02/14/2009 12:00AM

Frankel prepared for the weather


ARCADIA, Calif. - The depth of the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita on Monday will not be known until race day.

The entries certainly look attractive - 11 stakes winners among 14 fillies and mares - but expected wet weather could greatly change the outlook.

Excessive rain could force the race onto the main track and result in Modern Look, the 119-pound topweight, not starting in the one-mile race. The same goes for Magical Fantasy, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks last August.

On either surface, trainer Bobby Frankel may have the favorite for Juddmonte Farms. Modern Look won the Group 2 Prix Sandringham in France last year, the second group stakes win of her career. She has not started since finishing 10th in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last June. Modern Look has started only on turf.

"I'd like to run" Modern Look, Frankel said. "It looks like she would like soft ground."

If the race is switched to the main track and Modern Look is scratched, the Frankel-trained Jibboom could be favored. She finished second in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap over seven furlongs to stablemate Ventura on Jan. 31. Jibboom won an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park last November.

"I don't think she'd have any trouble with the main track," Frankel said.

The surface does not overly concern trainer Carla Gaines, who will start six-time stakes winner Foxysox. She won the Grade 3 Tuzla Handicap over a mile on turf here on Jan. 25. In December 2007, Foxysox won the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap on a synthetic track at Hollywood Park.

Gaines has a slight concern about the three-week gap between the Tuzla and Buena Vista. "She's coming back a little quick, but whatever," she said. "She's doing well."

Magical Fantasy has made two starts since the Del Mar Oaks, including a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park in November. She has not run on a synthetic track in this country, but did win on a Polytrack surface in England in 2007.

Trainer Rafael DeLeon will start Tizfiz in the Buena Vista, having scratched the mare from Saturday's Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap. DeLeon expects the Buena Vista to be run on the main track.

"I think Jibboom is the only tough horse," he said.