11/23/2006 12:00AM

Dramatic faces solid turf competition

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Dramatic returns to turf, her favorite surface, in a $62,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday.

A 4-year-old Dynaformer filly, Dramatic was favored at this level in her last start, which followed a six-week layoff, and ran second as the 6-5 favorite in a race that was switched from turf to dirt.

"She's not the same on dirt," said her trainer, Art Sherman, who with a 33 percent win rate is the hottest trainer at the Bay Meadows meet. "She's a lot stronger on turf. It's in her pedigree. Dynaformer is a good turf sire, so we're thinking it's a good thing for her to get back on turf.

"She's got some talent and hasn't reached her peak yet. She's lightly race, but she has matured. She's so big, she looks like a colt."

Dramatic graduated in a one-mile turf race and immediately tried a pair of graded events on the grass. She finished in midpack in the Grade 3 Senorita and next to last in the Grade 2 Honeymoon before returning to allowance company to complete her 3-year-old campaign.

After a pair of sprints at Del Mar, she came north and returned to the grass in a first-level allowance race. She scored a powerful victory, circling the field from midpack to win.

Turf seems the preferred surface for most of her opponents, too.

Both of Galloping Angel's victories came on the turf. Thrill After Dark, a claiming type, has 10 victories, with four of those wins plus a second coming from her seven turf tries. Cayerless and Hot has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 9 turf starts. La Balladar has a 1-1-0 record from 5 turf starts.

Three 3-year-old fillies have also sparkled on grass.

Stakes-placed Snowdrop won her lone turf start. Make a Pass is 2ofor 5 on the turf with a pair of thirds.Dramatic returns to turf, her favorite surface, in a $62,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday.

A 4-year-old Dynaformer filly, Dramatic was favored at this level in her last start, which followed a six-week layoff, and ran second as the 6-5 favorite in a race that was switched from turf to dirt.

"She's not the same on dirt," said her trainer, Art Sherman, who with a 33 percent win rate is the hottest trainer at the Bay Meadows meet. "She's a lot stronger on turf. It's in her pedigree. Dynaformer is a good turf sire, so we're thinking it's a good thing for her to get back on turf.

"She's got some talent and hasn't reached her peak yet. She's lightly race, but she has matured. She's so big, she looks like a colt."

Dramatic graduated in a one-mile turf race and immediately tried a pair of graded events on the grass. She finished in midpack in the Grade 3 Senorita and next to last in the Grade 2 Honeymoon before returning to allowance company to complete her 3-year-old campaign.

After a pair of sprints at Del Mar, she came north and returned to the grass in a first-level allowance race. She scored a powerful victory, circling the field from midpack to win.

Turf seems the preferred surface for most of her opponents, too.

Both of Galloping Angel's victories came on the turf. Thrill After Dark, a claiming type, has 10 victories, with four of those wins plus a second coming from her seven turf tries. Cayerless and Hot has 2 wins and 2 seconds in 9 turf starts. La Balladar has a 1-1-0 record from 5 turf starts.

Three 3-year-old fillies have also sparkled on grass.

Stakes-placed Snowdrop won her lone turf start. Make a Pass is 2ofor 5 on the turf with a pair of thirds.