12/22/2005 12:00AM

Debutante a stakes in name only


MIAMI - Somebody will be getting an early Christmas present on Saturday after competing in the $50,000 Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Debutante Stakes at Calder.

The Georgia Debutante is a stakes for 2-year-old fillies restricted to progeny of GTOBA-nominated stallions, and the field has come up anything but stakes caliber. The nine fillies entered in the race have combined to win only six races, with one of those victories, Survicat's triumph in the restricted John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 12, a dead heat that came about after the stewards disqualified original winner Mia's Reflection.

will likely go off as the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Georgia Debutante, even though she has yet to cross the finish line first in five starts and must concede seven pounds to all eight rivals under the allowance conditions of the race. Trained by Larry Bates for owner and breeder Victor Kresic, Survicat will be ridden for the first time by jockey Luca Panici.

has captured just 1 of 6 starts but has been competitive in several stakes, including the John Franks Juvenile, in which she finished less than three lengths behind Survicat in her turf debut. Prospect of Love will receive a nine-pound weight concession in the rematch.

enters the Georgia Debutante a maiden, but has shown promise in both of her starts. In her debut, Florida Gal overcame a slow start to finish second going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track. She was even more impressive when she switched to the turf three weeks later, finishing a game second behind Stormer, a first-time starter trained by Christophe Clement.

Primetime Princess and Home Befor Midnite should assure an honest pace in the Georgia Debutante.

will try two turns and grass for the first time, and is coming off her best effort yet, a gate-to-wire 3 1/4-length maiden special weight victory at six furlongs.

set the pace for six furlongs before fading to eighth in the Cherokee Frolic Stakes last out, when she made her turf and two-turn debut.

Valentine Light and Tinkerbuck are each coming off an impressive win on the main track. Valentine Light drew off to a five-length victory in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race moved from the turf to the dirt here on Dec. 11. Tinkerbuck was claimed for $25,000 by his present connections off a 3 1/2-length win at Philadelphia Park on Nov. 6.