10/13/2005 11:00PM

She's a Jewel tries tougher


ARCADIA, Calif. - surprised trainer Jay Robbins when she pulled an upset in the Aladdin Resort Handicap over a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 21. A filly that Robbins thought was primarily a sprinter, She's a Jewel successfully stretched her speed around two turns for the first time in that race.

The victory has given Robbins optimism about She's a Jewel's chances in Sunday's $100,000 Harold Ramser Handicap at Santa Anita. The conditions for the Ramser are the same as the Aladdin - a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies - but the competition in the field of 11 is tougher.

The Ramser field includes the stakes winners A Classic Life, Brooke's Halo, Island Escape, Lasika, Louvain, Shining Energy, Somethinaboutlaura, and Thatswhatimean.

She's a Jewel has won 4 of 11 starts and $207,585 for Mercedes Stable. Since she was switched to turf racing during the summer, she has won the Impressive Style Stakes at Hollywood Park, finished sixth in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap, and won the Aladdin.

"I think the turf has helped her a little bit," Robbins said.

In the Ramser, She's a Jewel may be joined on the front by Brooke's Halo and Somethinaboutlaura. Robbins hopes She's a Jewel can stalk the pace, if necessary.

"With her speed she could benefit," he said. The turf course "seems to fit horses that have speed or sit just off of it."

Brooke's Halo was third in the Aladdin, leading to early stretch and finishing three-quarters of a length behind She's a Jewel. Brooke's Halo returned to win the Las Madrinas Handicap at Fairplex Park on Sept. 23.

Louvain is the 119-pound topweight. Trained by Bobby Frankel, she is winless in two starts since the Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park in July.

Shining Energy won the San Clemente over a mile on turf at Del Mar in July, but has lost in two turf stakes since. Her best races have come when she rallies from off the pace.

The Ramser will be the California debut of A Classic Life, the winner of the Washington Breeders' Cup Oaks at Emerald Downs on Aug. 20. She was sixth on turf in a minor stakes at Arlington Park in June. "The race at Arlington Park was better than it looked," trainer Grant Forster said. "She came out with an infection. She wasn't 100 percent. When she won the Oaks, that was her best race."