10/07/2009 11:00PM

Magdalena Chase sitting on a big one


Magdalena's Chase is looking for a stakes breakthrough, and her connections would like to see it come Saturday night in the $50,000 Flashy Lady at Remington Park. The six-furlong race is one of two stakes being run on the eve of the Oklahoma Derby. The other stakes on Saturday, the $50,000 E.L. Gaylord Memorial for 2-year-old fillies, drew three-time stakes winner Ruby's Big Band.

Magdalena's Chase is part of a field of seven fillies and mares in the Flashy Lady.

Syriana's Song is moving into the stakes ranks off three consecutive allowance wins, her latest a 14-length romp at Mountaineer for which she earned a 103 Beyer Speed Figure.

Classify and Stealth Cat form a competitive one-two punch for leading trainer Steve Asmussen, while strong closer Annie Savoy can take advantage if a duel develops between Miranda Diane and Magdelana's Chase.

Magdelana's Chase used her speed to wire the field in a $35,000 optional claiming allowance at Remington on Sept. 19. She was in for the tag, one start after finishing third in the $100,000 Remington Park Filly and Mare Sprint.

"It's the first time I'd ever sweated one," trainer Justin Evans said of the chance that he might have lost Magdelana's Chase to a claim. "[But] I needed that race for this one. She's kind of a real competitive filly, and I wanted to put something in her and really pump her heart up with a win."

Evans noted that Magdelana's Chase had trouble in the Remington Filly and Mare Sprint, when she set the pace and was third to Nadeshiko, who got through an opening along the inside.

"Nadeshiko, she hit the inside rail and it made her bounce into Magdalena," Evans said. "They played pinball there for two or three strides. It did knock her off stride. She only got beat a length and a half that day. Anytime we expect her to bust through with just a huge race in one of these stakes."

Martin Escobar will ride Magdelana's Chase for SEJ Stables.

Syriana's Song could go favored for trainer Tom Amoss.

* In the Gaylord at 6 1/2 furlongs, Ruby's Big Band figures to be a forward factor off a pair of wire-to-wire stakes wins at Assiniboia Downs. Dean Butler has the mount for Terry Propps and trainer Charlie Smith.

Sophana owns the field's best last-race Beyer, an 84 put up for a clear maiden win Aug. 23. Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Joe Petalino.