09/10/2008 11:00PM

Little separates trio in Ravolia


MIAMI - Trip players will opt for Asgoodasshelooks, the speed boys will favor Gaston A., while those who want a little class when making a wager figure to go for Mysterious Jule when the trio squares off in Saturday's $55,000 Ravolia Stakes at Calder.

The wide-open Ravolia is restricted to 3-year-old fillies and scheduled to be run at five furlongs on the turf.

Asgoodasshelooks took the worst of the trips when falling a nose shy of catching the pacesetting Gaston A. when the pair last met in the Genes Big Sky Stakes under similar conditions earlier this summer. Asgoodasshelooks was rated off Gaston A.'s blazing 21.11-second opening quarter-mile in the Genes Big Sky, then fell farther back when steadied in traffic entering the far turn. That trouble left Asgoodasshelooks with just a bit too much to do, as her final, courageous surge fell inches short of catching Gaston A. at the wire.

Asgoodasshelooks's abundant speed got her in trouble in her next and most recent start. She wound up in a suicidal duel for the lead before fading through the final furlong trying to stretch to 1 1/16 miles under entry-level allowance conditions. She worked a bullet half-mile in 48.20 over a very cuppy racetrack here on Monday, an indication she will likely be much closer to Gaston A. in the run down the backstretch in Saturday's rematch.

Gaston A. has won 2 of her last 3 starts, including a one-mile maiden win. She has been idle and shows no works since upsetting Asgoodasshelooks nearly two months earlier in the Gene's Big Sky. Gaston A. must also carry high weight of 121 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Ravolia.

Mysterious Jule gets some class relief while taking a sharp turn back in distance off a series of two-turn races. Mysterious Jule had little excuse when making what appeared a winning run in early stretch before fading to finish fifth as the 5-2 favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Noble Robyn Stakes two weeks earlier. Mysterious Jule is a stakes winner over the local course, having captured the one-mile Lulu's Ransom on

May 18.

Good day for Nunez, Wolfson

Eduardo Nunez, who will be aboard Mysterious Jule in the Ravolia, got his week off to a good start by winning three of the eight races on Thursday's card. Nunez shared the afternoon's number one star with trainer Marty Wolfson, who sent out back-to-back allowance winners Heavy Date and Ikigai.

Wolfson was also busy early Thursday when he worked his Grade 2 winner Golden Spikes an easy half-mile in 49.80 seconds just before the renovation break. It was Golden Spikes's first drill since he finished a tiring 10th after contesting a rapid pace in the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.

Tour Ireland returns from long break

Saturday's program will also feature the return of the exciting 3-year-old turf prospect Tour Ireland, who takes on older horses for the first time under optional claiming conditions in race 9.

Tour Ireland has lost once in four career starts, sandwiching three easy wins around a game second-place finish behind Sporting Art in the Grade 3 Calder Derby on April 26.

Tour Ireland has not started since winning his entry-level allowance condition by 5 1/4 lengths here on May 16.