Updated on 09/15/2011 2:07PM

Tamara Princess gets class test


ARCADIA, Calif. - Saturday's $200,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap is more of a prep race for the California Cup in November or the La Canada Series this winter than the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park Oct. 27.

Probable favorite Tamara Princess is not eligible to the Breeders' Cup and owners Aaron and Marie Jones have expressed no interest in paying a six-figure supplemental fee. Leading contenders Queenie Belle and Favorite Funtime are California-breds who are more likely to appear in the $150,000 California Cup Matron on Nov. 3 if they run well on Saturday.

Tamara Princess is undefeated in three starts and a full-sister to Riboletta, the 2000 champion older filly or mare. The Grade 2 Lady's Secret Handicap is her major stakes debut, after a summer campaign that included a maiden win at Hollywood Park in July followed by victories in an allowance race and the restricted Torrey Pines Stakes in a 15-day span at Del Mar.

With her stalking style and effective turn of foot, Tamara Princess's career is off to an impressive start. Trainer Eduardo Inda is not interested in changing plans with a trip to New York, preferring to focus on wintertime stakes at Santa Anita as a long-term goal.

A 3-year-old, Tamara Princess was bred in Brazil and had her third birthday during the summer, since she was foaled on the Southern Hemisphere breeding schedule.

"There are some good races coming up next year," Inda said. "We should be busy. Maybe I could freshen her up after this race and get ready for Santa Anita."

Tactically, Tamara Princess and jockey Mike Smith should have an advantage in the Lady's Secret, which is run over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Tamara Princess is expected to track pacesetter Favorite Funtime, who won the restricted Piedra Foundation Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 24 for trainer Bob Baffert.

In the Torrey Pines Stakes, Tamara Princess tracked the leader to the final turn and won by an easy two lengths with little urging from Smith.

"The Baffert filly has speed and we can follow her," Inda said of Saturday's race. "This race has good timing for our filly. It's been a month since she ran."

The field of seven may produce a Breeders' Cup starter if Cindy's Hero, who was fourth in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, runs well. Trained by David Hofmans, Cindy's Hero is winless in six starts since the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in August 2000.


Lady's Secret BC Handicap

Purse: $200,000; 1 1/16 miles


1Letter of IntentL. Pincay Jr.11320-1

2Cindy's HeroG. Gomez1116-1

3Nany's SweepE. Delahoussaye1155-1

4Tamara PrincessM. Smith1125-2

5Queenie BelleB. Blanc1167-2

6Favorite FuntimeD. Flores1133-1

7Cee DreamsI. Puglisi1138-1

Odds by Brad Free