02/11/2010 12:00AM

Quick Notice looks sharp for her return


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer David Kassen said he's never had a horse get ready off a layoff as fast as Quick Notice. Whether that translates to a victory in Friday's feature at Gulfstream Park is one of several key questions handicappers have to answer regarding the six-furlong optional claimer for fillies and mares.

Quick Notice has done most of her racing on turf and synthetic surfaces but showed she was best on dirt once shipping to Hawthorne last winter. The daughter of More Than Ready won a first-level allowance race by more than a dozen lengths in her first start at the south Chicago oval and then returned five weeks later to finish third behind Swift Temper in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap, pairing up career-best Beyer Speed Figures of 92 for those efforts.

But a knee injury and subsequent surgery sent Quick Notice to the sidelines for the remainder of the year. She returned to south Florida with Kassen in December and has posted a series of extremely fast works in preparation for her 2010 debut.

"Those works weren't by design; I wanted to keep her slow," Kassen said. "But she was flying the last part of her last three works and with a boy who weighs about 140 to 150 pounds on her back. I was looking for a nice maintenance work last time, and she went six furlongs in 1:11. She's doing super and a lot of pace should help her, but she might need a race. I really don't know."

Another question mark in the race is Pinkarella, who is likely to scratch since she's also entered in Saturday's Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie. Pinkarella has faced Grade 1 company in two of her five starts, but one thing she's never tried is dirt. All her previous outings came over synthetic tracks in Southern California.

The pace in the race figures to come from Bhangaloo Ruby, Loving Vindication, and Yogi'ssplashofgold.

Bhangaloo Ruby dueled through midstretch before finishing fourth under similar conditions in her 2010 and local debut.

Loving Vindication and Yogi'ssplashofgold both own triple-digit Beyers. Loving Vindication received a 104 when capturing her entry-level allowance condition over a muddy track at Saratoga during summer 2008. Yogi'ssplashofgold posted a 102 over a sloppy strip against similar competition here last winter.