09/23/2008 12:00AM

Playing it cautiously with Details R Sketchy


ARCADIA, Calif. - Flashy debut winner Details R Sketchy is perfectly qualified to run in either Grade 1 for 2-year-olds this fall during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. But for now, trainer Carla Gaines and owners Burt and Jane Bacharach will take the low road.

Details R Sketchy won a Del Mar maiden sprint Aug. 31 by nearly four lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 91, six points higher than Midshipman earned winning the Del Mar Futurity. The two will meet when Gaines believes Details R Sketchy is ready for the deep end.

"Sure, I'd like to go in the Norfolk and the Breeders' Cup, but I'll take a back seat for now," Gaines said. "We opted to develop him, and try to not get too excited."

It will be hard not to if Details R Sketchy wins his second start Thursday at Santa Anita in a first-level allowance and optional claimer at six furlongs. He figures to start as the odds-on favorite in race 2, facing seven rivals.

"Those are odds I like," Gaines said. "But you have to maintain your sanity and realize that you have only had one 5 1/2-furlong race." And if he wins Tuesday? "Then I'll look at stakes," Gaines said.

Details R Sketchy is by first-crop sire Great Notion, and the first foal out of a dam who went 0 for 4 racing.

"He's a plain, little brown horse with somewhat obscure breeding, but from the day he came into the barn, he impressed us," Gaines said.

Garrett Gomez rides Details R Sketchy, whose dominance is so apparent that the race is not in the pick six. Things also get interesting for Gomez in Thursday's sixth race, when he will ride Eissoai for the second time. A Group 1-winning import from Brazil, Eissoai was an unmanageable handful in her U.S. debut July 27 at Del Mar.

She lugged in most of the race, and nearly clipped heels in the stretch. After the wire, Gomez used his whip on the left side of her mouth to keep her straight. Stewards asked Gomez later to explain his actions, which he did to their satisfaction.

Eissoai entered a race Aug. 21, but scratched after she worked too fast early in the week. Eissoai is expected to add an inside-cup blinker and an extension bit Thursday to prevent her from lugging in. Bobby Frankel trains Eissoai, who will run in a second-level allowance route on the Santa Anita main track.