12/15/2016 2:10PM

Sircat Sally looks to end season strong in Soviet Problem Stakes

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Susie Raisher
How About Zero upset the Golden State Juvenile Fillies at 10-1 in November.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Sircat Sally had the perfect start to her career with a five-length win in a maiden race for California-bred 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar last month. She will be a strong favorite to have the perfect finish to her juvenile season in Saturday’s $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes for Cal-bred 2-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Sircat Sally is part of a field of six in the one-mile race. Sircat Sally is based at Los Alamitos, which Hollendorfer said works in the filly’s favor.

“It think it would give her a home-course advantage,” he said.

She has certainly performed well at Los Alamitos in the mornings. On Dec. 9, Sircat Sally worked six furlongs in 1:12.60, the fastest of eight recorded works at the distance. Sircat Sally is part of a field that includes one stakes winner in How About Zero, who won the Golden State Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.

KEY CONTENDERS

Sircat Sally, by Surf Cat
Beyer: 80

◗ Owned by breeder Joe Turner, Sircat Sally led throughout her maiden race at six furlongs and won easily.

“You don’t expect that,” Hollendorfer said. “She ran very well.”

◗ Sircat Sally is likely to be prominent from the start Saturday.

“She has plenty of foundation in her,” Hollendorfer said. “She can rate if she has to or can be on the front end.”

◗ Drayden Van Dyke has the mount for the first time, replacing Mike Smith, who is visiting family this weekend.

How About Zero, by Square Eddie
Last 3 Beyers: 44-68-59

◗ How About Zero won for the first time in her third start with a 10-1 upset in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs, finishing a length in front of Ms Wakaya, who is part of the Soviet Problem field. In the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at a mile on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 26, How About Zero was compromised when she jumped over debris that blew onto the course during a rainstorm.

“She was completely eliminated,” trainer Doug O’Neill said.

◗ How About Zero closed from fifth to win the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, suggesting a longer race will be in her favor.

“I don’t think the distance will bother her at all,” O’Neill said.

Bella Luma, by Ministers Wild Cat
Last 3 Beyers: 65-67-47

◗ Bella Luma won a maiden race at a mile by nine lengths at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 29 and is the only filly in the Soviet Problem field with a victory at the distance. She was a troubled sixth in the Jimmy Durante, racing in traffic on the first turn when the field scattered to avoid the debris.