11/22/2007 12:00AM

Team Barbaro has Lookalike in Selima

EmailCan lightning strike twice in the same place?

Two years ago, the undercard of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park turned out to be the coming out party for a 2-year-old colt trained by Michael Matz and owned by the Lael Stables of Gretchen and Roy Jackson.

Barbaro, making just his second start and coming out of a maiden race with a modest 73 Beyer Speed Figure, cruised to an eight-length victory in the Laurel Futurity and went on to win the 2006 Kentucky Derby.

Saturday, Matz is coming back to Laurel's Fall Festival of Racing with another Lael Stables-owned 2-year-old for one of the two turf stakes.

So even though Lookalike has yet to win her maiden, hunch players with a sense of history ought to give her consideration in the $125,000 Selima for 2-year-old fillies going 1o1/16 miles on the grass.

The Selima is among four stakes on a card topped by the Grade 1, $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. Also on the undercard are the $125,000 Laurel Futurity and the $50,000 Maryland Million Starter Handicap.

Lookalike, a $475,000 purchase as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale in 2005, has finished second in her two starts, both routes over synthetic surfaces. She comes off a 71 Beyer in a maiden special weight race going 1 1/8 miles at Keeneland. Her sire, Dynaformer, produces 14 percent winners with his first-time turf runners, and Matz shows a good record (7 for 27) with Lael-owned runners in stakes the past two years.

Contention runs deep in the 13-horse Selima field, which includes:

* The Canadian-based Wind in My Wings, winner of the $150,000 Jessamine at Keeneland last time out.

* Fareena, a winner of her first two starts, both on turf, by a combined margin of 14 lengths.

* Grace and Power plus Bsharpsonata, the two-three finishers as longshots in last month's $250,000 Epitome Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park.

* Hartigan and Remarkable Remy, who each come off a win in a minor stakes. Remarkable Remy is the lukewarm 9-2 favorite on the track's morning line.

Laurel Futurity: Adriano looks good

Adriano, who has run well on two different surfaces, switches from Polytrack back to turf for the Laurel Futurity at 1 1/16 miles.

After two good efforts on grass at Saratoga, including a three-length win over maidens, Adriano passed six horses to finish fourth in the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland seven weeks ago.

His challengers in a field of 14 include fast recent maiden winners Cowboy Cal and Titan of Industry, and Casanova Jack, a stakes winner over Maryland-bred turf sprinters two starts ago.

Aside from Casanova Jack, the only two-time turf winners in the field are Loveyouintheworld and the Irish import Strait of Mewsina.

Loveyouintheworld goes dirt to turf after his three-race winning streak was snapped when he finished fourth of five in the 1 1/16-mile Dover Stakes at Delaware Park.

Strait of Mewsina, now in the barn of Chicago trainer Larry Rivelli, came from last to win his United States debut in a first-level allowance last month at October.

* The 10-race card begins at 12:10 p.m. Eastern with a one-mile handicap for horses who have started for a claiming price of $10,000 or less within the past year. The field of seven includes Fire Hero, winner of a similar starter allowance two starts ago at Delaware Park but a weak third as the 3-5 favorite on Maryland Million Day, and Yo Can Do, a seven-time winner locally whose last good race came three starts ago against $10,000 claimers.