07/18/2007 11:00PM

Dirt just fine for Potra Clasica


MIAMI - Opportunity knocks just twice for fillies and mares to earn serious money going a distance of ground over the main track during the 2007 Calder meeting.

The first chance comes in Saturday's $90,000 Nancy's Glitter Handicap, highlight of a 13-race card that also includes the $50,000 Noble Robyn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

The Nancy's Glitter is one of just two stakes for the main track for the filly and mare handicap division during the meet. The other is the $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap on Oct. 13.

A field of nine entered the Nancy's Glitter, including 3-year-olds Suaveness and Casa Mimaty, both of whom are cross-entered in the Noble Robyn.

Potra Clasica, who was beaten as the 2-5 favorite in the Liberada Stakes on the grass on June 24, will return to perhaps her favored surface in the Nancy's Glitter. A 6-year-old Argentine-bred mare, Potra Clasica was an easy winner of the Emergency Nurse overnight stakes on May 6, her only victory in six starts this year. She was stakes-placed three times this year, including in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Handicap over the Gulfstream Park turf in her season debut.

Trained by Marty Wolfson, Potra Clasica will carry high weight of 121 pounds, including apprentice rider Jermaine Bridgmohan, under the allowance conditions of the Nancy's Glitter.

Mia's Reflection, a multiple stakes winner over this course, Cat Can Do, and Saffronista are among the top older runners in the field.

Both Suaveness and Casa Mimaty, figure to be major players if they opt for the Nancy's Glitter.

Suaveness finished second, losing by a half-length to Silver-inyourpocket, in the seven-furlong Grade 3 La Troienne Stakes on May 5 at Churchill Downs. But she has tailed off in two subsequent tries going a mile. Owned and trained by Robert Arango, Suaveness finished second behind the graded stakes winner Cotton Blossom this spring in the Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.

Casa Mimaty is a steadily improving filly who has won her last two starts by a combined 18 lengths. She dominated Suaveness while winning the Strikethedancer overnight stakes over a sloppy track by a widening seven lengths on July 7.

If the Noble Robyn stays on the grass as scheduled, Snow Cone - trained by Wolfson and ridden by Bridgmohan - is the horse to beat. A consistent daughter of Crytpoclearance, she has not started since finishing a troubled second behind Wine Diva as the favorite in the restricted Georgia Oaks Stakes on May 5. She will be seeking her first win in four tries at 3.

Marista, who upset Snow Cone here as 2-year-olds last fall, exits the best race of her career. She was beaten a head by Cozzi Capital after being hung wide the entire trip in a first-level allowance race over the turf on June 30. Cozzi Capital is also among the key contenders in the Noble Robyn, along with Sweet Exchange and Dantrelle Light.