03/18/2008 11:00PM

Bamaha Breeze lands in good spot


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Steve Miyadi doesn't have a 40 percent win rate by putting horses in spots where they don't belong.

On Friday, he finds the perfect spot for undefeated Bamaha Breeze in a $32,000 optional claimer at six furlongs. Bamaha Breeze, coming off a Cal-bred allowance victory at Santa Anita, gets a first-level allowance repeat here in open company against seven rivals.

The 3-year-old colt was entered in the El Camino Real Derby on Marcho8, but was scratched by Miyadi, who said at entry time, "Everything's got to be perfect" for the colt to run in the race. It would have been the colt's first try around two turns.

There are signs that the colt could handle 1 1/16 miles: He has a 361 Tomlinson number, and his dam, Excessive Angi, was stakes-placed at the distance in the CTBA Marian Stakes at Fairplex. But Miyadi passed on the race, in large part because there was plenty of speed in the field.

Although sired by the speedy multiple stakes-winning Lord Carson, Bamaha Breeze has been a stalker in his three sprints.

Miyadi claimed Bamaha Breeze for $20,000 in his Jan. 12 debut at Golden Gate Fields.

"I saw the horse work once," Miyadi said. "I just took a shot. You don't really know about a maiden until they run. I was thinking he's worth $25,000."

Bamaha Breeze followed up with a victory in a $40,000 starter allowance on Feb. 7 and the Cal-bred allowance race at Santa Anita on Feb. 21.

Miyadi has been impressed by the colt's efforts because he has won while running a bit greenly.

"He's still very green," said Miyadi, who has tried to get the colt more comfortable moving inside horses during workouts. "He probably needs blinkers, but rules won't let me put them on. If a horse wins, you can't make a blinker change in Northern California. It would help his chances."

Bamaha Breeze will be running against Vadheim, who won his maiden in the Harvest Futurity Stakes at Fresno; stakes-placed Many Rivers; and Drewthegentleman, who competed in Grade 1 races last year as a 2-year-old. Searchforthetruth, Easy Going Cecil, Ican'tremember, and Dawn's Day round out the field.

Ican'tremember and Easy Going Cecil, claimed from Miyadi for $16,000 in his last start Jan. 13 at Golden Gate, should provide pace for Bamaha Breeze to chase, with Many Rivers and Dawn's Day vying with Bamaha Breeze to get first run on the leaders.