay Dee Dee holds a special place in the heart of former trainer Brent Sumja. She was his last winner as a trainer.

Ay Dee Dee may get Sumja back in the winner's circle Wednesday at the Bay Meadows Fair, this time as an owner, when she takes on seven 3-year-old fillies in a $20,000 claimer at a mile on turf.

Ay Dee Dee beat a similar field over the course June 5 before Sumja retired from training to become a stock broker.

Only one of her rivals Wednesday also has a turf victory, and five of her opponents are making their turf debuts.

"She's taken to the turf quite well. We want to keep her there," said Aggie Ordonez, Sumja's assistant, who has taken over the barn for him.

Ay Dee Dee's affinity for the turf should come as no surprise. A daughter of General Meeting, Ay Dee Dee is out of a Theatrical mare. In her turf debut, she sat off the pace and made a strong move in the lane, winning by two lengths as the favorite under Northern California's leading turf rider Ron Warren, who takes the call again Wednesday.

Ay Dee Dee then ran fifth in a $50,000 claimer at Hollywood Park on July 8.

"That race is better than looks," Ordonez said. "She didn't run bad. She was running at the end."

Pleasure Fair, who also has a victory over the turf here, could be the main threat. She has more tactical speed than Ay Dee Dee and went wire to wire in her turf victory. Pleasure Fair may face more pace pressure here, though.

Exorbitant, second at Santa Rosa for a $20,000 tag off a claim, could be a factor in her turf debut. She broke poorly that day, but ran second the whole way in an even effort.

Ay Dee Dee began her career back east and then came to Southern California, where she ran third in an $80,000 optional claimer in her lone start. She was sent north with instructions to enter her for $12,500. It took a while before a race filled, and, by that time, Sumja and Ordonez had become quite fond of her despite her physical limitations.

"We really liked her around the barn," Ordonez said. "When she finally got in and Brent saw her PP's, he offered to buy her instead of running her, and the deal went through. The deal went through, and she scratched that day."

Because of her breeding and his success moving horses to the turf, Sumja ran her on the turf and was immediately rewarded.

He may get more dividends Wednesday.