10/25/2007 12:00AM

Timely Reflection facing softer

EmailTimely Reflection brings the best credentials into the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama Park near San Antonio, and she could look even better on paper before the race is run Saturday night.

A handful of fillies she faced last time are racing this weekend at Monmouth Park, with Zee Zee running Saturday in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Cato Major and Sammy Van Ammy entered in Friday's $250,000 Epitome Breeders' Cup.

Timely Reflection met all three when she finished a troubled fifth in the $200,000 Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs. She came into that race off a win in the $75,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial, a victory that makes her the lone turf stakes winner in the La Senorita.

The La Senorita, at a mile on turf for 2-year-old fillies, is co-featured with the $100,000 El Joven, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds. The races are Retama's major stakes, and the richest open-company events of the meet. The La Senorita drew a large field, including Miss Missile, a stakes winner on dirt who won the race's allowance prep on Sept. 28.

In last month's Happy Ticket, Timely Reflection finished 4 1/2 lengths behind Zee Zee. Carlos Gonzalez rode Timely Reflection.

"Carlos came back immediately after the race and said, 'This filly's displacing on us,' " said Bret Calhoun, who trains Timely Reflection for Ward Stables. A displaced soft palate can cut off a horse's air flow.

"She didn't have a great trip, either," Calhoun said. "She was wide. Quickly after that race we did some minor throat surgery on her, to kind of help prevent her from displacing, and everything's pretty much gone perfect since that time. So, she's coming into the race well, and we're hoping that we've helped her, her throat."

Timely Reflection has won her two other starts - she closed from seventh in her debut, and surged up the rail in the one-mile Wilhite.

"Her first race, she was in a lot of trouble and came through," said Calhoun. "The second race, she had to wait quite a bit, couldn't get through, then got through. She's very brave for a young filly. She sure doesn't have any problem running through traffic or going between or inside of them, or sitting behind them."

Rohan Singh has the mount on Timely Reflection.

The El Joven features the matchup of Picaso, a $6,000 supplement following his win in the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile, and Stormy Wedding, third-place finisher in a division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. There is a special first post of 5 p.m. Central.