10/07/2005 11:00PM

Running Lass sharp in final work


MIAMI - Running Lass, who will attempt to complete a sweep of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Stakes with a victory in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, worked four furlongs in 48 seconds over a sloppy track here Saturday in her final major prep for the race. The drill was the best of the 63 half-mile works on the tab.

Running Lass, trained by Angel Salinas, led throughout to capture both the six-furlong Desert Vixen and seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes on Sept. 3, her last race. The My Dear Girl, a 1 1/16-mile race on Saturday, will mark Running Lass's first attempt around two turns.

Jerry Bailey will ride Running Lass in the My Dear Girl. Her competition figures to include California invader Mystery Girl, Stolen Prayer, and perhaps Mia's Reflection, who is coming off wins in the Lindsay Frolic and Brave Raj Stakes.

Aclassysassylassy also breezes

Aclassysassylassy, who swept the filly division of the Stallion Stakes last year, also worked over the wet track Saturday morning, breezing an easy six furlongs in 1:17.60 for trainer Dave Vivian. Aclassysassylassy returned from a long layoff to win the Judy's Red Shoes Stakes on Sept. 24 in only her second start on turf. She will be among the favorites Saturday in the $200,000 Calder Oaks.

The Oaks is expected to attract a full field, led by trainer Bill Mott's My Typhoon, who comes in off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup last month at Belmont.

Scrubs holds off Gregson

Scrubs withstood a race-long challenge from 8-5 favorite Gregson to post a game one-length victory in Saturday's $40,000 Hooting Star Stakes at five furlongs. The race was originally scheduled for the turf but was moved to the main track due to several days of steady rain.

Scrubs, a 5-year-old son of Dr. Caton, outsprinted the fleet Gregson to the lead. They were stalked early by Bow Out, who continued to force the issue despite the fact jockey Cesar Garcia lost his left iron after the break and struggled to regain the stirrup for nearly a half-mile.

Turning for home, Gregson appeared to have the leader measured, but Scrubs dug down and found enough in reserve to hold off the favorite in the final yards. Bow Out held on well despite the lost iron and finished third.

Scrubs is trained by Larry Pilotti for owner-breeder Jacks or Better Farm. He paid $6.80 and was timed in 58.12 seconds.