07/13/2007 12:00AM

Smarty Deb may surpass talented half-sister


AUBURN, Wash. - Smarty Deb, who will contest Sunday's six-furlong Angie C. Stakes for juvenile fillies, doesn't have to look far for a role model. Just down the shed row in trainer Doris Harwood's barn stands her 3-year-old half-sister, Shampoo.

Shampoo, who is by Gulch and out of the stakes-winning mare Taste the Passion, has dominated the 3-year-old filly ranks this season at Emerald with three straight stakes wins. Her little sister, by Smart Strike, has already done something Shampoo did not do at 2, however. Smarty Deb won her debut, defeating male rivals in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight affair on May 13. That win looked all the more impressive after runner-up Dat's Dream, who is also trained by Harwood, returned to graduate on July 1 with five furlongs in 56.60 seconds, the fastest clocking ever registered by a 2-year-old at Emerald Downs.

"We debated whether to run her against the boys in her first start, but really there wasn't any reason not to," said Harwood. "She was a complete professional from the first day we put a saddle on her, and she was doing as well as anything in my barn."

Harwood said Smarty Deb shares a confident and willing attitude with her big sister.

"She is so much like Shampoo that it is unbelievable," said the trainer. "I think she is a little bigger than Shampoo, but both fillies are intelligent and cooperative. Shampoo will do absolutely anything you ask her to do, and I think Smarty Deb will turn out the same way."

If anything, Smarty Deb is ahead of where Shampoo was at 2. Shampoo won 1 of 3 starts before being turned out with sore shins. Smarty Deb can move farther ahead if she wins the Angie C., and Harwood feels she has a good chance.

"I know she is fit enough, anyway," she said. "She has been off a long time, but she has been training awesome. I really believe she is ready to go 1 1/16 miles, so six furlongs just isn't going to be a problem."

Harwood will also saddle the recent maiden winner Russian for the Angie C. Russian, who is by Tribunal and out of Moscow Symphony, is a half-sister to the Harwood-trained Irene's Bonus Baby, who won last season's $100,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Russian was a gate-to-wire winner over $30,000 maidens in her third start, on July 4, when she was dismissed at 15-1.

"I really thought she would win her previous start, but she broke in the air that day," said Harwood. "I was shocked, because she had never done a thing wrong in the morning. I've always liked her. I like the way she gets over the ground. She's a little lighter-bodied than Irene's Bonus Baby, but she has a lot of try in her and she is probably going to improve with distance."

Lucarelli's two stack up about equally

Also set to send out two in the Angie C. is trainer Frank Lucarelli, who will go with Dana's Beau and Made for Magic. Dana's Beau graduated at the $40,000 maiden level on May 26 with 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.40, while Made for Magic defeated maiden special weight company with 4 1/2 furlongs in 51 on June 3. Lucarelli said the two fillies will share the track for the first time on Sunday.

"I have never worked them together, so it is hard to know how they compare," said the trainer. "They were actually supposed to make their debuts in the same race, but Made for Magic flipped in the gate and was scratched. Dana's Beau won that day, and Made for Magic came back and won a week later."

Made for Magic earned a 62 Beyer for her maiden score, just a point below the number earned by Smarty Deb, and she came back to work a strong five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Wednesday.

"It was perfect, really, and it should set her up just right," said Lucarelli. "She has acted like a good filly from the start, and she hasn't had any setbacks. She won her debut pretty easy, and the rider never had to hit her. I think she might have a little more to give if she needs it on Sunday."

Radke almost ready to ride races

Jockey Kevin Radke was back galloping horses on Thursday, just 42 days after suffering multiple injuries when an unraced filly threw him into the fence when leaving the paddock on June 1. Radke, who was third in the rider standings at the time, fractured his collarbone and shoulder blade, and broke nine ribs in 25 different places. He also punctured a lung. Considering all that, Radke said he feels remarkably well.

"My ribs are still a little sore and I'm going to need to build my air back up, but other than that I feel good," he said. "I started playing golf again a couple of weeks ago, and I shot a 42 at Lake Tapps two days ago. Yesterday I went jet skiing, and today I got on three horses."

Radke said he hopes to begin riding next week, and it is clear that he will be getting at least some of his best mounts back. He was scheduled to work double stakes winner Call on Carson for trainer Dan Markle on Friday, and Markle said Radke will have the mount when he runs next in the Seattle Slew Handicap on Aug. 5.