12/26/2008 12:00AM

Internallyflawless tops turf stakes

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ARCADIA, Calif. - A trainer best known for his work with horses on the main track, Bob Baffert has an outstanding turf specialist in the 2-year-old filly Internallyflawless.

Internallyflawless was second in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28 and will attempt to win her first stakes Sunday at Santa Anita in the $70,000 Blue Norther Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

To accomplish that goal, Baffert will start Internallyflawless without blinkers for the first time in her career.

"She got a little worked up at Hollywood Park," Baffert said, explaining the reason for the equipment change. "She's got a little Storm Cat in her. She keeps improving. She's a nice filly."

Owned by Charles Fipke, Internallyflawless won her turf debut here in a one-mile maiden race Sept. 28.

In the one-mile Blue Norther, Internallyflawless will be favored in a field of nine. She is one of two fillies in the field that have placed in a turf stakes, joined by April Pride, who was second and third in sprint stakes on turf in England during the summer.

April Pride made her U.S. debut in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf here Oct. 24 and finished 11th in a field of 12 under jockey David Flores. Trainer Jim Cassidy said April Pride has changed in the last two months.

"She's fitter," Cassidy said. "She's a tough girl. When you get her on the racetrack, she's tough to gallop. She's feeling good, she's that type."

Cassidy said he was disappointed with April Pride's loss in the Juvenile Turf. She arrived at his stable in the days before the race.

"They kept telling me how good she was training over there," Cassidy said. "David said he was out of horse early."

The Blue Norther will be the stakes debut of Navigator, who beat maidens in a six-furlong race on the main track at Hollywood Park on Nov. 16.

"We'll see if she can stretch out," trainer Ron Ellis said. "She acts like she can go two turns."

Dream of Kaylee tops juvenile allowance

Dream of Kaylee, the promising 2-year-old trained by Bob Hess Jr., essentially has had two campaigns this year.

In May, he finished third in the Grade 3 Kentucky Stakes at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week. After getting the late spring and summer off, Dream of Kaylee returned to score a convincing win in a maiden race here Oct. 26.

That win has set up Dream of Kaylee's first start against winners in a $48,000 allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs in Sunday's third race. Dream of Kaylee may go favored based on his three-length score from off the pace.

After that race, Hess said that he planned to wait for the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting with Dream of Kaylee. He has stuck to that plan.

Sunday's race has drawn only five runners.

Trainer Jeff Mullins has two starters - Leedstheway and Gato Go Win, who both come off a maiden victory. Leedstheway won his debut in an $80,000 claiming race for maidens at Hollywood Park on Nov. 16. Gato Go Win needed four races to beat maidens but did so convincingly, by 3 1/4 lengths at Hollywood Park on Nov. 8.

Gato Go Win outran Position A, who returned to win a six-furlong maiden race by a nose at Hollywood Park on Dec. 6 in his second start. Position A also runs in Sunday's third race.

Trainer Richard Mandella thinks that Position A has promise but is by no means a flashy colt.

"He's not a show-off in his races," Mandella said. "So far, he's done what we asked of him. He doesn't blast off in his work. We hope that there is more."

Impressive Luck II tops Monday card

There is an eight-race program Monday, led by the $70,000 Impressive Luck II Handicap on the hillside turf course. The race has drawn a field of eight, including Lucky J.H., winner of the Sensational Star Handicap here in April in his most recent start.

Trained by Carla Gaines, Lucky J.H. is the 117-pound topweight.

Plans for Desert Code

Desert Code, upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint here in October, will be pointed to the $150,000 Palos Verdes over six furlongs on the main track here Jan. 25 or the $100,000 Daytona Handicap over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course Feb. 15, said his trainer, David Hofmans.

Desert Code has not started since the BC Turf Sprint because of an ankle injury, but he has recovered from that problem, Hofmans said.

Ruhlmann dies at 23

Ruhlmann, winner of the 1990 Santa Anita Handicap and one of that season's top handicap horses, died Wednesday at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, Ky., Old Friends said in a statement Friday.

Ruhlmann is believed to have died of an aneurysm, according to the statement. A full autopsy is being conducted.

Ruhlmann was 23. An eight-time stakes winner, Ruhlmann had resided at Old Friends since 2004. He was sent there by by owners Jerry and Ann Moss following the conclusion of his stallion career. Old Friends said that Ruhlmann arrived as part of an endowment from the Mosses.

By Mr. Leader, Ruhlmann won 10 of 27 starts and $1,824,353. His most lucrative season was his final one, as a 5-year-old in 1990. He won two stakes - the Grade 1 Santa Anita and Grade 2 San Bernardino handicaps - and finished second in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special to eventual Horse of the Year Criminal Type. As a 4-year-old, he won four stakes, including the Grade 1 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park.