08/31/2004 11:00PM

Juveniles run the show at Calder for a day

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LAS VEGAS - Calder has always been a haven for 2-year-old racing, and it now has its own unique racing day - a day devoted strictly to juveniles. Calder will present 13 races, including the Affirmed division of the Florida Stallion Stakes for colts and the Susan's Girl division of the series for fillies.

In addition to the stakes races, there are some intriguing maiden races on the program, on dirt and turf. The fourth race is a maiden event at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, and all 14 entrants are making their turf debuts. Though Lerma Time is on the also-eligible list, he would be a major factor if he were to draw into the race because, despite a wide post, he should love going first time on turf.

Lerma Time is by Afternoon Deelites, a gifted stakes performer on dirt who turned into a sire of superior grass runners. Lerma Time's dam is by Unbridled, but his next three damsires are all powerful turf influences: Northern Dancer, Sir Ivor, and T.V. Lark. Lerma Time has finished second twice and third twice in four starts, and should move up on grass.

One colt who should really appreciate the surface switch to turf is Son of Appeal, who is by Kingmambo's full brother, Miesque's Son. Miesque's Son's offspring are superior on turf, and he has a top horse in Europe, Whipper, who is scheduled to run in this year's Breeders' Cup Mile. Son of Appeal has shown some speed on dirt, but he is another colt who should move way up on grass. He has a T2 pedigree (turf from both his sire and damsire), and his damsire is the immensely versatile Valid Appeal.

Breaking from post 1 is Magnata, who finished a fast-closing fourth in his career debut in a $25,000 maiden claiming race at seven furlongs over a sloppy surface. By hidden turf sire Charismatic and out of a mare by established grass sire Red Ransom, Magnata is bred to succeed on grass and also will be better at distances over one mile.

The Catcharisingstar

The ninth race is the Catcharisingstar, an overnight stakes for fillies at five furlongs on the turf, and all are making their turf debuts. Bella Stella, a first-time starter by deceased freshman sire Chester House (who was a Grade 1 winner on turf), catches the eye. While she should love grass, she may be at a disadvantage sprinting. In addition to Chester House, who counted the Arlington Million among his victories, Bella Stella has an abundance of stamina in her pedigree (El Prado and Alleged). Her third dam is a half-sister to 1956 2-year-old champion colt Barbizon.

Cross-entered in the Susan's Girl, Cut the Mustard would be the deserving favorite in this field. Cut the Mustard won her first start and then finished second in the Desert Vixen, a division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. Cut the Mustard is by Double Honor, an unheralded son of Gone West who is very capable of getting grass winners. Considering her modest pedigree, she was a lofty $100,000 2-year-old purchase this past April.

One filly who fits this condition is Inrightclassitime, who is by freshman sire Straight Man, a very fast son of speed influence Saint Ballado. Inrightclassitime has shown high speed on dirt and could offer some value Saturday off her poor effort in the Desert Vixen. She should take to turf, with the Halo line on top and the stakes-winning turf horse Alwuhush (Nureyev) as her damsire.

The Susan's Girl

The Susan's Girl features two fillies by Yes It's True: Yes It's Gold and Midtown Miss. Yes It's Gold has been the flashier of the two, but Midtown Miss may turn the tables Saturday at seven furlongs. Yes It's True, the second-leading freshman sire (behind Successful Appeal), was expected to be a superior sire of win-early, precocious babies who would be at their best up to seven furlongs.

The filly to beat in the Susan's Girl is Aclassysassylassy, a daughter of Wild Event out of the Halo mare Musical Halo. Aclassysassylassy followed her 12 1/2-length maiden debut with a second behind Punch Appeal in the J J'sdream Stakes. She showed a new dimension by rating off the pace and rallied to win the Desert Vixen over Cut the Mustard and Yes It's Gold at six furlongs. Aclassysassylassy's dam, Musical Halo, has the Rasmussen Factor (inbred to a superior female within five generations through different individuals), since she is inbred to Almahmoud, through her two prolific daughters Natalma and Cosmah.

The Affirmed

The Affirmed features B. B. Best, one of two multiple stakes winners (the other is Chandtrue) thus far for Yes It's True. While B. B. Best has good early speed, he gets a boost of stamina from his damsire, John Alden, and his dam, Bold Juana, who is a full sister to the venerable stakes winner Little Bold John.

Favre, a son of Montbrook who finished second to B. B. Best in the Dr. Fager division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, has the look of an improving young colt, as does Hostile Witness, who was a closing third in the Dr. Fager at 20-1. Hostile Witness is another good-looking juvenile by leading freshman sire Successful Appeal, who has three stakes winners thus far in his initial crop. Notable stakes horses from this family include Richly Blended, Colony Light, and Kamikaze Rick.

Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash

Race 12 is the five-furlong Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash, the counterpart to the fillies' Catcharisingstar Stakes.

Lucky Frolic won a six-furlong maiden race Aug. 21 and comes right back in 14 days in the Fasig-Tipton. Lucky Frolic is a son of Carson City and is out of a very active female family. His second dam, Cherokee Frolic, has been a wonderful broodmare, producing Cherokyfrolicflash, Fabulous Frolic, and Winelight. With Carson City on top and Mt. Livermore on the bottom, Lucky Frolic should be dangerous sprinting on the turf.