01/02/2002 1:00AM

Phaenna best in Survive Stakes


ARCADIA, Calif. - Phaenna may have earned herself another year of racing by virtue of her front-running victory in Wednesday's $112,500 Survive Stakes for California-bred female sprinters.

The 7-year-old mare had not raced for more than 3 1/2 months because of a sore foot, and her future was predicated on how she performed Wednesday. "We decided that if she's running good, she'll keep racing. And she ran good," her trainer, Ed Moger Jr., said following the race.

Phaenna broke sharply from post five in the field of nine, dueled with longshot Secret Dream through an opening quarter-mile in 21.64 seconds, then gradually pulled clear of her rivals. She passed the half-mile mark in :44.98 en route to a final time of 1:03.38 for 5 1/2 furlongs on the fast main track. Phaenna won by 2 1/2 lengths over Song of Summer, who finished second for the seventh time in her last 13 starts.

Song of the Moment was third, another 2 1/2 lengths behind. Jeweled Pirate, the even-money favorite, was seventh. Jeweled Pirate, who won the California Cup Distaff when last seen on Nov. 3, added front leg bandages for the Survive.

Victor Espinoza rode Phaenna, who went off as the fifth choice at 13-1 and paid $28.80 to win. The victory was her 10th in 27 lifetime starts. She is owned by Curt and Lila Lanning, who bought Phaenna as a yearling for $3,500. She has now earned $413,349, including $67,560 from the Survive.