07/01/2010 11:00PM

Gotta Have Her ready to fire


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - In the moments after Gotta Have Her finished sixth in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 29, trainer Jenine Sahadi thought something was amiss.

Gotta Have Her had been fourth, within two lengths of the lead, with a furlong remaining in the 1 1/8-mile race, but she faded. Sahadi got an answer when she talked with jockey Tyler Baze.

"Tyler said she got really tired," Sahadi said.

The race should make Gotta Have Her better prepared for Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Royal Heroine Stakes over a mile on turf. Gotta Have Her is making her third start of the year, having finished third to top female turf sprinter Unzip Me in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita in her 2010 debut in April.

In hindsight, Sahadi questioned how much fitness Gotta Have Her got from the Las Cienegas.

"I didn't get much out of the first race," she said.

The distance of the Royal Heroine may be a better fit for Gotta Have Her than the Gamely. A winner of 8 of 26 starts and $882,608 for Green Lantern Stables, Gotta Have Her won the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar last September.

"I feel good about going a mile," Sahadi said. "If she comes back to her old self, she'll be good."

Gotta Have Her leads a field of six and may get an ideal trip. Burg Berg, seeking her first stakes win in her 13th start, will set the pace, closely followed by Rosey de Megeve, who was second in the Redondo Beach Stakes over a mile on turf here June 5.

U R All That I Am is after her third stakes win of the meeting, and first in a graded stakes. She won the B. Thoughtful Stakes, a main-track sprint, in April and the Fran's Valentine Stakes on turf in May. Both races were for statebred females. The Royal Heroine is her third start on turf; in the first start, she was second to Unzip Me in the Irish O'Brien Stakes in March.

"Her two races on turf are much faster than her main-track races," said Dan Ward, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's assistant. "There is one horse to beat in Gotta Have Her. It looks like we have a chance."