02/22/2006 12:00AM

Shytrando capable of repeating


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Mark Hanna isn't sure just how good Shytrando is, but he's glad he's going to be able to find out soon.

won her only race in wire-to-wire style in a $32,000 maiden claimer, and she returns in Friday's Golden Gate Fields feature, a $40,000 starter allowance race for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Shytrando has the lowest career-best Beyer Speed Figure among the six entrants in the race, and four of her five rivals have better last-race Beyers than her 60. But she won her debut so impressively that she appears a viable contender here.

Over the past two years, Hanna was 0 for 12 with first-timers before Shytrando. He is 3 for 12 with a $6.85 flat-bet profit with horses in their second start.

"I haven't had a lot of young horses to get good stats," Hanna said of his first-start statistics. "This is the first one I brought over I thought I could win with."

Hanna's instincts were correct.

"I loved her," Hanna said of Shytrando's debut. "She did everything perfect coming up to the race. She'd never been outworked in company. Once she even stumbled leaving the gate but still was in front by the time they reached the main track. And she always did everything on her own. I don't think she ever was touched [by a whip] in the morning."

Shytrando didn't feel the whip in her debut either as she broke alertly and quickly assumed command. She extended her lead to the stretch and won by two lengths under Russell Baze. Hanna said he believes she had a lot more in the tank.

"We were worried because I heard someone was going to claim her," Hanna said. "I was happy when they didn't."

Shytrando has had a nice half-mile maintenance drill since her victory.

"This will be a good race to see where she's at," Hanna said. "Hopefully, we can move on to allowance company with her."

The biggest challenge for Shytrando could come from , who won her debut and then ran second twice last spring. She makes her first start since May 12 and has a steady series of works for her comeback.

comes into the race off a wire-to-wire win in a $16,000 maiden claimer.