12/17/2010 2:18PM

Squall Wilbud trying a second turn

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Squall Wilbud, Jorge Gonzalez up, wins the Copper Top Futurity.

Squall Wilbud has established her class as a two-time stakes winner. Sunday, she will be out to prove herself over a route of ground. Squall Wilbud will be making her two-turn debut in the $120,000 Enchantress at Sunland Park.

The one-mile race is for 2-year-old fillies bred in New Mexico and it will share a card with the $120,000 Lou Wooten Handicap for Quarter Horses.

Squall Wilbud is one of the top members of her New Mexico-bred division for a record that includes wins in the $133,000 Copper Top Futurity at 4 1/2 furlongs at Sunland in April and the $152,000 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies at six furlongs at Zia on Oct. 31.

“I think the filly will love two turns, just the way she’s been training,” said Fred Danley, who trains Squall Wilbud. “We’ve worked her on out and everything.”

Danley said Squall Wilbud also gets pedigree support for the added ground. Her sire, Squall, was a two-turn winner while his sire, Summer Squall, won the 1990 Preakness. Squall Wilbud’s dam, Fancywilfly, is by two-turn winner Jack Wilson.

Squall Wilbud closed from well back in the New Mexico Cup in her last start, and won by a neck in a sharp time of 1:10.80.

“The filly got little further back than what we wanted her, and she really came running,” said Danley.

Squall Wilbud, who is to be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr., is one of two fillies Danley will send out Sunday. Squallena, who just missed in a first-level allowance at Zia on Nov. 22, will be ridden by Ken Tohill. Both race for the partnership of William Stradley and Tom Williams.

“We’ve been looking forward to running them both on out,” said Danley.

Shamrock Girl, who was second in the New Mexico Cup, might be the chief threat. She set the pace in that race as the 4-5 favorite, and before it had defeated Squall Wilbud in the $67,000 Dessie and Fern Sawyer Futurity at the Downs at Albuquerque in September.

◗ Blazin N Shakin will be seeking her third consecutive win in the Lou Wooten, a 400-yard race for fillies and mares bred in New Mexico. She has won four stakes in her last five starts, her most recent the Grade 2 Filly and Mare Championship by a nose at Zia on Nov. 27.