04/11/2007 11:00PM

Street Sounds upsets Beaumont


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Street Sounds, making her first start since winning the Selima Stakes last November on turf, got a perfect trip under Edgar Prado and narrowly held off favored Forever Together to win the 22nd running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Beaumont Stakes on a chilly Thursday afternoon at Keeneland.

Always near the pace from the outside post in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Street Sounds edged clear after turning for home, then was kept to pressure to defeat previously unbeaten Forever Together by a neck.

Owned by Hidden Creek Farm and trained by Michael Matz, Street Sounds, an Ontario-bred by Street Cry, returned $20.40 after finishing the about-seven-furlong distance in 1:24.93 over Polytrack. Matz was noncommittal afterward regarding a possible next start for Street Sounds, saying she trains well over any surface. For some Beaumont winners, the race is a springboard to the Kentucky Oaks, which will be run May 4.

"We'll have to talk it over," he said.

Forever Together, ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, finished 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Palace Pier, a 33-1 shot. Then came Silverinyourpocket, Baroness Thatcher, Eternal Grace, and Sutra. Pro Pink was an early scratch.

Filly sets world record in debut

Earlier Thursday, trainer Wesley Ward unveiled a sensational prospect when One Hot Wish ($4.60), a 2-year-old filly making her career debut, won the second race by 12 1/4 lengths under Rafael Bejarano. One Hot Wish, a California-bred by Bring the Heat, completed 4 1/2 furlongs in 48.87 seconds, a world record for the distance. The former record of 49 seconds was set last September by Motivo at Yavapai Downs in Arizona.

Ward said One Hot Wish will race next in the May 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Silent Name to try Polytrack in Commonwealth

Silent Name is one of the nation's leading turf milers, and he most recently finished a close third in the Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita. But on Saturday, he will make his first start on a surface other than turf in the Grade 2, $400,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup, a seven-furlong sprint on Polytrack.

"It's a different surface and a different distance, but he moves so good over it we're going to try it," Gary Mandella, the trainer of Silent Name, said Thursday morning.

Mandella said the genesis for the Polytrack experiment came last fall, when Silent Name trained on Polytrack in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile, in which he finished sixth.

"Here we were preparing for the Breeders' Cup, and we were thinking about next April," Mandella said.

Mandella had just arrived following a red-eye flight from California, where he is based. He was taken aback by the weather, which was drizzly, rainy, with temperatures in the 40s.

"I packed more clothes here for a four-day trip than I do for seven weeks at Del Mar," Mandella said. "I'm really smart. I got my butt kicked in three races yesterday at Santa Anita, and now I'm going to the toughest meet in the country."

Perfect Drift in familiar return spot

If this is April, then Perfect Drift must be winding up for yet another campaign.

And indeed he is. Perfect Drift, now 8, is among a field of 11 older horses in the fourth race Saturday, a $66,000, one-mile turf allowance that will kick off the gelding's seventh season of racing. This will be the fifth straight year that trainer Murray Johnson has used a turf race at the Keeneland spring meet to start off the season with Perfect Drift. The previous results: won an allowance in 2003; eighth in the Maker's Mark Mile in 2004; won an allowance in 2005; and was second in an allowance in 2006.

Except for Invasor, whose wins in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup have lifted his career earnings to more than $7.8 million, Perfect Drift is the richest earner in training in North America, with more than $4.66 million.

Sanders knows the Blue Grass

By saddling Teuflesberg on Saturday, trainer Jamie Sanders will be in her first Blue Grass Stakes . . . well, not really. Sanders was an exercise rider and assistant for 11 years under Nick Zito when many top horses passed through the barn, including Strike the Gold, the 1991 Blue Grass and Kentucky Derby winner, and Louis Quatorze, the 1996 Blue Grass runner-up and Preakness winner.

Sanders grew up near Mammoth Cave, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kentucky. Through Gary Logsdon, a family friend who now co-owns Teuflesberg with Sanders's fiance, Donnie Kelly, Sanders got her first racetrack job in the early 1980s, when she galloped horses on a Goshen, Ky., farm for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. She has been a racetracker ever since.

Teuflesberg, a $9,000 yearling purchase, has the most experience of the seven Blue Grass starters, having raced 14 times, with earnings of nearly $350,000. His most notable win came in the Feb. 19 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. With a noticeable lack of speed in the Blue Grass, Teuflesberg figures to make the early lead, although Sanders said she and jockey Edgar Prado are not committed to it.

"Wherever we are, that's where we'll be," she said.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman