03/21/2007 12:00AM

Horse of the day for 3/22


Santa Anita - Race 6
1 Mile (Turf)
Maiden Special Weight
Purse $48,000.

MILLER'S TURBO was used hard to gain the early lead through a 23.31 first quarter in his turf debut, but he ended up fighting another pace rival (eventual fifth-place finisher Bad Boy) the rest of the way around. He won the pace battle, but lost the race war in the final strides. Trainer Doug O'Neill removes the blinkers in the hope of getting this son of Skimming to relax better in the early stages of the race, and Miller's Turbo should be prominent when they turn for home.
SOLICITOUS looms the horse to beat. The $900,000 yearling has a strong turf pedigree, and he returns to his preferred surface after a dull effort on the main track. Solicitous was washed out prior to his turf debut, and was checked in upper stretch. He was late to change leads, but once he did switch, he closed very well to be third despite being squeezed a few yards before the wire. He is still very green, but seems to have ability, and the addition of blinkers may get him to focus better on the task at hand. YANKEE BAY makes the important third start of the form cycle while adding blinkers, and those are powerful angles for a maiden. He boasts improving Beyer Speed Figures, and was making up ground in the stretch last time out. TENACIOUS STAR also adds blinkers after being a bit rank in his route debut. The half-brother to Breeders' Cup Mile winner Singletary took lots of money that day, owns competitive Beyers, and is a viable bounce-back candidate.
LEGATE finished ahead of the top pick last time out despite being angled to the middle of the course in upper stretch, and failing to change leads. He has the pedigree to be a useful colt, and should improve off that start.

The selection: Miller's Turbo to win and place (4-1 odds or more)

YTD record based on starts, wins, top pick in the money, and profit/loss of that day's selection: 24-4-9 (+$46.80)