11/02/2006 1:00AM

Filly and Mare Turf analysis



The only knock on OUIJA BOARD is price - her form is impeccable. Competitive vs. Group 1 males all year in Europe, her last five starts against her gender produced four Group 1 wins and a runner-up finish last year in this race behind a loose-on-the-lead longshot. Until proven otherwise, Ouija Board is Queen of the World and the best mare in this field. Euro-import SATWA QUEEN arrives on an upward pattern, and is qualified to upset off a good second last month in a Group 1 in France. WAIT A WHILE has won all four of her turf races by margins no less than 4 1/2 lengths, including two Grade 1's. She has tactical speed, and she can finish. It's a lethal combination. DANCING EDIE can outrun her odds, because she is likely to set the pace and she does not easily surrender. She is a must-use in vertical exotics.


OUIJA BOARD won this race in 2004, then finished second last year. She lost by only a neck to Dylan Thomas while battling males in the Group 1 Irish Champion in her last start. She'll be hard to deny vs. fillies and mares today. WAIT A WHILE is traveling in peak form. She has won four straight races by 4 1/2 or more lengths, and will be a prime contender from just off the pace. QUIET ROYAL was stuck behind a slow pace and closed to finish third at Keeneland. She can participate in the exotics at attractive overlaid odds. SATWA QUEEN finished a close second vs. Group 1's at Longchamp last time and deserves plenty of respect. She will offer betting value in the exotics, and might upset them all on her best day. FILM MAKER can get a part.


You could WAIT A WHILE and not see a filly do the things this gray destroyer has done winning four turf starts on both coasts by open lengths. After overcoming severe trouble to win her maiden, she didn't get back to grass until demolishing an American Oaks field that included E.P. Taylor winner Arravale, and she was similarly awesome blowing away highly regarded Lady of Venice in the Lake Placid and older Grade 1 winner Dancing Edie in the Yellow Ribbon. In the past 53 weeks OUIJA BOARD has raced in the U.S., Japan, Hong Kong, England and Ireland against the world's best male turf horses; it's possible she may be over the top after two taxing races in late summer, and she tends to wait on horses but she is far too accomplished to take lightly. SATWA QUEEN, pointed to this, is third off a layoff after game finish vs. Mandesha (5 for 7); the softer the better.


OUIJA BOARD won this race in 2004, and is in much better form than she was when second in this race last year. She is truly a great mare who has had success all over the world, and against top-class males. It would not be a surprise if WAIT A WHILE proves to be Ouija Board's equal, for that's how impressive she has been since returning to turf. She has dominated three straight stakes since the surface switch, and her positional speed makes her adaptable to various pace scenarios. HONEY RYDER is a fine mare who loves to win, as underscored by victories in seven of her last nine starts. She likes the distance, too, but just seems a cut below the top two. FILM MAKER is very close to Honey Ryder in terms of ability, but requires a strong pace to make her late run most effective.