04/16/2006 11:00PM

Rebel Creek goes for hot barn


ARCADIA, Calif. - Rebel Creek is indicative of the sort of horse that has helped trainer Bruce Headley have a successful meeting at Santa Anita this year.

Even with the stakes-winning sprinter Surf Cat leading the stable, Headley has had many winners in maiden and allowance races. Through Sunday, he had 15 wins from 53 starters.

, 4, beat maidens as the favorite here on March 23 and returns in an optional claimer at a mile in Wednesday's seventh race.

Rebel Creek can add to Headley's list of winners. Owned by Headley, the filly is making her first start around two turns, and has shown enough speed to play a factor from the start. Alex Solis has the mount.

Rebel Creek has worked three times since the maiden win, including seven furlongs on April 9 in an effort to increase her stamina.

"I worked her seven-eighths to help her out," Headley said.

Headley does not feel distance will be an issue for Rebel Creek, who is by Storm Boot out of the Pleasant Colony mare Rhythm of Dance.

"That was the first thing that Alex said when we won: She'll be better at a distance," Headley said. "Jockeys come back with information. When it's from Alex, it's reliable."

Rebel Creek may face early pressure from and Smoove - who finished second and third in an allowance race on March 25 - and Bardy Woman, who has won two consecutive races, at 1 1/8 miles and a mile, at Golden Gate Fields in the last four weeks. Bardy Woman's most recent win came on April 9.

Darrell Vienna has two starters, . Blue Orchid was fourth behind Ran for the Dough and Smoove on March 25, while Kelly Mac finished seventh in a one-mile allowance race on turf on April 7. Kelly Mac won a one-mile maiden race on the main track on March 9.

In the second race, Leo Getz leads an optional claimer on the hillside turf course.

Trained by Wesley Ward for a partnership that includes actor Joe Pesci, Leo Getz, 4, won his only start this year, an allowance race on the hillside course on Jan. 11. The race was his first start since finishing third in a division of the Oceanside Stakes last July.

Leo Getz has four rivals, including That's an Outrage, who finished second in an allowance race on the hillside course on Feb. 25 and is entered to be claimed for $62,500.