10/13/2004 11:00PM

Power Wave faces stiff stakes test


PHOENIX - So far it's been a walk in the park for juvenile colt Power Wave, but things figure to get tougher in Saturday's colts and geldings division of the $35,000 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes. Meanwhile, Lady Bertrando looks to validate her romping maiden win here a few weeks ago in the filly division. Both Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association stakes are at six furlongs, with the fillies in race 7 and the males in race 8 on the nine-race program.

Power Wave is the marquee name among the 11 entered in the males division. A son of All Thee Power, he is trained by Michael Lenzini and has won all three of his starts by open lengths. After two big wins here in the spring, including the $60,000 ATBA Sales Stakes in May, Power Wave didn't race until Oct. 2, when he returned to easily beat a number of his Saturday rivals in a classified allowance sprint. Miguel Hernandez, aboard for all three wins, has the call again.

The main challenge to Power Wave may come from the suddenly hot Night Dash. Trained by Jon Zimmerman, Night Dash appeared to be going nowhere in the spring and summer, but on Sept. 7 unleashed a huge run to graduate at Yavapai by over 10 lengths, then came back here Oct. 2 in an allowance race and went wire to wire to win by almost six. It appears the son of Vaudeville is a brand-new horse.

Tudor Needed and Day Lee Bargain were second and third to Power Wave in the Oct. 2 allowance dash. Tudor Needed has yet to win in three starts, having lost all three to Power Wave. But Tudor Needed, trained by Kevin Lewis, is getting closer and looms a threat. Day Lee Bargain, meanwhile, makes only his second career start. He'll have to improve to contend, as Power Wave and Tudor Needed beat him by 11-plus and nine lengths, respectively, Oct. 2.

Lady Bertrando will be a short-priced favorite against 11 other juvenile fillies off a six-plus-length romp in an allowance prep on Oct. 2. She beat a few of the same fillies she faces here. Lady Bertrando, trained by Dan McFarlane, started her career in Southern California, but she has flourished here. She's drawn post 12, but that should not affect her rallying style. She will again be ridden by Joel Campbell.

Lady Bertrando's main challenge may come from O K Topless, second to her here Oct. 2 as the 3-2 favorite.