03/28/2008 11:00PM

Cave Springs comfortable on turf


Cave Springs took to turf like a duck to water when she won an allowance race March 17 at Turf Paradise. She looks to validate that and show she's found her calling when she heads Monday's $30,000 Scottsdale Handicap in Phoenix. A field of seven 3-year-old fillies is slated to go about a mile on the turf.

Cave Springs was already a good filly for owner Dennis Weir and trainer Kevin Lewis. She won the filly division of the Arizona Breeders Futurity in the slop here Dec. 1 and won the Bueno Stakes here Feb. 2. Her connections opted to try her on the turf, and, being by multiple Grade 2 turf winner In Excess, she took right to it. Sent off as the 9-5 favorite going about 7 1/2 furlongs, she pressed the pace and gamely prevailed under Vince Guerra in a long stretch battle over Kylies Way. She'll have to deal with that rival again here. Guerra keeps the mount.

Kylies Way did everything right in the March 17 turf race for trainer Eric Kruljac but just came up a head short. She sat toward the back of the pack, then made a strong move into the lane to get within a head of Cave Springs at the eighth pole, but just couldn't get by. A daughter of Menifee, Kylies Way won her maiden on turf in January, so she is surely comfortable on this footing. Miguel Hernandez stays aboard.

Another March 17 turf runner, Bitterbutsweet, sat midpack and made some headway in the lane to be third. She's a turf winner as well, and any improvement can make her a player here for trainer Dan Morgan and rider Scott Stevens.

Show the Light is an interesting new shooter for trainer Mike Chambers. She began her career in Southern California last summer and fall, but after two dull outings for then-trainer Eoin Harty, she changed hands, came here, and romped over maidens by 7 1/4 lengths in the slop Dec. 8. She backed it up with a strong 3 3/4-length allowance win here March 15.

Show the Light tries turf for the first time, a route for the first time, and faces tougher foes, but she may have turned the corner. A bullet four-furlong work in 46 seconds here March 28 is encouraging. Anne Von Rosen rides.