09/09/2008 11:00PM

Streaking Annabill eyes turf stakes


MIAMI - Just about everybody is joining the Annabill fan club this summer at Calder. Everybody, that is, except maybe Cat Can Do and her trainer, Ralph Ziadie.

Annabill has dominated the filly and mare handicap division during the current session, having posted four consecutive victories, including a pair of stakes tallies. All four of her wins have come at the expense of Cat Can Do, who has finished second twice and third twice in her four meetings with the division leader.

"Ralph and I are good friends, and we kid about it all the time," said Milt Wolfson, who trains Annabill for the N T S Stable. "He's really been a good sport about it."

Wolfson, who holds a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in education, has had his share of talented fillies and mares since taking out his trainer's license in 1964. Among them were Lindsay Frolic, Stormy Frolic, and Prospective Saint. The addition of Annabill to that list has been a pleasant surprise, since Wolfson acquired the daughter of Outflanker via the claim box for a bargain $25,000 during summer 2006.

"She's such a nice filly," Wolfson said. "She's got a big heart and really wants to win every time she goes out there. I don't want to be greedy, but I'd love to have another one or two like that."

Annabill has won and won often for Wolfson. Her easy 2o3/4-length triumph in the Cinnamon Girl Stakes here two weeks ago was the 17th victory of her career. Along with her two stakes tallies in 2008, the former claimer also won the Chaposa Springs Handicap in 2006 and the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap in 2007.

Wolfson said he will choose his spots carefully with Annabill between now and the end of the season, possibly beginning with an overnight stakes on the turf later this month. Although primarily a dirt horse, Annabill is a stakes winner on grass, having captured the Capano Stakes over the local turf course last summer.

"I'll probably run her three or four more times before the end of the year," Wolfson said. "There are a couple of graded stakes during the Tropical meet, and I'd love to get her placed in a graded race if I could. I'm not sure what I'll do with her beyond that.

"I might bring her back to race again in 2009," Wolfson continued. "She's really not nuts about the Gulfstream track. I usually give her the winter off, and she makes it up here in the summertime. I could also put her in the January sales. I don't think I'd keep her for a broodmare myself. I've never had much luck breeding horses on my own. And I'm supposed to know what I'm doing."

Rebuke ready for local debut

Trainer Marty Wolfson, who is no relation to Milt, is in the midst of a phenomenal meet, having won with 26 of his 57 starters for a win rate of just less than 50 percent. That success figures to continue when he sends out Rebuke as the likely favorite in Friday's $27,000 allowance feature.

Rebuke is a recent addition to the Wolfson stable, having made her first six starts up north for trainer Michael Trombetta. A daughter of Carson City, Rebuke was unraced at 2 but showed much promise at 3 when she won her maiden and first-level allowance condition by a combined 12 lengths last summer at Delaware Park. But after finishing second in her next start, Rebuke went to the sidelines for nearly nine months. She finished a distant fifth in two comeback tries this summer for Trombetta before being sent to Wolfson late last month.

If Rebuke is to win her local debut, she'll likely have to beat Meadow Touch, who has been idle since capturing her entry-level allowance condition by two lengths on July 24.

Santiago enjoying solid meet

Rebuke will be ridden Friday by Javier Santiago, who has also been aboard Annabill for all four victories during her current win streak.

"He's a good rider and really fits my filly nicely," Milt Wolfson said of Santiago, who has won 78 races during the current meet and is third in the standings behind Paco Lopez and Manoel Cruz.