08/30/2006 11:00PM

Skipping series, Yesbyjimminy opts for turf try


MIAMI - Under normal circumstances, Saturday's Juvenile Showcase at Calder would have featured an enticing matchup between undefeated 2-year-olds Straight Faced and Yesbyjimminy in the Affirmed Stakes. Unfortunately that meeting will have to wait until later in the meet.

The Affirmed is the middle leg of the Florida Stallion Stakes, and even though Yesbyjimminy's sire, Yes It's True, is signed up for the series, Yesbyjimminy was never himself made eligible. He will have to be content to compete in Saturday's $50,000 Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash, where he'll face nine rivals in a race carded at five furlongs on the grass.

"I think at the moment Yesbyjimminy and Straight Faced are the two best 2-year-olds on the grounds," said Eddie Plesa Jr., who trains the homebred Yesbyjimminy for the Trilogy Stable. "The only question I have Saturday is whether my horse will handle the turf, although his breeding suggests he should."

Yesbyjimminy is a half-brother to Plesa's stakes-winning grass horse Magic Mecke.

The colt's stiffest challenge in the Turf Dash figures to come from Soldier's Dancer, whom Yesbyjimminy defeated by 3 1/4 lengths when they met on the main track in a first-level allowance on Aug. 4. Soldier's Dancer broke slowly but finished fast that afternoon and will race without blinkers for the first time on Saturday. He is also well-bred for the grass, being a half-brother to two turf winners.

A Bit of Madness should also relish a chance to try grass after being badly outrun in each of his last two starts. A son of West Acre, A Bit of Madness is a half-brother to multiple turf stakes winners Sejms Madness and Magical Madness.

Banda Victoria a top pick in two spots

Trainer Phil Gleaves will have a big decision to make with his 2-year-old filly Banda Victoria, who is cross-entered in the five-furlong Catcharisingstar on grass and the one-mile Lindsay Frolic on the main track.

Banda Victoria will be the heavy favorite if she stays in the Catcharisingstar, since she is coming off an easy 4 1/4-length victory in her turf debut two weeks earlier. But she also would loom the horse to catch and one of the top two choices, along with Wise Beauty, in the Lindsay Frolic. Banda Victoria won her maiden at first asking on dirt earlier this spring.

Should Banda Victoria opt for the main track, Dantrelle Light becomes the horse to beat in the Catcharisingstar. She has won her last pair, including the GTOBA Juvenile Fillies Turf in her grass debut on July 29.

The Lindsay Frolic may be one of the toughest races of the day to handicap as none of the eight entrants has won beyond 5 1/2 furlongs, including Banda Victoria. Wise Beauty has won her last three starts, but has not started since easily defeating starter allowance company by three lengths on July 11.

* Definitely True and Storm in May renew acquaintances and deserve top billing in a field of 10 juvenile colts and geldings in the one-mile Seacliff Stakes. They first met July 22, when Definitely True beat Storm in May by two lengths.