07/26/2007 11:00PM

Impressive debut victors meeting up


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Rubies R Forever didn't get a lot of encouragement in the final stages of her winning debut at Monmouth Park.

Turns out, none was needed. A homebred racing for Mac Fehsenfeld, she drew off to a two-length victory on July 15 despite jockey Daniel Centeno dropping the whip a furlong from the finish.

Rubies R Forever now steps up to a stakes Sunday at Monmouth, facing five rivals in the $60,000 Colleen for 2-year-old fillies. The 5 1/2-furlong race is the prep for the $100,000 Sorority Stakes here on Sept. 2.

"She won that first race on her own," said trainer Dennis Manning. "I thought she ran impressively. We thought she would, but you never know what first-time starters are going to do."

The bettors didn't have a clue as Rubies R Forever, sporting some mediocre works, went off at 10-1.

"It wasn't a surprise to us," Manning said. "We knew what this filly was for us in Ocala, before we brought her up here. There was no need to work her fast."

Centeno has the return call.

New York City Girl, trained by Todd Pletcher, was also an impressive winner at Monmouth in her debut, beating three rivals by 11 3/4 lengths on June 14.

"Although there were only four horses in the race, she did it the right way," said jockey Chris DeCarlo. "I sat on her the first part, and she really finished well. I hand-rode her for the final eighth in 12 seconds."

Although Pletcher has a division at Monmouth, New York City Girl has done all her recent training at Saratoga.

"She's been training over the Oklahoma track, which is a lot deeper than here," DeCarlo said. "She should be plenty fit."

Dubit has the most experience in field with three starts. She also owns the highest Beyer Speed Figure.

Dubit debuted at Keeneland for trainer Steve Asmussen, just missing at 4 1/2 furlongs. She came off the Polytrack to win a maiden race next time out at Churchill Downs, earning a Beyer Figure of 88.

Her next stop was the Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park on July 1, when she finished second while caught in tight quarters.

Joe Bravo, Monmouth's leading rider, will be aboard.

L'Aziza will add Lasix for her first start since winning her maiden at Churchill Downs for trainer Patrick Biancone on May 3.

Sammy Van Ammy will face open company for the first time after posting a win and second in two starts here against New Jersey-breds.

Expect the End completes the field.