04/20/2006 12:00AM

Siren Lure's streak on line


ARCADIA, Calif. - Running on turf and dirt, Siren Lure has won three consecutive stakes. That streak is at risk Saturday in the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita, although race shape could work in favor of Siren Lure.

With ample pace expected in the San Simeon, a Grade 3 race at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, Siren Lure's ability to stalk should come in handy.

"I'd like to see quite a bit of early lick," trainer Art Sherman said. "I know there is quite a bit of speed in there. He's one of those honest type of horses that tries every time."

rallies can produce anxious moments for his backers. In the Blue Jay Way Stakes on the hillside turf course last October, Siren Lure rallied from second to win by a head. In the Impressive Luck Handicap on the hillside course in January, he rallied from seventh to win by a nose.

"Every time, I'm in a photo finish," Sherman said. "He gets it in the last jump."

Siren Lure's last start was less dramatic. Racing in the Daytona Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on a wet-fast main track on Feb. 19, he stalked the pace and won by 1 1/2 lengths.

The pace Saturday is expected to come from , cross-entered in Saturday's Golden Gate Fields Sprint, has won his last two starts on the main track.

Siren Lure will start as the favorite in the San Simeon, a race only recently added to his schedule. Sherman had considered Siren Lure for the San Francisco Mile later this month, but said he decided to run him Saturday because of a disrupted training schedule because of wet weather in northern California.

"I didn't get to train him that much because of the weather," Sherman said. "He likes this course a whole lot."

"He's an easy horse to train," Sherman added. "I'm hoping that he's tight enough, but I think he is."

Siren Lure must hold off We All Love Aleyna, a closer who has been running in mile turf races. He is winless in his last six starts.

"This looks like it's not coming up super strong, so we thought it was time to take a little chance," trainer John Sadler said.