11/15/2007 12:00AM

Shermeen eyes tiara as local turf queen

EmailPHOENIX - Turf Paradise has carded two stakes for Saturday, with Shermeen invading from Southern California for the $45,000 Queen of the Green Handicap and Song of Pirates making his turf debut in the $45,000 Paradise Valley Stakes.

The Queen of the Green, a mile turf event for fillies and mares carded as race 5, drew a field of nine. Shermeen won the Luther Burbank at Santa Rosa on July 28 before finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap at Del Mar behind the top-class winner Precious Kitten. She was last seen setting the pace before ending up third in the Swingtime at the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita. Brice Blanc will ride the 4-year-old Shermeen for trainer Paddy Gallagher, and they are stuck in the outside post.

Glorificamus invaded from Ireland to post an 11-1 upset in the Chandler Stakes on this course at

7 1/2 furlongs Nov. 10. She is being wheeled back in a hurry by trainer Dan McFarlane, a great sign. While she is a 3-year-old filly, Glorificamus showed she could compete with elders in Ireland. Chris Landeros rides again.

Evening Escort comes off a romping 6 1/2-length win in the one-mile Bersid on the main track here Oct. 28. She is also proven on the turf, having won twice on the surface, including the Treasure Town on this course at 7 1/2 furlongs last April. Beaulena rallied for third in the Phoenix, a six-furlong main-track sprint here Oct. 27. She is 0 for 5 on the grass, but was a rallying third in this race last December.

The Paradise Valley matches 10 3-year-old males at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf as race 8. Song of Pirates will attempt to make amends after being disqualified from an easy win in the Oct. 13 Saguaro here. He will be taking on the Walter R. Cluer winner Organ Pipe and dangerous Southern California invader Miller's Turbo.

Song of Pirates cost $900,000 at auction but was subsequently sold as part of a package to Three Sisters Thoroughbreds and trainer Mike Chambers. He romped at Emerald Downs in his first two races before finishing third in the Emerald Derby. He came here for the six-furlong Saguaro and won by 3 3/4 lengths, but his rider, Glenn Corbett, hit the face of runner-up Corredor del Oro with his whip, so Song of Pirates was disqualified to second.

Song of Pirates has some turf breeding. His sire, Unbridled's Song, has produced some good turf runners such as Magnificent Song, Even the Score, Theverythoughtof U, and Stage Luck. Seth Martinez rides.

Miller's Turbo, trained by Doug O'Neill, won two straight in September. He finished second against $62,500 claimers at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, and most recently was fourth against California-bred allowance foes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 7. Ricky Frazier rides.

Organ Pipe looked good rallying from well off the pace to win the Walter R. Cluer Memorial Handicap at a mile on turf here opening day, Oct. 5. He was then third in the Black Mountain on the dirt here Oct. 27. Landeros rides.