12/20/2006 12:00AM

My Prefered's win record stand outs out


MIAMI - At quick glance, horseplayers might wonder how six-time winner My Prefered can be eligible for Friday's $17,500 feature race at Calder, which carries a condition that reads "for fillies and mares which have never won three races."

But closer scrutiny of the guidelines for the $25,000 claiming race reveals that 3-year-olds are eligible for the race no matter how many times they've won - giving My Prefered what would appear to be a distinct advantage over her five rivals in the six-furlong dash.

My Prefered has posted 5 of her 6 wins this year, including 3 of her last 4 starts. Trainer Steve DiMauro claimed My Prefered, a 3-year-old daughter of Dawn Quixote, out of a dull fourth-place finish in $10,000 company here on Oct. 29 and has realized quick dividends off the claim, sending her out to a pair of victories, including a game neck decision while racing with a $16,000 price tag on Dec. 2. My Prefered also owns the field's highest lifetime Beyer Speed Figure, 81, earned in her win in a $25,000 claiming race in early May.

My Prefered is one of four 3-year-olds in the field, although only My Prefered and Thief in Style have more than two victories.

A nicely bred daughter of Cat Thief, Thief in Style also recently won off the claim, stepping up to first-level allowance company and scoring a hard-fought neck triumph in her first start since being claimed for $16,000 by trainer Robert Duquesnay for the What A Fire Stables on Aug. 27.

The most intriguing member of this field is Chiara, a Uruguayan-bred who is still seeking her first win in the United States. A 4-year-old, she drops in against claiming competition for the first time in her career while also attracting leading rider Jermaine Bridgmohan. Trainer Marty Wolfson, who is winning with 37 percent of his starters during the meeting, will saddle Chiara, who could become the major beneficiary if all the speed starts backing up during the latter stages of the race.

Bridgmohan took off Vicky, an improving 3-year-old, to ride Chiara. Vicky posted back-to-back gate-to-wire victories under a $25,000 claiming tag before her streak was snapped when she ran third after failing to make the lead in her last start, on Dec. 7.

Love Snucks and New Jersey invader Open Your Mouth round out the field.