02/16/2007 12:00AM

San Carlos Handicap preview


Saturday, Feburary 17
Race 9 - Santa Anita
7 Furlongs
San Carlos Handicap (Grade 3)
4-year-olds and upward
Puare $150,000

SIREN LURE earned his two best Beyers at this distance (won the Grade 1 Triple Bend with a 107 and the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien with a 110), and his O'Brien score was one of the most impressive races of the 2006 Del Mar meet. Outsprinted in the early stages that day, he made an eye-catching four wide move on the turn, and then gamely wore down the loose leader in the stretch. He raced wide to nowhere in the key race Breeders' Cup Sprint two back, and then rallied belatedly after another wide turn move in the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood over Cushion Track last time out. Siren Lure will get plenty of pace to attack in the San Carlos, and should be charging hard in the stretch.
TONTINE TOO is a lightly-raced 4-year-old making his stakes debut, but he put up a big triple-digit Beyer last time out, and the recent bullet workout allays fears of a bounce. He beat a couple of today's rivals in that 'N3X' allowance over this strip, but may have been aided by a speed bias, and will likely have to rate in this spot. PROUD TOWER TOO looms the speed of the speed, and seems to be cycling back to his best form as he makes his third start since winning the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen in March. He won the Grade 1 Malibu over this track and trip in 2005, and will be prominent when they swing into the lane.
NORTHERN SOLDIER handled Tontine Too without much fuss over Cushion Track, then raced evenly in the Malibu against LATENT HEAT. He has some stalking ability, and may sit a nice trip while in the clear. Latent Heat was very, very impressive winning the Malibu, and he excels at this distance. He is extremely logical off that race, but may not offer much value.

1. Siren Lure
2. Tontine Too
3. Proud Tower Too