10/10/2008 12:00AM

Sadler duo both capable in Ramser


ARCADIA, Calif. - Tasha's Miracle is winless in seven starts since the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar in August 2007. This does not concern trainer John Sadler as Tasha's Miracle is being prepared for Saturday's $100,000 Harold Ramser Handicap at Santa Anita.

"Wait a second," Sadler said, defending the filly's record at his Santa Anita stable office on Thursday. "Tasha has a good resume. Even though she didn't win yet this year, she was third in a Grade 1. She's run against really tough fillies all year."

The Grade 3 Ramser will be Tasha's Miracle's second start on turf, preceded by a second to Storm Mesa in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar on July 26. The performance impressed Sadler and owners Budget Stable and Team Valor International. "That's why we're keeping her on turf," Sadler said.

Since the 2007 Sorrento, Tasha's Miracle has finished second in two graded stakes and third in two graded stakes, including a third in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in February. Those results will make her the favorite in the Ramser.

Sadler also starts Dawn Before Dawn, the expected pacesetter. Dawn Before Dawn was second to Ramser entrant Sweeter Still in the Sandy Blue Handicap at a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 15 and returned to win the Torrey Pines Stakes at a mile on the main track there on Aug. 31.

"Dawn is starting to put it together," Sadler said. "I think they both have excellent chances."

In the Torrey Pines, Dawn Before Dawn finished a length in front of Miss Singhsix. Trained by Paddy Gallagher for a partnership that includes Team Valor International, Miss Singhsix has raced primarily on synthetic tracks in her five-race career. In her only start on turf, she finished fourth in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park in May, a race that did not discourage Gallagher.

"She ran kind of evenly in her first start," Gallagher said. "She's worked well on turf. There are not many other places to run."

Sweeter Still seeks her fourth stakes win of the year and must be respected. Trained by Jeff Mullins for David Lanzman and Jason Wood, she won turf stakes at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar this year.