10/10/2001 11:00PM

Ms. Brookski's turnaround


MIAMI - Since Ms. Brookski was defeated by 26 lengths in the opening leg of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Series, it might be hard to imagine that nine weeks later she even would be in the field for the series finale, the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, which will be run Saturday.

But Ms. Brookski is not only in the series finale with eight other runners, she is also likely to win it.

Since her dismal showing in her stakes debut in the six-furlong Desert Vixen Stakes, a performance that can partly be attributed to the fact she hit the gate and broke poorly, Ms. Brookski has risen to the top of the local division of 2-year-old fillies.

She did so since the addition of Lasix, blinkers, and being stretched out around two turns by her trainer, Reed Combest, who trains the filly for his son, owner Phil Combest.

Ms. Brookski bounced back from her nightmarish outing in the Desert Vixen to dominate preliminary allowance foes by 11 lengths at a mile on Sept. 1. Three weeks later, she overcame another poor start and a somewhat eventful trip to out-game Redoubled Miss in the mile-and-70- yard Brave Raj Stakes.

"We never did get down or lose confidence in her after the Desert Vixen," Reed Combest said. "She had enough excuses in that race to get any 2-year-old beat. She's doing as good or better now than at any time we've had her. She's at her peak. I really expect her to run a big race on Saturday."

In contrast to Ms Brookski, who brought just $8,500 at the 2000 August yearling sales, there is Bold World, who cost her owner Amy Tarrant $475,000. But Bold World quickly returned to Tarrant part of the purchase price by winning the $125,000 Susan's Girl Stakes, the middle leg of the Stallion Series, in only her second career start.

Bold World, a daughter of Fortunate Prospect, stretched out around two turns for the first time in the Brave Raj and finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Ms Brookski after contesting much of the pace.

"I hadn't really planned on going in the Brave Raj, so the race should do her a lot of good," said trainer Ron Taylor. "She couldn't be doing any better, and to tell the truth, I'd be really surprised and disappointed if she doesn't win the My Dear Girl. And I never, never say things like that."

Trainer Ralph Ziadie, who won the My Dear Girl with Valid Forbes last year, will send out her full sister, Pharmstar, and stablemate Redoubled Miss this year.

Pharmstar has won two of three starts, including the Desert Vixen. Her only setback came against Bold World in the Susan's Girl. Unfortunately for Ziadie, Pharmstar lost nearly two weeks of training since that race, after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her epiglottis.

Blissful Kiss, easy winner of the J j'sdream Stakes, and the maiden Sweep Princess also loom as key contenders in the My Dear Girl.

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