03/28/2013 3:53PM

Santa Anita: Doinghardtimeagain looks like good fit in Evening Jewel

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Doinghardtimeagain, winning the Soviet Problem in December, will be switching from turf to dirt for Saturday's Evening Jewel..

ARCADIA, Calif. – Doinghardtimeagain is not the richest filly starting in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Santa Anita.

That distinction belongs to Tilde, who has earned $344,810 on the strength of three stakes wins at 2. Doinghardtimeagain has earned $236,270, largely from her win in the $196,000 Soviet Problem Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park last December.

It is that performance that makes Doinghardtimeagain the filly to beat in the Evening Jewel, which is run over 6 1/2 furlongs. A win on Saturday would be worth $110,000 and give Doinghardtimeagain the distinction of being the leading 3-year-old California-bred filly.

The Evening Jewel is Saturday’s sixth race and the first of two stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs for California-breds at Santa Anita. The eighth race is the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes.

Doinghardtimeagain races for breeders Tom and Debbie Stull and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Doinghardtimeagain is winless in two starts this year – a fourth in the filly division of the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes over a mile on a wet-fast track on Jan. 26 and a game second against open company in the Sweet Life Stakes on the hillside turf course on Feb. 16.

Hollendorfer said he has dismissed the fourth-place finish on Jan. 26, citing the track condition.

“It’s hard to say for sure, but her worst number was in that race,” Hollendorfer said. “We won’t use that as an excuse, but it was something of a factor.”

Doinghardtimeagain has won 2 of 6 starts, with both wins coming around one turn at Hollywood Park last fall. She was second in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies over 1 1/16 miles here last October as a maiden.

Saturday, Doinghardtimeagain will be ridden for the first time by leading rider Rafael Bejarano.

“I try to use Rafael when we can get him,” Hollendorfer said.

Doinghardtimeagain is a stalker who is likely to be in pursuit of Sweet Marini. Trained now by Bob Baffert, Sweet Marini won her debut in a six-furlong maiden race on Nov. 4 for trainer Jorge Gutierrez, and was sold privately following that race. Sweet Marini was ill in early winter but has worked quickly on several occasions in recent weeks for her comeback.

Qiaona and Tilde, who were first and ninth in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes, are part of the Evening Jewel field. Qiaona returned to finished fourth in an allowance race against open company on Feb. 24.

◗ Omega Star, seventh in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 9, can win his first stakes in the Echo Eddie Stakes. Trained by John Shirreffs, Omega Star was second to Santa Anita Derby hopeful Tiz a Minister in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes on Jan. 26.

In the Echo Eddie, Omega Star will be in pursuit of the promising maiden Follini, who is trained by Mark Glatt.

Follini was second in his debut on March 1, breaking from post 2 in a field of eight and leading to the final sixteenth before finishing a half-length behind Indian Classic, a starter in the Echo Eddie.

“He’s a very good horse,” Glatt said. “The post position probably kept him from winning his first race. He’s a laid-back horse, and it was hard to get him tight for his first start.

“I usually don’t run maidens against winners, but it is California-breds and it is $200,000. I think he can win the race. A maiden race will be there if he doesn’t win.”

Baffert starts Surfcup, who will be ridden by Bejarano. Surfcup won a one-mile allowance race for California-breds on turf on March 1.