09/14/2006 11:00PM

Dirt now, turf later for Calamity Girl


ALBANY, Calif. - Calamity Girl's long-range plans include plenty of turf races, but she's plenty tough sprinting on the main track, too.

The 4-year-old Calamity Girl faces winners for the first time in Sunday's Golden Gate Fields feature, a first-level allowance sprint at six furlongs.

Calamity Girl showed steady improvement as a 3-year-old with a pair of seconds and a third. After spending 10 months on the sidelines, she defeated maidens in her comeback in a five-furlong race.

"She's bred through and through for the turf," trainer and part owner Brian Pitnick said. "We wanted to run her on the grass from day one."

Calamity Girl seems to have a nice blend of speed and staying power. With a nice outside draw, she should be able to get the lead Sunday under jockey Dennis Carr if she wants.

Pitnick said Calamity Girl is competitive and likes to race.

"The key is to get her to settle down a little bit," he said. "She had to go into the gate without her rider last time, but Dennis said she was fine once he got on her. She just needs to mature and relax."

Pitnick has concerns about Calamity Girl in this spot but no concerns about her quality.

"This is coming back a little quick, but it was either this weekend or have to wait three more weeks," he said. "She's wound so tight, I think the worst thing is not to let her out. She's always run well on dirt, too. She only went five furlongs last time, and she worked well since."

Pitnick plans to give Calamity Girl some time off after Sunday's race and get her ready for a 7 1/2-furlong race on the turf when racing shifts to Bay Meadows.

Pitnick gave her a break late last year because he didn't want to run her on the hard, sealed tracks that are used during the winter months. He gave her extra time because, he said, "If you have something that's really good, you want to err on the side of caution."

Calamity Girl will be tested Sunday. Highly Quick was an easy second behind a runaway winner last time. Brahms Allegro, a $450,000 purchase who closed for third behind Highly Quick in her comeback, has always been highly regarded.

Carr, who has ridden Brahms Allegro in four of her five starts, opted to ride Calamity Girl here.

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