05/30/2006 11:00PM

Hybird Diablo gets the rail again


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Five 3-year-old fillies looking to make their name in northern California's deepest division will go six furlongs Friday night at Bay Meadows in a $40,000 optional claimer.

The race pits Hybird Diablo, Mamita Chula, Rio Rosie, Hunter's Fortune, and , with Hybird Diablo the only runner appearing for a claiming tag.

"It's been hard to get races for her," trainer Bill Morey Jr. said of Hybird Diablo, who earned a career-best 77 Beyer winning a similar race in the mud here on Dec. 31.

did little in her first start of the year on March 9, coming in last to Ladies Souvenir, with Rio Rosie also finishing in front of her, but she bounced back in her next start at Santa Anita, running third in a $62,500 claimer.

Although Hybird Diablo has posted the highest Beyer in the field, Morey said he is concerned after she drew the rail for the fifth time in nine career starts.

"The post is a tough one for her," Morey said. "I can't believe how many times she's drawn the one hole."

ran third behind Cause to Believe when facing males in the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa as a maiden. Her 2-year-old season was cut short when X-rays showed she suffered a broken shin. Following surgery, she has come back better than ever.

Hunter's Fortune missed by a nose in her May 7 comeback at Turf Paradise, then won an allowance race on May 13.

"The conditions fit her," said trainer Fred Costa, who brought six horses from Arizona for the fair circuit. "I got her started back at Turf Paradise. I jogged her a lot, but she had only two works before her first start. I

didn't expect her to run as well as she did, but she's run well both times."

The runner with the most upside in the field is Snowdrop, second in her debut at Golden Gate Fields before winning a maiden race here by six furlongs on May 19.

"I don't train her hard, but she shows a lot in the morning," trainer Gil Matos said. "She does exactly what you ask of her. She rates real easy, and when she's asked, she explodes."

The leaders of the deep 3-year-old filly division here include multiple stakes winner Victorina, who competes in the Grade 3, $150,000 Dogwood Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs on Saturday; multiple stakes winners Sierra Sweetie and Bai and Bai; stakes winners Press Camp, Hystericalady, and Seam Seeker; and Ladies Souvenir.

* Apprentice jockey Adan Landeros begins a three-day suspension Friday for "failure to make a proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch" aboard Monhegan in the fifth race on May 25, resulting in a disqualification from third to fourth.