12/04/2006 1:00AM

Dixie Magic takes next step


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Even though she ran for a $32,000 claiming tag in her debut, Dixie Magic impressed trainer Bill Morey Jr. For her second start, Morey has entered Dixie Magic against 10 rivals in a $40,000 starter allowance race at six furlongs Wednesday at Bay Meadows.

A 3-year-old filly, Dixie Magic scored by 3 1/2 lengths in her debut and paid $35.20. The victory was something of a surprise, since Dixie Magic is by Dixie Dot Com, a young sire who has not had much success with first-time starters.

Morey said the victory intrigued him, so he decided to take the next logical step with Dixie Magic.

"She came in well-prepared," said Morey. "It was a good job by everybody. Winning the first time out takes a team effort, beginning with the grooms. She paid a big price because Dixie doesn't have many first-time winners. She's not pretty. She's racy, but she outruns her looks."

Also in the field is Shesafamouslady, who comes off a debut victory of her own but at the bottom $8,000 claiming level. Classy Jo was claimed from a six-length win in a $20,000 maiden claimer in her last start after an eight-month layoff. Karens Kwik Wager, who has never finished off the board in five starts, also seems a legitimate contender.

The co-feature is a $40,000 starter allowance at one mile on the turf for 2-year-old fillies. Jadelet, who has a third and two seconds in her first three starts here after beginning her career at Emerald Downs, heads a field of seven. She made her only turf start three races back on Oct. 9 and finished third, beaten a length.

Wood Art won his turf debut, but switched to dirt most recently and finished fourth off a nearly seven-week layoff. Others who have won their lone turf starts include Pretty Funny, Me a Teaza, and Whims and Fancies.

Somethinaboutlaura leads way

Fourteen Cal-bred fillies and mares were nominated for Saturday's $100,000 California Distaff Turf Championship at one mile.

Among the nominees is Somethinaboutlaura, who has won four of her past five starts and three straight stakes, including a four-length win last time out in the Autumn Leaves Handicap on Nov.o18. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, she has also won the Cal Cup Matron and the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park this year.

If Somethinaboutlaura goes as planned, she is likely to be a prohibitive favorite. She carried 124 pounds in her victory in the Autumn Leaves, and it will be interesting to see what she will be asked to carry here.

Also nominated was Bai and Bai, a 3-year-old who returned from a six-month layoff Nov. 11 and won her turf debut in the Palo Alto Handicap. She will face older competition for the first time Saturday.