10/05/2006 11:00PM

My Dear Girl lures swift filly Saint Barbara from Suffolk


MIAMI - The imposing presence of the undefeated Straight Faced, along with a very strong supporting cast of locally based 2-year-olds, has apparently scared off any potential shippers for next Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes at Calder. But a less competitive filly division will likely get a visit from the Suffolk Downs-based shipper Saint Barbara, who is due down from Boston later this week for the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes.

Saint Barbara, a daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint, won her only start by 8 1/2 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs at Suffolk Downs on Sept. 27. Purchased for $37,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales April 2-year-old sale, Saint Barbara is owned by Aurora Springs Stable and trained by Rafael Ramos.

Saint Barbara will face a field that is expected to include a trio of juvenile fillies from trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.'s barn - Adrhythm, Snow Lady, and Synergy. Adrhythm is coming off an 8 1/2-length triumph in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl division of the Stallion Stakes and should be the heavy favorite in the My Dear Girl. Her stablemate Snow Lady captured the opening leg of the series, the six-furlong Desert Vixen, before finishing third in the Susan's Girl.

Both the In Reality and My Dear Girl will be decided at 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 14.

Synergy turned in her final major prep for the My Dear Girl when she worked a mile in 1:46.80 here early Friday morning.

Running Bobcats solid choice

Running Bobcats will be the odds-on favorite to capture Sunday's $45,000 Dolly Jo Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

The versatile Running Bobcats won the Ema Bovary Stakes on a wet track and the Distaff Turf Sprint handicap over a yielding grass course earlier in the meet. A daughter of Running Stag, Running Bobcats is coming off a wide-running second as the 2-1 favorite in the U Can Do It Handicap on Sept. 16.

Running Bobcats will carry high weight of 123 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Dolly Jo. Her chief competition figures to come from Midtown Miss, who finished fourth in the U Can Do It while making her first local start of the year and first since returning from New York and heading back into the barn of trainer Joe Calascibetta early this summer.

Two DQ's in same race

There was a rare double disqualification in Friday's fourth race.

The stewards disqualified Twentieth of May from second to fifth for drifting in and bothering First Interview during the stretch run.

B L's Sassy was moved from third to fourth after her rider, Eduardo Nunez, inadvertently struck Stashed Away across the face with his whip in the run through the stretch.

The rulings did not affect the winner, Indyan Lisa, who led throughout under jockey Elvis Trujillo and narrowly held off a final surge from Twentieth of May in the optional claiming race for fillies and mares.

Moubarak will train at Gulfstream

Mohammed Moubarak, former racing manager for the Buckram Oak Stable, will return to training this winter. Moubarak parted company with Buckram Oak shortly after the death of owner Mahmoud Fustok earlier this year.

Moubarak, who trained for Buckram Oak before taking over as racing manager several years ago, has applied for 10 stalls at the 2007 Gulfstream Park meeting. He said he has seven 2-year-olds belonging to his brother, Abraham Moubarak, in training on the farm in Ocala.

"I enjoyed my time as racing manager with Buckram Oak," said Moubarak. "We developed some really nice horses over the years, including Breeders' Cup winner Silver Train, but I decided I just wanted to get back doing what I love best and that's training horses."

* Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey will be inducted into the Broward County Hall of Fame along with five other athletes at a ceremony to be held at the Broward County Convention Center on Oct. 17.