11/19/2001 1:00AM

New climate suits Flying Tassie


Flying Tassie, a strong second in similar starter allowance company last out on Oct. 12, heads a group of seven fillies and mares in Wednesday's featured fourth race at Golden Gate Fields.

The six-furlong race is for horses who have started for $32,000 or less and have never won two races. They will be competing for a $22,000 purse.

Flying Tassie, conditioned by Jedd Josephson, has run well in her last four starts. A 4-year-old filly, Flying Tassie showed little last season but has shown improvement throughout this year. She finished second in a $35,000 maiden claiming race in February and then graduated from the maiden ranks in March.

Flying Tassie then finished third in an allowance at Aqueduct in March before taking a brief vacation and shipping cross country to the Bay Area. She made her local debut here last month and ran gamely to wind up second best. She should be ready for a top effort in this spot.

Overjoyed showed improvement in each of her three starts at Hastings Park and may be the upsetter here. Overjoyed finished third in her debut in June and then improved to second in her next start in July. She then had a brief respite and returned to win a maiden race in October in Vancouver. She has had one work over the local strip for trainer Barbara Heads.

Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will put the tack on Endearment and leading rider Russell Baze will be in the saddle. Endearment has been trying similar conditions around two turns and on the turf last out. She has finished third and fourth in those tries and may appreciate the cut back to six furlongs. She gained her maiden win at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita.

Just Another Day is shipping up from Santa Anita where she won her maiden impressively on Oct. 18. Trained by Ted West, Just Another Day rallied from just off the pace and drew off by eight lengths in a fast time. A repeat of that effort should make her a strong contender here.