06/09/2008 12:00AM

Misty Ocean finds her niche


Misty Ocean's career has changed with a move to running around two turns on turf.

In the Grade 2, $173,250 Honeymoon Handicap, Misty Ocean won her third consecutive race, and first graded stakes, leading throughout 1 1/8 miles on turf. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Misty Ocean ($11.60) led by 3 1/2 lengths on the backstretch and was fully extended through the final furlong to hold off Bel Air Sizzle, who broke slowly.

Sweeter Still finished third in the field of six 3-year-old fillies after taking a brief lead in the stretch from Misty Ocean before fading in the final furlong.

Misty Ocean, by Stormy Atlantic, was timed in 1:47.56 after setting fractions of 23.75 and 47.77 seconds. Rosario expected Misty Ocean to be challenged by Sweeter Still, but that filly stalked the pace to early stretch before reaching contention.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for breeder Jim Plemmons, Misty Ocean has won 4 of 10 starts and $191,462. In three route races on turf since early May, she has won an optional claimer at Bay Meadows, the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. and the Honeymoon Handicap.

o Rebellion remained unbeaten in two starts this year, winning the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap in his first appearance in California.

The winner of the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland in April, Rebellion rallied from last of 10 to win the $100,000 Ack Ack by 1 1/2 lengths over Tropic Storm, the 2-1 favorite.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Rebellion ($6.80) ran 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:27.68. Tropic Storm, making his graded stakes debut, disputed the lead for most of the race, and finished three-quarters of a length in front of Stoneside.

Rebellion was considered for the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile here on May 26, but did not start after sustaining a cut when he kicked a fence. Owned by Hickory Tree Stable and trained in Maryland by Graham Motion, Rebellion, a 5-year-old by Mozart, has won 7 of 16 starts and $467,367.

0 Passified ($26), fourth in the 2007 Honeymoon, won her first stakes since July in the $78,275 Redondo Beach Stakes.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Passified ($26) stalked pacesetter La Tee through early fractions of 23.58 and 46.97 seconds, took the lead in early stretch and won by three-quarters of a length over La Tee. Passified ran a mile on turf in 1:34.18.

Fleet Caroline finished third in the field of 10 older fillies and mares.

Passified, 4, won the Flawlessly Stakes and Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap last July. By Compton Place, the British-bred filly is owned by Forging Oaks Farm and trained by Jim Cassidy.