09/30/2009 11:00PM

They come for Sun Devil from far and wide


PHOENIX - Saturday's $50,000 Sun Devil provides a good example of what to look for in stakes fields at Turf Paradise - invaders from California and elsewhere. A six-furlong event for 3-year-old fillies, the Sun Devil drew a field of seven.

Southern California raider Ride Me Fast, owned by Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert, may have found herself a good opportunity for stakes brackets. She romped over $62,500 claimers on Del Mar's synthetic track Aug. 22 and came back to be fourth against a tough bunch in the Beverly Lewis Stakes at Fairplex Sept. 10. That was a good outing considering that she was trying dirt for the first time, the surface she has to handle on Saturday. Ry Eikleberry has the call.

Streakin' Nun comes in from the Midwest to challenge for the 4M Ranch and Jeff and Glenda Curry. Trained by Dan McFarlane, Streakin Nun has won two of her last four starts. That being said, all three of her wins have come on turf. She has been facing quality opposition at Retama, Remington and Lone Star and worked a bullet five furlongs in 58 here Sept. 21 to hint she likes the Turf Paradise track. Jake Barton has the call.

Shakenwithanolive invades from Northern California off a string of good efforts. A daughter of Suave Prospect owned by Blinkers On Racing Stable and Wayne Barke and trained by Greg Gilchrist, Shakenwithanolive has run just three times this year. She whipped optional claimers at Golden Gate Jan. 9 and then was fourth against the boys in the King Glorious there Feb. 28. She wasn't seen again until Aug. 23 when she beat older optional claimers at Golden Gate. The horse she defeated, Testify to Love, flattered that form by coming right back to win. Glen Corbett rides.

San Rafael Swell will attempt to hold up the local contingent after doing some decent work at Yavapai Downs this summer. Three of her four wins have come here.

Topper's Gem comes in from Emerald off a maiden win and sharp allowance second Aug. 23.