10/11/2007 11:00PM

Model brings streak to stakes debut

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - The career of Model, the 3-year-old filly trained by Neil Drysdale, has been designed for races such as Sunday's $100,000 Harold Ramser Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

The filly is by top stallion Giant's Causeway and is out of Snowfire, who finished second in the English 1000 Guineas in 2002. So far, Model has won 2 of 3 starts. She will make her stakes debut in the Ramser, run at a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies, and enters on a two-race win streak.

"She's a very well-made, attractive filly," Drysdale said. "So far, she's living up to her pedigree. I think she's improving; she gives the impression that she improves."

Model will be tested in the Ramser, which has drawn a promising field of 10. The lineup includes Missvinski, who was second in a Group 1 race in France in July; Passified and Fleet Caroline, the first two finishers of the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar in July; as well as the California stakes winners Runway Rosie, Silky Smooth, and Spenditallbaby.

Half of the field ran in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 18 - Supposition, Gotta Have Her, Passified, and Spenditallbaby were fourth through seventh, and Fleet Caroline finished ninth.

Model won her maiden the following day at Del Mar and returned to win an optional claimer here Sept. 27.

Owned by Abergwaun Farm, Model breaks from post 9. Drysdale said she may need to be within range of the leaders in the final half-mile to be effective.

"She's still a bit green and she doesn't have instant acceleration yet," he said.

Model must catch Silky Smooth, who won the Viejas Casino Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 19 in her California debut. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Silky Smooth could have run in a Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park and Keeneland this fall except that Mullins prefers to stay home.

"We don't like to travel," Mullins said.

Since the Viejas Casino, Mullins said that Silky Smooth is "a little more settled. She's got a little more weight on her."

The Ramser Handicap will be the California debut of Missvinski, a two-time stakes winner in France and the runner-up in the Group 1 Prix d'Astarte on July 29. Missvinski is trained by Julio Canani.