09/06/2008 12:00AM

Outofthepast makes return to dirt


Early in her career, Outofthepast displayed enough talent to finish second at 3-2 odds in the Grade 3 Sorrento and missed third by a nose in the Grade 2 Del Mar Debutante.

Two years later, the now 4-year-old Outofthepast is still looking to clear her first allowance condition and returns to the dirt while making her first start for trainer Brian Koriner in Monday's feature at Fairplex Park.

The six-furlong sprint, a first-level optional $40,000 claimer, drew a field of seven fillies and mares.

Based strictly on dirt form, Outofthepast looks pretty good in this spot. After five unsuccessful starts on turf and synthetic surfaces this year, she's back on dirt, where she posted her only victory and recorded her career-best Beyer Speed Figure.

The other six horses in the field are a collective 2 for 19 on dirt.

Inspiration Within has flashed high speed in her last four starts, all on synthetic tracks, and is a threat to steal this race on the lead if she adapts to the surface switch.

Star Voyager owns a 2-for-5 record on dirt and is the lone runner in the race to have won previously on the Fairplex bullring. She remains eligible for this condition despite a wire-to-wire win in a first-level allowance contested at 1 1/16 miles last year because that victory came against California-breds and Monday's race is for open company.

Star Voyager hasn't raced since February, but shows a pair of impressive bullet works at Del Mar within the past three weeks.

Despite an 0-for-11 record on dirt, La Mandonna merits respect because of her new connections. She will be making her second start off the claim for trainer Jeff Mullins, who shows a three-year record in Fairplex sprints of 14 for 90 (36 percent), according to DRF's Formulator.

In addition, La Mandonna steps way up in class, running for the $40,000 optional claiming tag after winning for $20,000. Mullins is 14 for 40 (35 percent) with claiming horses taking a big class hike off a victory.

King City Kitty takes a similiar rise first time off the claim for Ted H. West. West is 2 for his last 10 with horses switching from synthetic to dirt, but is only 1 for 6 in Fairplex sprints.

Another horse changing barns off a claim, Cherie's Dream, shows good recent form but has made all 12 of her career starts on turf or synthetic surfaces, and her trainer, Rafael DeLeon, is 1 for his last 22 at Fairplex.