02/13/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 2/14


Santa Anita - Race 5
7 Furlongs
Maiden Claiming ($32,000)
3-year-old fillies
Purse $20,000.

CHOCOLATE HEAVEN finished ahead of a couple of today's rivals when failing to outkick "Horse of the Day" Carly Effect on February 1, but it was her first start since being pulled up as the even-money favorite, and it's possible she needed the race. She has good early speed, catches a field without much zip, and may be tough to catch when they swing into the stretch. A repeat of the 64 Beyer Speed Figure earned over Cushion Track three starts ago would be good enough to beat this bunch.
SERENA'S FUTURE makes the important third start of the form cycle, gets 10 lbs. from the top pick with bug jock named to ride, and also has some early speed. She should appreciate turning back in distance, and may get first crack on the top selection at a price. SHAEALLTHEWAY had a tough task on January 19 as she attempted to rally over a speed-favoring track in her first start following a layoff line. She should improve off that wide effort, and would benefit if the top two selections hook up out of the gate. MOLLIE MOOMOO finished off her juvenile campaign with two losses as the favorite, and she has yet to gain ground from the stretch call to the finish. She has some stalking ability, and may find a good spot in the second flight while clear of traffic.
PALM BREEZE took a good deal of money for SoCal debut, but was no match for the even-money, gate-to-wire winner. She was claimed from the race by Ted West (31-99, 31%, $2.29 ROI off the claim over the past five years), and has license to improve in her second start back. AFLEET'S DESIRE didn't do much running in career debut on grass, but takes a huge drop in class here, and should show more. Her dam won five sprints on the main track. CLASSY DISH earned a big number sprinting two back, but regressed when making a wide midmove going two turns last time out. Should like turning back, and the barn has sent out live horses at the meet. LADY LESSIE was claimed by top connections from dull maiden run at 58-1, and now adds Lasix. Don't count her out.

The selection: Chocolate Heaven to win and place (4-1 or more)

YTD statistics (starts - wins, top pick in the money, profit/loss based on day's wager): 14-2 (5) +$40