06/28/2006 11:00PM

Bonde able to go three deep


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Is trainer Jeff Bonde holding all the aces for Saturday's $40,000 Juan Gonzalez Memorial at the Alameda County Fair?

Three of the six 2-year-old fillies in the five-furlong race hail from his barn, with two of them - the $500,000 purchase Untouched Talent and French Forest - running as an entry. He also sends out $260,000 purchase Heiress Apparent.

"They're all at about the same point, and the timing's perfect for them," Bonde said of his threesome.

Untouched Talent and Heiress Apparent have never run, while French Forst has run once.

Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat out of a multiple graded-stakes-winning mare, and French Forest are both owned in partnership by the Angelo Ferro Family Trust.

"The people who own [Untouched Talent] are big into breeding," Bonde said. "They love her breeding, but she's very athletic and never done a thing wrong in training."

Untouched Talent drew the rail, which in Bonde's words is "never optimum."

"It's not a big issue, though, when they're not coming out of a chute," he said.

Untouched Talent's stablemate, French Forest, was fourth against males in her debut. She was between horses down the backstretch and around the turn, then ran erratically in the stretch. She has four works, three of them bullets, since then and adds blinkers.

Heiress Apparent is a "big, outstanding-looking filly," according to Bonde. A half to the stakes winner Don't Worry Mommy, she is by freshman sire Millennium Wind, who is still looking for his first winner.

Bonde won this race in 2003 with the first-time starter Lying Goddess.

Flutter Girl, the first foal of an unraced dam, could offer big competition to Bonde's runners. A $4,000 purchase in January, she won her only start, which came at Emerald Downs, and returns home for this.

"She was actually broken here at Pleasanton," trainer Manny Calvario said. "I sent her down early for this race because it's such a long trip."

Flutter Girl has a half-mile work over the track in preparation for Saturday's stakes.

"She is a nice filly," Calvario said. "I was a little afraid I didn't really have her tight enough for her first race, and she did get a little tired late. She's been training well since then."

Fancy and Free, favored in both her starts, both in two-furlong races at Santa Anita, will make her first start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after being bought by Peter Abruzzo.