06/25/2009 12:00AM

City Tone gets test trying turf in Oaks


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - City Tone might lack the turf experience all seven of her rivals can boast Saturday in the $50,000 Lone Star Oaks, but she is the lone member of the field to have won a stakes this year. And, it came at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Oaks, which is the final 3-year-old filly stakes of the meet at Lone Star Park.

Among City Tone's opponents are My Spanx and Megan's Tough Love, who both won turf route stakes last year at 2. Busy Mass returns to racing against straight 3-year-olds off a runner-up finish against older in a $30,000 optional claimer at Louisiana Downs.

Adding further depth to the field are Fourstarattraction and Streakin' Nun, who both won allowances over the local course in their last start; Cuvee's Pride, a winner of 3 of her last 5 starts; and The Cat Who, who worked a bullet half-mile in 47.60 seconds here June 21.

City Tone will be making her turf debut in the Oaks.

"It's the last stakes here for her," said Jack Bruner, who trains the filly for Tom Durant. "I hope she likes it. It will be a lot different deal for her."

Dirt has been City Tone's game to date. She has won 2 of 3 starts at the meet, including a $125,000 division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles May 9. In her most recent out, City Tone was fourth in the $100,000 Cinemine, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies here May 25.

"I brought her back a little quick," Bruner said of the Cinemine. "I'm afraid she bounced on me the last time."

Bruner said City Tone has trained well for the Oaks. She appears to be an improved filly at 3, coming from off the pace in each of her starts this year and earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 82 for an allowance win at Lone Star in April.

"She likes settling a lot better, and she's got a good close," said Bruner, who has given the mount to Chris Landeros.

City Tone will attempt to become the first turf winner for her young sire, City Street.

Busy Mass was second to Category Seven in the optional claimer last out. Category Seven went on to run second by a head in the $50,000 Top Corsage at Louisiana Downs. Don Pettinger has the mount on Busy Mass for trainer Brian House.