10/31/2007 11:00PM

Mullins finds good spot for filly

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Even though Runforthemoneybaby only lost the Oak Leaf Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths to a filly who would have been one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, there was never any thought of taking her to Monmouth Park. Runforthemoneybaby was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup, so she would have had to been supplemented. And with the California Cup awaiting a week later, the options became obvious.

When the rains came last week to Monmouth Park, Runforthemoneybaby was high and dry. There was not a twinge of regret on the part of trainer Jeff Mullins.

"I wasn't sure she would handle the dirt, and when I saw what it looked like at the Breeders' Cup, I was glad we stayed home," Mullins said Thursday morning.

Runforthemoneybaby should be favored against seven rivals in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies, the third race on the Saturday card at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. She has already won around two turns and proved she is not far off the best open company on this circuit in the Oak Leaf, when she finished third to Cry and Catch Me and Izarra.

"I thought she ran awesome," Mullins said. "If she'd have gotten a little cleaner trip, she might have had her picture taken."

Runforthemoneybaby, who has made all four of her starts on synthetic surfaces, has raced three times for Mullins. After finishing second in a maiden sprint at Del Mar, she stretched out to a mile to defeat maidens, then was third in the Oak Leaf, which, like the Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies, is at 1 1/16 miles.

"I thought she'd like two turns," Mullins said. "She's a full sister to Spenditallbaby. She's done everything we've asked so far."

Love Ya Bye is wheeling back just 16 days after a debut win sprinting against maidens. She was ignored at 12-1 in a six-horse field, but won like a filly with a bright future.

"She acts like a pretty nice filly," her trainer, Jack Carava, said Thursday morning. "I didn't plan on running her back this quick, because she's a little high strung. But she took her race well, and everyone involved with her - the owner, racing manager, me - agreed to do this. She fits well with these. And she's got the right style."

Carava said the outside post might help Love Ya Bye, in that it would force her to relax early, which he said has been the key to her success.

"She came into me with high hopes, but when I first trained her, she'd go head-and-head with another horse and stop," Carava said. "We turned her out at Del Mar, and when she came back, we'd let her sit off another horse in her works and finish. That's her style. When she doesn't relax, she doesn't finish."

Cantina's Rose won nicely against maidens in a sprint here Sept. 30 following a troubled debut at Del Mar. She is bred to run long and her inside post should afford her a good trip.