12/01/2005 1:00AM

Double D Appeal in off long layoff


ALBANY, Calif. - Lunachick, Double D Appeal, and Thrilling Victory have something in common as they prepare for Saturday's $50,000-added Angel Island, a six-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Golden Gate Fields: Each of the three won a stakes in her last start.

But for Double D Appeal, the stakes victory came in the Nursery at Hollywood Park on May 16, 2004.

Trainer Jeff Bonde called the victory "unbelievable." Then a 2-year-old filly, Double D Appeal was mugged at the start and was eighth, seven lengths behind the leader, after the opening quarter. She rallied and won the race by 1 1/2 lengths.

"She ran huge," Bonde said. "She was cut up real bad leaving the gate."

The cuts took a longer time to heal than Bonde expected.

"She's been off a long time," he said, noting that she has worked nicely for her comeback, including a pair of six-furlong drills.

Double D Appeal is entered in an extremely tough race, however, and may need a race to do her best against a group this good.

Lunachick makes her first start since winning the Vallejo here on May 29. She is coupled with Somethinaboutlaura, a stakes winner two starts back.

A Maryland-bred, Lunachick was being pointed to the Maryland Million in October but passed because of a foot problem.

Lunachick has earned two triple-digit Beyers while winning three races and finishing second twice in five starts. Somethinaboutlaura, who set a pressured pace in the Cal Cup Matron before settling for fourth, has the highest Beyer in the field with a 103. No other filly has a triple-digit Beyer.

Steve Miyadi, who trains Lunachick and Somethinaboutlaura, said he would be watching the track carefully Thursday and Friday before deciding whether he would run the fillies.

"We'll hope for the best, but I'll have to see how the track looks," he said.

Thrilling Victory, unlike her chief rivals, has recency. She just defeated her odds-on stablemate Heavenly Humor while beating older in the Albany for her second stakes win. Her first stakes win was in the Bay Meadows Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

"This is a tough spot," said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "Miyadi's horses are very good, but we got a good draw, and there's speed for her to run at."