09/30/2009 11:00PM

Miss Georgie Girl looks to build on maiden win


ARCADIA, Calf. - The 2-year-old filly Miss Georgie Girl is already a step ahead of her Grade 1-winning older brother Georgie Boy, who needed three starts to win.

Miss Georgie Girl, in just her second start, won a highly rated maiden race Aug. 29 at Del Mar, an effort that stamps her as the favorite to win the $100,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies on Saturday at Santa Anita.

Race 4 on the California Cup card, the Juvenile Fillies was shortened this year from 1 1/16 miles to seven furlongs. Nine entered, including promising maiden Whispering Hush, Grade 1-placed La Nez, and statebred stakes winner Camille C.

But the horse to beat is the Kathy Walsh-trained Miss Georgie Boy, a daughter of Old Topper produced by the mare Ippodamia. Walsh was asked if the filly is at all similar to her half-brother Georgie Boy, a 4-year-old sired by Tribal Rule.

"Not really, except that she does everything so easy," Walsh said. "She is much smaller and not as robust as [Georgie Boy], and she's very much a professional."

Miss Georgie Girl made her debut Aug. 15 at Del Mar, about the same time Walsh pulled the plug on Georgie Boy's anticipated fall comeback.

"He got sore behind at Del Mar, that track was rough on him," Walsh said.

Georgie Boy, a 6-for-11 multiple graded stakes winner, was turned out and is expected to return in winter.

It will be up to Miss Georgie Girl to carry the banner for Walsh and owner-breeder George Schwary. She made her debut Aug. 15 at Del Mar, finishing fifth of 10. It was what Walsh expected.

"I thought she might need blinkers," Walsh said, and she wheeled the filly back quickly. "I don't usually like to run them back in two weeks, but the meet was almost over."

Miss Georgie Girl added blinkers and improved significantly, winning the 5 1/2-furlong race by a length and earning an 85 Beyer Speed Figure that towers over her Cal Cup rivals.

Although a slow (1:15) six-furlong work Sept. 25 at Hollywood was not by design, Walsh said Miss Georgie Girl bounced back with a sharp blowout Wednesday. Garrett Gomez rides Miss Georgie Girl, whose maiden victory was flattered when fourth-place finisher Judge Joan returned to win the $115,000 Barretts Debutante.

Whispering Hush, a maiden trained by Eric Kruljac, was favored to win her second start in the $100,000 Generous Portion on Sept. 2 at Del Mar. But the deep-closing filly was compromised by a pro-inside bias, and her rally-wide kick fell short by 1 1/4 lengths.

Kruljac also trains Juvenile Fillies starter La Nez, who finished third by a length in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. Based on class, La Nez figures prominently in the Cal Cup. However, the Debutante was a low-rated and visually unattractive race.

Camille C rode the pro-inside bias to victory in the Generous Portion. She is the only two-time winner in the field. Other starters include Take a Peak, Dinnr With Nikki C, Puritan Baker, U Turn Me Crazy, and Moon Quist Rose.