07/18/2005 11:00PM

Fantastic Year looks to go all the way


VALLEJO, Calif. - Despite stopping while sprinting in her comeback, Fantastic Year has a chance to go wire-to-wire in her first try at two turns on Thursday at the Solano County Fair.

Five other 3-year-old fillies face Fantastic Year in a $40,000 optional claimer at one mile.

Given a 10-week freshener and sent north to high-percentage trainer Terry Knight, Fantastic Year stalked a fast pace early before fading badly in an optional claimer on June 18 at Golden Gate Fields. The winner of that race, Court Seeker, is nominated to Saturday's Fairfield Stakes.

Fantastic Year was quite washy that day. She has worked well since and takes the blinkers off for Thursday's race.

drew the rail and has the natural speed to take the lead. The removal of blinkers could allow her to relax early and carry her speed all the way.

By Event of the Year, Fantastic Year's breeding hints that two turns is more her game than sprinting.

moves back to the main track after three tries on turf, including a second two starts back in a Bay Meadows allowance. Her biggest drawback is her lack of early speed, something that could prove her downfall in a small field without much pace.

Also entered are comebacking , who also sheds blinkers, and Quiet Rumor. Both are entered for a tag, although they are eligible to run under the allowance conditions.

Aim for Victory, who got a confidence builder winning a $12,500 claimer at Pleasanton, and La Balladar, who graduated for a $32,000 tag in her last start on the main track, round out the field.

* The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry of Music and Magic and Insurmountable will be the heavy favorite in a five-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies.

Music and Magic, who drew the rail, set the pace when second in a fast race June 19. She has worked steadily since then and gets Russell Baze to ride.

Entrymate Insurmountable is a $210,000 yearling purchase who capped a steady series of drills with a bullet five-furlong work.

Hunter's Fortune could challenge the entry. She ran a better-than-looks race in the Juan Gonzalez at Pleasanton on July 2. She broke slowly, rushed up, had to go wide on the turn, and finally weakened late. She draws the outside post and gets hustling apprentice rider Kate Repp.