11/02/2012 11:00AM

Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview: Truly Marie, Bares Tripper shorten up in field of five


ARCADIA, Calif. - Long name, short field.

Just five 2-year-old fillies were entered in the first of 12 races Saturday at Santa Anita, the $100,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview Stakes. The seven-furlong race is supposed to provide a glimpse into what an actual BC race in this niche would look like, but given the dearth of entries – all five fillies are locally based, with apparently no outside stables having shown any interest – it could be this first running will be the last. That, obviously, is a question for another day.

In the meantime, this “Preview” event is the first leg of the 50-cent pick five on BC Saturday, which gives the race more meaning than it might have had otherwise. Morning-line favoritism in a fairly well-matched race starts from the rail out: Bares Tripper will break from post 1 as the 9-5 choice, followed by Switch to the Lead (2-1), Truly Marie (5-2), Unusual Way (3-1), and Sultry Season (6-1).

The top three choices all will be turning back from two-turn races, while the two outside fillies will be stretching out, making for what should be an interesting early dynamic. Trainer John Sadler believes Truly Marie and jockey Joel Rosario should be able to find a comfortable spot for the run down the backstretch.

“She got caught up in a speed duel last out,” said Sadler, referring to the Surfer Girl Stakes, a one-mile turf race on opening weekend of the Santa Anita meet. “She’ll like dropping back, and the dirt shouldn’t be any problem, as well as she trains on it. I think we found a pretty good spot for her.”

Truly Marie, a one-time winner from four starts, was 3-1 when she faded to finish fifth in the Surfer Girl, the same race in which Bares Tripper was fourth at 5-1. The fillies have similar form, with both having shown contending speed in longer races.

Bares Tripper will have Garrett Gomez aboard Saturday when she aims for her third win and second in an ungraded stakes. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Sky Mesa won the restricted Barretts Debutante at the Fairplex meet in September.

The only other Preview starter to have won a stakes is Unusual Way, who led all the way in taking the six-furlong Wine Country Debutante at Santa Rosa in her most recent race Aug. 11. Ramon Dominguez will have the mount for trainer Jeff Bonde.

Because of the Breeders’ Cup ban on Lasix for all juvenile races, all five starters will be competing without Lasix for the first time.