11/30/2007 1:00AM

Excessive Heat goes long for first time

EmailMIAMI - Excessive Heat has already proven she is a stakes-caliber sprinter on the grass. The big question is whether she can carry her abundant speed around two turns when she stretches out to 1 1/16 miles in Sunday's $75,000 GTOBA Debutante Stakes at Calder. The GTOBA Debutante is restricted to 2-year-old fillies who are progeny of Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association-nominated stallions.

Excessive Heat posted back-to-back one-sided wins going five furlongs in the GTOBA Juvenile Fillies Turf Dash on Aug. 4 and the Catcharisingstar Stakes four weeks later. She won the Catcharisingstar by 3 1/2 lengths despite stumbling badly leaving the gate.

Trainer Larry Rivelli purchased Excessive Heat privately for himself and partner Richard Ravin following the GTOBA Turf Dash. A daughter of Bring the Heat, Excessive Heat shipped to Kentucky during the fall but has not raced since the Catcharisingstar or recorded a published workout since she blistered five furlongs in 58.80 seconds at Keeneland on Oct. 17.

If Excessive Heat cannot handle the distance, Wise Cookie, Robbie's Gal, and Pinfree may prove the most logical alternatives.

Wise Cookie outlasted Robbie's Gal by a neck to capture the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes on Nov. 10, but must concede that rival eight pounds in the rematch under the allowance conditions of Sunday's race.

Robbie's Gal was stretching out around two turns and also trying grass for the first time in the John Franks Juvenile. She appeared to have Wise Cookie measured in early stretch, but hung through the final furlong and had to settle for second in her stakes debut.

"I was very happy with her effort in the John Franks, although that was the second time she's run up to the leader and wouldn't go by," said Steve DiMauro, who trains Robbie's Gal. "So I'm going to try blinkers on her Sunday and hope that makes the difference."

DiMauro said he's also hoping somebody will entertain Excessive Heat on the lead in the GTOBA Debutante.

"There appears to be some speed in the race," said DiMauro.

Pinfree scratched out of a starter allowance race over the main track on Friday to try her luck for the second time on turf in the Debutante. Pinfree has won three straight since being claimed by trainer Milt Wolfson for $25,000 out of her debut here on Aug. 4, including a five-furlong allowance race on turf one month ago.

Purses restored, except for stakes

Calder returned purses to their former level here this week after slashing them by 7 percent two weeks earlier. Management will continue to monitor business on a weekly basis and alter purses accordingly through the end of the meet on Jan. 2.

The purses for overnight stakes, which were reduced from $50,000 to $35,000 last month, were not re-instated.

* Marland Suckie, who has ridden sparingly in 2007, made the most of one of his limited opportunities when he guided Cherokee Heat to an easy win for trainer Garry Lee in Friday's fourth race. The win was the second this year from just 24 mounts for Suckie.

* Apprentice Jose Colon posted back-to-back victories on Friday, winning the second race with Hold That Prospect and the third aboard longshot Matchbook. Colon is the leading bug rider at the meet and fifth in the overall standings.