05/19/2005 11:00PM

Specht's trio badly positioned


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Steve Specht will send out among the five fillies and mares meeting in Sunday's $55,000 Camila Urso at Golden Gate Fields.

Despite having 60 percent of the entrants, Specht had zero percent of the luck at the draw, when his entrants drew what he considered poor posts. Storminbayoubabe drew the rail, Princess Lianna post 2, and Our Mango the outside post. The two others in the field, Platinum Princess and Yerevan Star, will break from post 3 and post 4.

"Both my inside fillies have gas, but not as much as Yerevan Star," Specht said. "I wish they were outside Yerevan Star. When you have the 1-hole going three-quarters, it can be tough."

He cited the example of Bonfante, a good sprinter who last Sunday finished third as the favorite from the rail in a prep for next weekend's Ken Maddy.

"I wish one or both could have drawn outside Yerevan Star to keep her honest," he said. "If she gets clear and gets over, it makes it tough for the horses inside her. If I could put them in a spot where I wanted all three, I wouldn't have chosen those. With [Our Mango] it doesn't matter much, but I wish she could be inside."

Both Storminbayoubabe and Princess Lianna come off a turf victory, Storminbayoubabe for $50,000 down the hill at Santa Anita and Princess Lianna in a $50,000 optional claimer at Bay Meadows off a layoff.

Princess Lianna trailed Yerevan Star in all three of their meetings but ran a big race to win her comeback on April 30.

"She's got plenty of speed but can sit off them, too," Specht said. "Last time, they were squeezing her so the jock had to take back and fell back, but she really rallied once she got clear."

With all the other runners preferring the lead, Our Mango will get a perfect trip.

"She's better off sitting off them and kicking in down the lane," said Specht, who scored a $100 upset with Our Mango and Russell Baze at Cal Cup last fall. Baze rides again, and Our Mango should be no worse than the second pick here.

Yerevan Star's trainer, Gloria Haley, is confident going in. Her filly has had plenty of time since finishing third after setting the pace in the Woodside at Bay Meadows on April 2.