08/27/2006 11:00PM

Brushed Gold need only duplicate last


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Todd Pletcher isn't asking for a big step forward from Brushed Gold in the $70,000 P.G. Johnson Wednesday at Saratoga. He would settle for a repeat of her maiden victory.

, a Stonerside Stable homebred daughter of Touch Gold, won her only start by a half-length on the grass July 31 at Saratoga. She steps right into stakes company at the same 1 1/16-mile distance as the maiden race against eight other 2-year-old fillies on the Mellon Turf Course.

"She ran very well first time out," Pletcher said. "We were very pleased with her effort. If she can improve on that or run the same kind of race we'll be delighted."

John Velazquez will again ride Brushed Gold.

Changeisgonnacome ships in from Maryland for trainer Michael Trombetta following a runaway maiden victory on dirt at Colonial Downs on Aug, 6.

A Cherokee Run filly, Changeisgonnacome could not quite overcome a slow start in her debut, a five-furlong grass sprint at Laurel Park on July 17, and finished second by three-quarters of a length. She broke alertly at Colonial, took an early lead in the six-furlong race and extended it to a 11 3/4-length triumph in 1:11.47.

Saratoga's leading rider Edgar Prado has the mount on Changeisgonnacome.

The other winners in the field are Hold That Thought, a New York-bred trained by Gary Contessa; Meadow Breeze, the most experienced filly in the field with two wins in four starts; and Luxury Class, who is trained by Graham Motion.

Sophie's Salad, trained by Jimmy Toner for celebrity chef Bobby Flay, is one of the four maidens in the field. In her only start, she came from off the pace under Javier Castellano with a six-wide move in a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint on Aug. 9, got within a neck of the pacesetter, and finished third by three-quarters of a length.

"She really ran well then, just a little green, that's all," Toner said. "She went wide around the turn and lugged in a little bit in the stretch, and Javy said she was looking at a lot of different things and that he thought she'd be better with blinkers.

"I worked her back and she was looking all over the place, so Javier said put blinkers on her and we are."

Also in the Johnson field are Sharp Susan, a WinStar Farm homebred by Touch Gold trained by Bill Mott; Way Sassy, a Giant's Causeway filly trained by Patrick Biancone; and Easy Start, a Jump Start homebred filly from the Marylou Whitney Stable.

Way Sassy and Brushed Gold are the only two starters who have raced beyond six furlongs.