05/04/2006 11:00PM

Mocita has three factors to make her a standout


It's all systems go for Mocita in Sunday's $45,000 Emergency Nurse Stakes at Calder. The Emergency Nurse, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, shares the card with the $75,000 Georgia Oaks, a restricted turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Mocita has three things going for her in the Emergency Nurse. She drops sharply in class from graded stakes, makes her third start off a layoff, and has the closing speed to take advantage of what is certain to be a fast pace.

Mocita finished second in the Grade 3 Sabin at Gulfstream in February and fourth in the Grade 2 Rampart there in March. The winner of either of those races, Taittinger Rose and Oonagh Maccool, would be a heavy favorite in the Emergency Nurse. Mocita, trained by Martin Wolfson and to be ridden by Eddie Castro, closed out her 2005 season with victories in the Storm Frolic and Stage Door Betty at Calder.

Several of the 10 entrants in the Emergency Nurse do their best running on or near the front. Perhaps the biggest threat among them is Take D'Tour, who is coming off a 10-length score in a one-mile optional claimer at Gulfstream. Take D'Tour, trained by David Fawkes, is a confirmed front-runner and must try to make the lead from the outside post.

The Georgia Oaks is restricted to the progeny of stallions nominated to the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Prospect of Love goes for her second GTOBA stakes victory, having won the Debutante - like Sunday's race at 1 1/16 miles on turf - in December. In her only start this year, Prospect of Love finished seventh in the $60,000 Gaily Gaily at Gulfstream.

Among Prospect of Love's main opponents are Mia's Reflection, a stakes winner on dirt who was disqualified from first in the John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf in November; Survicat, the beneficiary of Mia's Reflection's DQ and second to Prospect of Love in the GTOBA Debutante; and Saffronista, who will make her stakes debut off an 11-length score in a $100,000 stakes at the Ocala Training Center in March.