11/11/2005 12:00AM

Top two a show of contrasts


ALBANY, Calif. - Brahms Allegro was expected to have talent from the start, not that having been bought for $450,000 at a Keeneland yearling sale guarantees success.

Cinderella Liberty was a modest yearling buy in Washington, the daughter of a first-year sire.

They meet at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, in the $50,000 Piedmont for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

debuted for a $25,000 tag at Pleasanton, then won her next start for $32,000 at Santa Rosa. Shipped to Emerald Downs to take advantage of her Washington-bred status, she won a pair of sprint stakes and ran seventh going a mile in a stakes.

"She's a trier, and she developed nicely," trainer Jeff Bonde said. "In that mile race, she was drawn to the far outside. The rider asked too much early, and she tired."

Cinderella Liberty is the lone multiple stakes winner in the field for the Piedmont, which includes stakes winners Dancin Olivia and Celtic Crown, and stakes-placed Talverna and Aloha Mangos Kitty.

Meanwhile, , whose purchase price was nearly double the combined total spent on all her rivals in this race, did nothing wrong in her Oct. 1 debut at Bay Meadows, except run a slow time.

She was well back in a field of 11, moved up while wide on the turn, and pulled away for a solid victory. What she lacked in her clocking (1:12.50, for a Beyer Speed Figure of 51), she made up for in her professionalism.

Trainer Art Sherman was impressed by the way she went about her business. He wanted to run her in an allowance race, but scratched her after she came down with a slight fever. She quickly bounced back, and she's worked nicely since.

"We always thought she had potential," he said. "This is a lot to ask coming out of one maiden race, but most of the field is pretty much that way.

Sherman has a nice one-two punch entered, with ready to mix it up on the front end and Brahms Allegro coming from off the pace.