02/07/2008 12:00AM

Lookinforthesecret may find distance troubles


Horse-for-the-course Lookinforthesecret clashes with Parade Dancer, a Grade 3 winner last time out, in Saturday's $75,000 Super Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

Although the 6-year-old Lookinforthesecret is 7 for 10 over Tampa's main track, including a 2o1/2-length win in last month's Pelican with a career-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure, the seven-furlong distance of the Super may be too far for him. In 28 starts, 16 on the main track, he has never raced beyond six furlongs.

In contrast, Paradise Dancer has won his last two starts going seven furlongs, highlighted by a neck decision as the even-money favorite in the Grade 3 Kenny Noe at Calder on Dec. 15. An 8-year-old gelding, Paradise Dancer is trained by Kirk Ziadie, who is 4 for 18 this meet with the horses he has brought to Tampa.

The possible spoiler in the field of eight older horses is He's So Chic. Second behind Lookinforthesecret on Jan. 12, He's So Chic will be making the second start of his form cycle and is eligible to move forward with one local race under his belt.

He also benefits from a 10-pound shift in the weights. He's So Chic, trained by Jason Servis, gets in at 116, six pounds less than he carried in the Pelican. Lookinforthesecret is one of three runners assigned 122 pounds, four pounds more than he was assigned for the Pelican.

One other hot horse who merits respect is Vicarian, who has two wins and a near-miss second in his last three starts. A 4-year-old trained by Ian Wilkes, Vicarian will be trying stakes company for the first time after winning a high-priced optional claimer at Gulfstream in his first start following a two-month layoff.