10/08/2009 12:00AM

Lobo finds softer spot for Bubbly Jane


ELMONT, N.Y. - After giving brief consideration to running Bubbly Jane in last weekend's Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational, trainer Paulo Lobo opted to seek out an easier spot. He appears to have found it in Friday's $65,000 Possible Mate Stakes at Belmont Park.

A Group 1 winner in Brazil, Bubbly Jane faces no horses of such accomplishment among her seven rivals in the Possible Mate, carded for 1 1/4 miles over the inner turf course.

"I wanted to try her in a little easier spot before I tried her again" in a graded stakes, trainer Paulo Lobo said.

Bubbly Jane made an auspicious North American debut here July 22 when she won the Donor Stakes by a nose over Borrowing Base, who is back in this spot Friday. That was Bubbly Jane's first race since last Oct. 4, when she won a Brazilian Group 1, also at 1 1/4 miles.

Bubbly Jane last ran in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap where she finished fifth, beaten three lengths by Mushka.

"I was a little concerned about the race in Saratoga because I was so confident that day and she didn't run like I was thinking she would," Lobo said. "She came back well. I didn't find any real reason, so I gave her a little bit of time."

Lobo has trained Bubbly Jane in blinkers since the Glens Falls, and she will wear them in the Possible Mate. Lobo said Bubbly Jane will wear thin-cupped blinkers known as cheaters.

"I just want her to be a little more focused," said Lobo, who thought his filly lost focus in the Glens Falls between the five-eighths pole and the three-eighths pole.

John Velazquez rides Bubbly Jane from the rail.

There should be ample pace for Bubbly Jane in the race as both Zaskar and Diamond Dina are in this field. Zaskar has set the pace in each of her last two starts, including the Signature Stallion Stakes, where she was beaten a nose, and the Glens Falls, where she faded to last. Diamond Dina, who won a third-level allowance on the lead at Monmouth, makes her first start off the claim for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

Lavender Sky makes her second start for trainer Graham Motion after racing for Dan Hendricks in Southern California, where she won a 1 1/4-mile allowance race at Santa Anita and finished second to champion Wait a While in the 2008 San Gorgonio Handicap.