02/27/2007 1:00AM

Horse of the day for 2/1


Race 4 - Santa Anita
6 1/2 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming ($32,000)
3-year-old fillies
Purse $20,000.

CARLY EFFECT only sold for $10,000 as a yearling, but she is by one of the leading first-out sires (124-701, 18%), and she shows some solid works for her career debut. Her dam cost $70,000 as a yearling in 1996, and is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winner Duck Trap ($300,000 in earnings), multiple stakes-winner Penn Fifty Three ($372,000), and Grade 2-placed performer Dancer's Gate ($238,000). She is also a half-sister to Lizeality, the dam of Grade 1 sprint winner Carson Hollow (by Carson City). Trainer Gary Sherlock struggled in 2006 (2-95 record), but he already has a maiden claiming winner at this meet, and he also sent out maiden claiming firster To Kingdom Come ($1,100 auction purchase) to a good third-place finish at 40-1 odds on January 20. With speed on the top of his pedigree, and stamina on the bottom, it wouldn't be surprising to see Carly Efffect give a good account of herself at this elongated sprint distance.
Which CHOCOLATE HEAVEN will show up today? The one that ran a 64 Beyer over the Cushion Track two back, or the filly that was walked off the track last time out. She'll take a good deal of money off that Beyer, and she has yet to beat a horse in two starts over this surface. She may be an underlay. BULLYSIMA made a wide midrace move last time out before understandably flattening out late. Unfortunately, she's stuck outside once again. OPEN FIELDS shows competitive Beyer Speed Figures, and it's quite possible that the best is yet to come as she makes only her third lifetime start.
MY PAL BEN is a half-sister to Grade 2-placed sprinter Remembering Star, and she attracts Garrett Gomez for her career debut. Her dam was also stakes-placed going short, and the bullet five-furlong workout is interesting.
WONDERLAND was no match for a runaway winner in her first start of 2007, but should be tighter for this assignment, and may end up on the lead in this spot. HAPPYHOUR ATHEBRIG was the beaten favorite last time out, but may appreciate the turnback coupled with the addition of blinkers. She hasn't gained ground from the stretch call to the wire since her career debut on grass last July.

The selection: Carly Effect to win and place (8-1 odds or more)