01/09/2008 12:00AM

Rgirldoesn'tbluff dazzles with drill


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Horses rarely work half-miles in 45.60 seconds anywhere in the country, let alone at Calder Race Course where a half-mile drill in under 48 seconds usually earns a bullet. But Rgirldoesn'tbluff did exactly that over her home base at Calder on Tuesday morning in preparation for Sunday's Grade 3 First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

"It was an outstanding work and, best of all, she did it all on her own," said Kirk Ziadie, who trains Rgirldoesn'tbluff for his principal client, Richard Averill.

Rgirldoesn'tbluff, a 5-year-old daughter of Pine Bluff, has won four stakes for Ziadie, including Calder's U Can Do It Handicap and Sugar N Spice Stakes to close out her 2007 campaign.

"As good as she's been, this is the best I've ever seen her," said Ziadie, who is coming off his second straight Tropical at Calder training title. "I'm so confident she's going to run well on Saturday. In fact, the way the track is playing, I predict she'll run a 20-and-change quarter, a 43-and-change half, and she'll keep going. She's pretty much one-dimensional - she has to go to the lead, and anybody who tries to go with her won't have anything left at the end."

Ziadie also will reunite Rgirldoesn'tbluff with jockey Jose Lezcano, who guided her to one of her four career stakes wins in 2006. Lezcano is off to a fast start during the current session and entered Wednesday's program tied with Eibar Coa, Cornelio Velasquez, and Elvis Trujillo for the top spot in the jockey standings with five wins.

Rgirldoesn'tbluff isn't the only Ziadie runner who blistered during morning workouts this week at Calder. On Monday, D'artagnans'spirit earned a bullet for five furlongs in 59 seconds flat.

"I was going to run him in the Mr. Prospector last weekend but decided it might be too tough for him at this time and decided to wait instead for a stakes this weekend at Tampa," Ziadie said. "But the way he worked on Monday, maybe I should have taken a shot and kept him here. We'll try to get the money at Tampa, and if he runs well, I might consider wheeling him back in the Sunshine Millions Sprint."

One Hot Wish works around dogs

One Hot Wish worked a half-mile considerably slower than Rgirldoesn'tbluff on Wednesday morning, going in 53 seconds over the Gulfstream turf course, but the drill may have been just as impressive nonetheless.

The dogs were set out about 80 to 90 feet from the inner rail on the 180-foot-wide course when One Hot Wish worked in company with the older Charimount late Wednesday morning, which means she actually traveled closer to five furlongs than a half-mile. She earned the bullet on the limited tab by a full second.

One Hot Wish, 3, earned instant notoriety when she opened her career with a sensational maiden win last spring at Keeneland, drawing off to capture a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight dash by a dozen lengths after covering the distance in a world-record 48.87 seconds. She finished far back in two subsequent starts at Del Mar, leaving trainer Wesley Ward with the dilemma of trying to duplicate the conditions of her first start. He may have found those conditions over the local turf course.

Ward will waste little time finding out, as he's entered One Hot Wish in a first-level allowance race going five furlongs on the turf here Saturday.

Standridge pleased with Mach Ride

Another sprint specialist who appears back on top of his game is Mach Ride, runner-up behind Noonmark in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. The outing was the first for the graded-stakes winner since a foot abscess kept him out of the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"I was very pleased with his race last weekend," said trainer Steve Standridge. "He had to come three wide and the winner slipped up the fence, and that was probably the difference. If the winner had to come around us, I don't think he'd have gotten by."

Standridge said Mach Ride came out of the Mr. Prospector in good order and will now point for the Sunshine Millions Sprint here on Jan. 26.

"I just hope we have a little better luck getting him to the Sunshine Millions this year than we did last winter," he said, "when I shipped him all the way to California and had to scratch him out of that race for the same reason as the Breeders' Cup, because he came down with a foot abscess."

Cruz taking two weeks off

Jockey Manoel Cruz, who rode Smooth Air to an upset victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes, will be off the next two weeks to visit with family in his native Brazil.

"I lost my father about six months ago, so I'm going home to help get my mom set up and have a vacation," said Cruz, who had taken off several mounts during the opening several days of the meet due to a bad back suffered in a starting-gate mishap the previous week at Calder.

Cruz, who won the 2007-08 Tropical at Calder riding title, had recorded only one previous Grade 2 victory, aboard Splendid Blended here in the 2005 Shirley Jones Handicap.