12/28/2005 12:00AM

Quickfire has victory in sights


ARCADIA, Calif. - The American debut of Quickfire at Santa Anita on Friday can provide the English import with the one thing that is missing from her 2005 campaign - a victory.

, who recently joined trainer Bobby Frankel's stable, placed in two stakes in England earlier this year. She finished second in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York in May and second in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood in July.

Quickfire has finished 11th and fifth in her last two starts, both minor stakes.

A repeat of her runner-up finishes would make Quickfire difficult to beat in Friday's third race, a $48,000 allowance race at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

"She's aggressive," Frankel said. "She's okay."

Quickfire, owned by Juddmonte Farms, is one of 14 fillies and mares entered in the allowance race. The field will have a safety limit of 12 starters because the temporary rails are set 24 feet from the permanent position. As a result, the speedy Subway Sing and the stakes-placed Gathering Storm are stuck on the also-eligible list, needing scratches to join the field.

Quickfire drew post 7 and will be ridden by Alex Solis. She faces a competitive group. Several rivals are capable of winning the race, including Classical Lady, Grand Miss, Palace Rose, Pindaric, and Spirit of Nature.

, trained by Jeff Mullins, was second in an optional claimer on Nov. 3, her first trip on the hillside turf course. She returned to win an allowance race for statebreds at 7 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park on Dec. 8.

won her debut against turf sprinters at Hollywood Park in June, but was only sixth against winners a month later. She has not started since that race, but is trained by Neil Drysdale, who has a strong record with horses returning from layoffs.

is a turf specialist who has only one victory in seven starts this year. Trained by Bob Hess Jr., Palace Rose has not been worse than third in four starts. She could be part of the pace.

, trained by Eddie Truman, was second in an optional claimer on the hillside course in April in her turf debut, losing to the graded-stakes winner Three Degrees.

Spirit of Nature was second on the hillside turf course on Oct. 29, closing from eighth to just miss. Trained by John Shirreffs, Spirit of Nature will need a quick pace to make her late rally effective.