09/03/2008 11:00PM

Much to ponder in Juvenile Showcase


MIAMI - Who will handle the turf? Who will stay two turns? Those are the questions handicappers must answer when trying to solve the four stakes races that make up the undercard on Saturday's Juvenile Showcase program at Calder. The card comprises 12 races, all for 2-year-olds, including the $150,000 second legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, the open Affirmed and the Susan's Girl for fillies.

There are two five-furlong turf sprints on the card - the Catcharisingstar for fillies and the open Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash - and two one-mile dirt races - the Lindsay Frolic for fillies and the open Seacliff. Each race is worth $60,000.

About the only known commodity in those four races is My Sweet Natalie in the Catcharisingstar. A daughter of Bring the Heat, she has already proven she likes the turf with her easy five-length victory in the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Juvenile Fillies Turf on Aug. 2. Jungle Jill, a distant second in that race, once again looms the one to beat if she starts. Jungle Jill was also entered in the Lindsay Frolic.

Oilgonewile, who has moved into trainer Joe Calascibetta's barn since her last start, has the speed to stay with or even outrun My Sweet Natalie to the lead in the Catcharisingstar, although she, like the majority of the field, has yet to set foot on the turf.

The Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash may be even more wide-open, with none of the 10 potential starters having any turf experience. Red Nation is the lone stakes winner in the lineup and should handle the going, being a son of the good grass sire Concorde's Tune. Red Nation used his abundant speed to capture the Frank Gomez Memorial earlier in the meet.

New God Code, who exits a very fast maiden win, and My Sweet Natalie's stablemate Silver Bayer, from the potent barn of trainer Wesley Ward, loom the major threats if they take to the grass.

The mystery surrounding both the Seacliff Stakes and its filly counterpart, the Lindsay Frolic, concerns distance limitations. Both races will mark the two-turn debuts of every horse in both fields.

This Ones for Phil, who is also entered in the Affirmed Stakes later on the card, figures to go forward a slight favorite if he starts in the Seacliff. A gelded son of Untuttable, he earned a spot in the first leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, the Dr. Fager, following his well-graded maiden win on July 27, only to lose his best chance when he got knocked about leaving the starting gate.

Decaf Again, a late-striding maiden winner going seven furlongs, and the speedy Bidham both figure to receive plenty of backing in a field that also includes key contenders Vinnies Wild Tale and March Twelfth.

If Jungle Jill passes the Catcharisingstar, she could prove the one to beat in the Lindsay Frolic, as she is already multiple stakes placed and will break from the advantageous inside post with an abbreviated run to the clubhouse turn.

Garter Belt, a wire-to-wire first-level allowance winner just two weeks earlier, will attempt to stretch her speed an additional quarter-mile. She figures to receive early pressure from Bridge to Gold, It's Just Gorgeous, and Tiger's Song.

R Brown Sugar, undefeated in two starts for Ward, and Sweet Repent, an impressive winner of her last two tries, must overcome tough posts, breaking from the outside of the 10-horse field.