06/10/2003 11:00PM

Derby also-ran Supah Blitz eyes turf start next


MIAMI, Fla. - Supah Blitz, who returned from a brief rest on the farm following his 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, could make his next start on the turf, trainer Manny Tortora said Monday.

"He's not that far away from a race," said Tortora, who trains Supah Blitz for his wife Jacqueline and the Bee Bee Stable. "I probably will skip the next stakes [Unbridled on June 21] and look for a two-other-than allowance race on the grass. He ran pretty well the first time I put him on the turf."

Tortora was referring to Supah Blitz's third-place finish behind the favored Nothing to Lose in the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby here on New Year's Day.

Supah Blitz is a son of Mecke, whom Tortora won major stakes with on both turf and dirt, including the Grade 1 Arlington Million and the Early Times Turf Classic on the grass.

Supah Blitz, who is among 13 3-year-olds nominated to the $100,000 Unbridled, indicated his sharpness by working six furlongs in 1:13.80 on Wednesday.

Tortora is coming off an outstanding weekend, which included victories by three first-time starters, all owned and bred by George Stinebrenner's Kinsman Stable. Among the three is Mystical Delite, a son of Concerto, who was a game winner at first asking under maiden allowance conditions on Sunday.

Rosemary Homeister Jr., who rode Supah Blitz in the Kentucky Derby, was aboard all three Tortora-Steinbrenner winners.

Sherman-Salinas team clicks

Another owner-trainer combination coming off a strong weekend with young horses is Michael Sherman and Angel Salinas. They, too, combined to send out three winners, including the spectacularly fast Usual Manner, who sprinted away and hid from the rest of an overmatched field of $32,000 claiming rivals in her debut in Sunday's opener.

Usual Manner, a daughter of Double Honor, ran the five furlongs in 59.79 seconds, nearly a second faster than it took Mystical Delite to defeat maiden allowance competition.

Ivanavinalot heads Office Queen

Ivanavinalot will head a field of seven 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $100,000 Office Queen Stakes. It will be Ivanavinalot's first start here since she capped her outstanding juvenile campaign with a 13 3/4-length victory in the My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Oct. 12.

Ivanavinalot is hoping to rebound from two disappointing starts, in the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan stakes.

Storm Flag soars into Azalea

Storm Flag became a prime locally based contender for the $300,000 Azalea Stakes on July 12 by easily defeating older and more experienced horses by nearly five lengths in Sunday's Toga Toga Stakes. The lightning fast Storm Flag came within two ticks of the 5 1/2-furlong course record, while not fully extended at any point of the race by regular rider Gary Boulanger.

"I'll go right into the Azalea off this race," trainer Richard Root said. "This was probably her best race. It was also the first time she's run with a tongue tie and the first time she's run on Lasix."

Storm Flag has won four of six career starts, both defeats coming at the hands of Crafty Brat, who will have her final prep for the Azalea in Friday's $40,000 Race Artist Stakes.

The Race Artist lured a field of eight 3-year-old fillies, including the very impressive maiden winner Silver Lace and the stakes-placed Lavender Lass.

First juvenile allowance races yield upsets

The first two winners races this meeting for 2-year-olds on Monday resulted in major upsets, when Wind Glider and Prohibido Olividar won the open and filly divisions, respectively, of a first-level juvenile allowance dash.

Wind Glider outlasted a game Sea Clip to win the open division at 11-1 under Luis Arango. Sea Lion, the 3-5 favorite, finished last in the field of six. The win was the second in as many starts for Wind Glider, a son of Rizzi who is trained by Tim Ritvo.

"I guess I'm going to have to start thinking about a stakes for him next," said Ritvo. "Especially as game as he was today."

Wind Glider is not eligible for the Florida Stallion Stakes.

Prohibido Olividar was an even longer price, at 20-1, and a more impressive winner in the filly division of the 5 1/2-furlong dash. A Mister Jolie filly, she stepped up to allowance company off a debut win under a $12,500 claiming tag and circled well wide over a sloppy track to run down the leaders and win going away for trainer Manny Azpurua. Like Sea Lion earlier on the card, Sami's Girl was disappointing tiring badly and finishing far back as the 3-5 favorite.