03/15/2011 1:46PM

Santa Anita: Pint-sized filly Lucky Timing goes for three in a row in allowance sprint


ARCADIA, Calif. – Don’t make any plans with Sean McCarthy on Thursday. His day is booked solid.

In the morning, he will arrive at Santa Anita to train his string of 12 horses. Midday, he will hustle over to the frontside of the track to put in a 2 1/2-hour shift on HRTV, where he works part-time as an analyst. And then McCarthy will head on over to the paddock to saddle Lucky Timing, a 3-year-old filly he trains and who has an excellent shot to make off with the day’s featured seventh race.

“My days can get pretty full sometimes,” he said Tuesday.

McCarthy is hoping the obligations last into the evening, with a post-race celebration. Lucky Timing has won her last two starts, against softer company, and now will take on a first-level allowance field of California-breds. The seventh race, which carries a $56,000 purse, is at six furlongs, the distance of her two previous victories.

“She’s been pleasantly surprising,” McCarthy said. “The tough part is that there weren’t any races for 3-year-olds only, so she has to run against older. She won’t actually be 3 until April. But you’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt.”

Lucky Timing lost her first start, in which she was roughed up at the start, but then came back and won against maiden-claimers and in a starter-allowance race. She led from start to finish last time, but came from slightly off the pace in her previous win.

“She doesn’t have to be on the lead. She just kind of inherited it last time,” McCarthy said. “She’s no bigger than a pony. Not exaggerating, she’s 14-2 hands. She’s a pocket rocket.”

Eight are entered in the race. Two others – Miles Rules and Going for a Spin – are age 3.

Miles Rules looks like a strong threat. Although she has been off for six months, she ran well fresh last summer, winning her debut, then was third in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar.

Going for a Spin was third in a similar allowance race going one mile on Feb. 18. Earlier this meet, she finished fifth in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes. Besides shortening up to a sprint, she is adding blinkers for Thursday’s race.

Subpoena the Dress is exiting low-level claimers, but she always has run well at Santa Anita and owns 6 victories in 18 starts.

Suances Flower is seeking her second straight win after defeating Cal-bred maidens on Jan. 2.

Kulinski Rose, a half-sister to the top sprinter Bordonaro, returns for her first start since August 2009.