08/27/2008 11:00PM

Closer look at some fast juveniles


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Run Away and Hide has proven an aptly named 2-year-old, easily winning all three of his starts, including the Grade 2 Saratoga Special on Aug. 14.

But a query of the Daily Racing Form database measuring the Beyer Speed Figures posted by all 2-year-olds who have raced in North America between April 1 and Aug. 27 indicates four colts have run faster than him, and so, too, have three fillies.

This hints at the potential for an exciting juvenile season in the late summer and fall, as these 2-year-olds prepare for the Oct. 24-25 Breeders' Cup, which has a new element this year, because the main-track races will be contested over the newly installed synthetic Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita.

Beginning with some of the 2-year-olds listed in the accompanying chart, and touching upon several others, here is a look at some of the fastest juveniles in the country, and those that could potentially move forward in the months to come.

Beginning with the males, Notonthesamepage has recorded the highest figure by a juvenile this year - a 104 Beyer - although it came racing just 4 1/2 furlongs April 30 at Churchill Downs.

Subsequently entered in the 5 1/2-furlong Tyro on July 26 at Monmouth Park, he weakened to second, dropping 23 Beyer points to an 81.

Bear in mind that Notonthesamepage had a fever prior to that race - necessitating a scratch from the Sanford Stakes. So that setback and the taxing effort from his quick maiden victory left him vulnerable to a bounce.

He is being pointed to Monday's Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga, a race that should prove more telling of his long-term potential.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin appears to have the most depth in the 2-year-old male division. Besides Charitable Man, a Lemon Drop Kid colt who posted a 97 Beyer for an

11 1/2-length in his debut Aug. 10 at Saratoga, he trains three other first-out winners that broke the 85 Beyer plateau in maiden races at Saratoga this summer: Regal Ransom (94 Beyer), Girolamo (87 Beyer), and Majestic Blue (86 Beyer).

Captain Steel has run the fastest Beyer on a synthetic surface by a 2-year-old this year, posting a 96 in winning a maiden race in his second start over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track surface July 13. He has not worked since being scratched from the Aug. 10 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar after reportedly spiking a fever.

Judging by the Beyers posted by the 2-year-old colts running in stakes on the West Coast this year, don't be surprised to see a newcomer play a major role in Wednesday's Del Mar Futurity.

Midshipman, who posted a 91 Beyer in winning his lone start for trainer Bob Baffert, looms a threat if he can avoid a bounce off a big first-out win. Another contender is Southern Exchange, a Canadian invader who won the July 19 Colin Stakes at Woodbine over the Polytrack there, earning an 87 Beyer.

Mani Bhavan fastest filly so far

The 2-year-old filly division is led by Mani Bhavan, who is perfect in two starts after winning the Adirondack at Saratoga with a 100 Beyer, the highest posted by a juvenile filly this year.

Also meriting attention are the fillies who ran second and third behind her in the Aug. 13 Adirondack - Doremifasollatido and Pretty Prolific. They had difficult trips but both earned 84 Beyers in finishing noses apart.

One talented filly with whom many horseplayers may be unfamiliar is Seacrettina, who has won her two races easily on the lead, including the July 26 Silver Spur Stakes at Lone Star, a race in which she ran a 95 Beyer.

She has been training in recent weeks at Remington Park.

Emmy Darling and Glitter City both ran quickly in racing over Hollywood's Cushion Track surface in June, with Emmy Darling winning the Landaluce with a 94 Beyer over Glitter City. But neither ran as quickly in the Grade 3 Sorrento over Del Mar's Polytrack surface Aug. 6.

Emmy Darling was a troubled third and Glitter City fourth in that race behind Evita Argentina, with both Emmy Darling and Glitter City running a 74 Beyer.

Their regression gives credence to the belief that some horses prefer certain synthetic tracks - just as some horses have a fondness for particular dirt surfaces.

For that reason, horseplayers will want to watch the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet closely this fall - to gain a feel for how the Pro-Ride surface plays and which Breeders' Cup horses might excel over it.