08/25/2009 11:00PM

Miakoda good after getting on grass


OCEANPORT, N.J. - For the first time in her brief career, Miakoda will get to run on the turf in consecutive races when she breaks from the rail Friday in a $41,000 first-level allowance for fillies and mares going five furlongs at Monmouth Park.

This will be the second start since May for Miakoda, a 3-year-old trained by Alan Seewald. The lack of action stemmed from a paucity of spots for a maiden grass sprinter, Seewald said.

"I entered her at four different racetracks and I couldn't get her in," Seewald said. "My hands were pretty tied."

Seewald ranged far and wide, even running Miakoda twice on the synthetic track at Presque Isle Downs.

"That experiment didn't go too good," Seewald said of Miakoda, a $175,000 purchase last spring. "She was bought down at OBS and she worked good on the synthetic there, so we decided to try it, but she really didn't run that good on it."

After finishing sixth at Presque Isle on May 30, Miakoda sat in the barn until a grass sprint for maidens turned up at Laurel. Back on the turf, Miakoda took charge early, pulling clear to a 3 3/4-length win.

This will be a stiffer test, tackling winners for the first time.

"She didn't beat a whole lot there," Seewald said. "Now we'll see what kind of ability she's got."

Miakoda ran twice last year, finishing up the track in the slop here before hitting the turf for the first time at the Meadowlands, an effort that confirmed her future was grass. Battling every step for the lead, Miakoda was beaten by a nose in her final start of the campaign.

"She really ran good that day," Seewald said. "She was a little bit on the green side, drifting a little bit in the lane in only the second start of her life, but she ran good."

While Miakoda is quick, French Dip could be the fastest of all in the early stages. A 3-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher, French Dip makes her grass debut.

French Dip won her debut at Gulfstream Park in February. In the six starts since then, French Dip has one second and a trio of thirds. In every one of those six races, French Dip was the leader through the opening quarter.