04/07/2010 11:00PM

She's done it before. Again?


My Main Starr has raced once on turf in her 27-race career. If she can duplicate that performance, however, it may be good enough to defeat her six rivals in Saturday's closing-day feature at Laurel Park, the $70,000 Dahlia Stakes at one mile on the grass.

After finishing far back in consecutive two-turn stakes races on dirt last summer, My Main Starr came back after a 48-day break to win her turf debut going a mile at Laurel at odds of 30-1. She flew home the final quarter-mile in 23.39 seconds to draw off by 3 1/4 lengths in the optional $40,000 claiming race, earning an 85 Beyer Speed Figure that fits well with her competition's best turf figures in Saturday's race.

A 5-year-old trained by Gary Capuano, My Main Starr will be making her first start in 49 days - nearly identical to the time off she had before her good effort on grass.

Julia Tuttle, who made three appearances in graded stakes last season, and Fareena, who two summers ago was good enough to win a turf stakes at Delaware Park, appear to be My Main Starr's chief rivals.

Julia Tuttle, fifth in last year's Dahlia when it was rained off the turf, held a three-length lead at the eighth pole before backing up to fifth in last summer's Grade 3 All Along, a nine-furlong race at Colonial Downs. She also came within a neck of winning the 7 1/2-furlong Light Hearted Stakes at Delaware Park.

Idle since October, Julia Tuttle will be making her first start since moving to trainer Cody Autrey's barn.

Fareena, 5, will be making her first start for Fenneka Bentley, who is 5 for 82 lifetime, primarily racing on the steeplechase circuit. As a 3-year-old, Fareena won the Denise Rhudy Memorial at Delaware Park and was second in the Decoration Day Handicap at Mountaineer, but was off the board in her three starts last season, all in optional claiming events.

Sales Tax, beaten four lengths by My Main Starr last fall, gets class relief after a wide trip from post 11 in the Grade 3 Honey Fox at Gulfstream Park.