Updated on 09/17/2011 10:43AM

Fudge Fatale best of winning bunch


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Five of the 10 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $75,000-added Bay Meadows Oaks are stakes winners. But Fudge Fatale, who will be making her stakes debut for trainer Beau Greely, could be the one to beat in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Fudge Fatale showed good speed coming down the hill at Santa Anita in April, when she won her maiden while making her fifth career start. She finished third in a 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint in her next start, then went wire to wire May 24 in a one-mile $80,000 optional claimer at Hollywood Park last time out.

"She's a pretty nice filly," Greely said. "Everything in her family starts to run at 3. They all come around late. She's a three-quarter sister to Enjoy."

Enjoy, who won her maiden on the turf at Golden Gate Fields and an allowance race on the Bay Meadows main track, won three straight before running second to Azeri in the Grade 1 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 24.

"I'm hoping she runs well," Greely said of Fudge Fatale. "If she does, we'll run in the Flawlessly," a $100,000 one-mile turf race on July 6 at Hollywood.

The stakes winners in the field are Amber Hills, Christmas Time, Lucky Sabre, Mac Melody, and Mavoreen. All but Mac Melody will be making their turf debut.

Can I Call You Dad, Fudge Fatale, and Gods Ear come into the race off turf victories. Cherokee's Disco, who has a turf win, and China Princess round out the field.

There will be plenty of speed for Fudge Fatale to contend with in the Oaks. Christmas Time won the six-furlong Emeryville on the main track here May 17 in wire-to-wire style. Amber Hills set the pace and re-rallied after being passed in the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields. Can I Call You Dad sat second early before pulling away in her two victories.

But Greely said Fudge Fatale can either set the pace or come from off it.

"If she finds herself up there on the lead, that's all right," he said. "If someone guns, she doesn't have to be on the lead. She's by Roar, and that family is versatile. Our whole deal is we don't care where she is as long as she's relaxing."