12/26/2006 1:00AM

Jump On In drops into prep race


ARCADIA, Calif. - The first month of the Santa Anita meeting will give the 2-year-old filly Jump On In a chance to prove her reputation from last summer was a true indication of her talent.

Jump On In won a maiden race by an easy 5 1/4 lengths at Del Mar in August, but has failed in two subsequent starts, finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and second in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Thursday at Santa Anita, she will start as the favorite in a $50,000 allowance race for 2-year-olds over six furlongs. Trainer John Sadler is using the race as a prep to the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes over seven furlongs on Jan. 15.

Owned by CRK Stables, Jump On In drew the outside in a field of six, giving Sadler confidence.

"She drew a good post, and it's three-quarters," he said. "I think she's formidable in there."

Jump On In was recently entered for a stakes in northern California but it did not fill, Sadler said.

Jump On In was beaten a half-length by Quick Little Miss in the Moccasin Stakes over seven furlongs. She led by 2 1/2 lengths in the stretch but was caught in the final strides. It was a much-improved effort from the Debutante, when she finished more than seven lengths behind the winner, Point Ashley.

"I think she's headed in the right direction," Sadler said. "I think she bounced and has come back better."

Jump On In's main rivals Thursday are Free Bird Fly and Com Easy. Free Bird Fly, trained by Bruce Headley, won a maiden race over seven furlongs at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in October. Com Easy won a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park on Dec. 9. Both are making their first start against winners.

Tiznow's brother makes U.S. debut

C'Mon Tiger, a half-brother to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, makes his American debut in Thursday's fourth race, a $48,000 maiden race over a mile.

Owned by Jim Helzer and trained by Bob Baffert, C'Mon Tiger, 3, was purchased privately earlier this year from Michael Tabor. Racing in Ireland for Tabor, C'Mon Tiger has made one start this year, finishing fourth of 15 in a mile maiden race on turf while trained by Aidan O'Brien.

"To them, he didn't meet their standards," Baffert said of the Tabor-O'Brien team. "I hope they were wrong."

C'Mon Tiger has worked steadily in recent weeks, including a quick seven furlongs in 1:23.20 at Santa Anita on Dec. 13. Baffert had C'Mon Tiger at Hollywood Park briefly this fall but said the 3-year-old Storm Cat colt did not train as well on that track's synthetic surface.

"I think he's a one-paced, going-long kind of horse," Baffert said. "I was going to run him short, but he doesn't act like he wants to go short."

Helzer, who owned the champion Quarter Horse Refrigerator in the 1990's, bought C'Mon Tiger as a stallion prospect. Helzer has farms in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

C'Mon Tiger has eight rivals, including Ballado's Gold and Startale.

Ballado's Gold finished second in a seven-furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25. Thursday's race is his first start around two turns. Startale has made four starts, and was a game second in a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8.

Foxysox facing 'firsts' in La Brea

It may turn out to be a month of career-changing milestones for the 3-year-old filly Foxysox.

She got her first win on a surface other than turf in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap over Hollywood Park's synthetic track on Dec. 3. On Saturday, she will try for her first Grade 1 win and first on a conventional dirt surface in the $250,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs.

Trained by Carla Gaines for Warren Williamson, Foxysox has won four stakes this year, all at a mile or farther. Three were on turf.

"We've always wanted to try her on the dirt because of the way she's trained on it," Gaines said. "She had a grass pedigree, came from Europe, and was so successful early in her career that we didn't want to change anything."

In the Bayakoa, over 1 1/16 miles, Foxysox rallied from last in a field of 12 to win by a neck over the longshot Round Heels. Foxysox made up more than 12 lengths in the final three furlongs.

The La Brea is her first start in a sprint since arriving from England last winter. In England, Foxysox was third in two six-furlong sprints.

"The Grade 1 would be huge, but I feel comfortable she can go seven-eighths," Gaines said. "We'll have to rely on how the race sets up."

The La Brea is expected to draw an outstanding field. Among probable starters are Balance, Bettarun Fast, Diplomat Lady, Downthedustyroad, Getback Time, Les by Reigh, Squallacious, Tasha's Delight, and Vague.

Balance is the most accomplished among them. Trained by David Hofmans for Amerman Racing, she has won half of her eight starts and $570,159. She won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks over this track last fall, then emerged from the Kentucky Oaks in May with an ankle injury.

Point Ashley headed to January sale

Point Ashley, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante this year, and Downthedustyroad, who is being pointed for Saturday's La Brea, have been entered in the Keeneland January horses of racing age sale.

Both fillies are owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Baffert.

Point Ashley has not started since finishing second in the Oak Leaf Breeders' Cup Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Sept. 30. Baffert said that she will sell as a racing and breeding prospect. He said she is galloping at Santa Anita.

Downthedustyroad has won 3 of 9 starts and $132,050. She also has placed in four consecutive stakes, including a second in the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Oak Tree meeting on Oct. 1.