01/30/2007 12:00AM

Total delivers atypically fast work


A couple days after the 3-year-old filly Total aced her stakes debut, winning the Jan. 1 Letellier Memorial by more than six lengths, her trainer, Al Stall, remarked on how unexceptional Total's morning workouts generally appeared. That changed last Saturday. In her major breeze for the Feb. 10 Silverbulletday Stakes, Total finally put up a glittering work time, five furlongs in 59.40 seconds, the fastest of 51 works at the distance that morning.

Total, who was bred and is owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, has won three straight races by open lengths since she finished second in her debut at Saratoga last summer. She has yet to attempt a distance beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, and is by the middle-distance and speed sire Forest Wildcat, but Total is also from an old Claiborne family filled with stamina, and as average as her morning work has been, she has a certain presence.

"She's not a big filly or anything," Stall said the week after the Letellier, "but when you look at her in the paddock she seems a lot bigger. Joyeaux Danseur was the same way."

Joyeaux Danseur developed into a top grass horse for Stall several seasons ago, and there is reason to think Total might of similarly high quality, her work Saturday doing nothing to discourage that thought.

"She worked way behind a couple other horses," Stall said Tuesday. "She was going along relaxed and comfortable, taking the dirt, and on her own she said, 'I'm going to go get them,' and she cruised up to them. Everything was good."

One of Total's primary rivals in the Silverbulletday, Appealing Zophie, had her main work for the race Tuesday, breezing six furlongs in company with stablemate Zanjero in a strong 1:13. Appealing Zophie's major win at 2 came in the Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga. In her most recent start, she finished second in the Dec. 1 Delta Princess Stakes. Zanjero, who closed his 2-year-old campaign with a second to Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Remsen Stakes, is slated to make his 3-year-old debut in the Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 10.

"I was very impressed with them," trainer Steve Asmussen said. "They step off into pretty deep water, and I think they're ready for it."

Get Ready Bertie to Silverbulletday?

Trainer Steve Flint said Tuesday that Get Ready Bertie, who won the Tiffany Lass Stakes on Jan. 13 at Fair Grounds, also has become a candidate for the Silverbulletday. Flint initially suggested Get Ready Bertie would pass the race to stay fresh for major races later this winter and spring, but said the Tiffany Lass "wasn't as tough on her as I thought it might have been."

Get Ready Bertie, with 3 wins from 8 starts, is about "60-40" to go in the Silverbulletday, Flint said.

Other possible starters for the race, a prep for the Fair Grounds Oaks, are Dawn After Dawn, Notinmyhouse, Gal Wonder, Meadowlanding, and Grace Happens.

Circular Quay coming for Risen Star

Michael McCarthy, the California-based assistant to suspended trainer Todd Pletcher, confirmed Tuesday that Circular Quay would ship in for the Risen Star.

"I believe he ships four days before the race," McCarthy said.

Circular Quay hasn't started since finishing a distant second to Street Sense in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Earlier last year, he won the Hopeful at Saratoga and finished second in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

Also expected to ship from California for the Risen Star is Notional, who easily won the San Rafael at Santa Anita in his most recent start. Other possible runners are Makeithappencaptain, Scat Thief, and Slews Tizzy.

Forty Grams 'a great prospect'

Forty Grams stomped inferior foes in an entry-level allowance race Monday at Fair Grounds, marking himself as a 3-year-old stakes prospect for the Asmussen barn. Forty Grams faced high-quality opposition when he lost his first two starts in Kentucky, but won a one-mile maiden race by more than three lengths on Jan. 8 at Fair Grounds, and came back with a 13-length blowout in Monday's eighth race.

"I think he's a great prospect right now," Asmussen said. "He's a big, strong, fast horse."

Forty Grams, owned by Second Wind Farm and George Bolton, is a son of Distorted Humor purchased for $300,000 at a 2005 yearling sale.

Saint Anddan tops Thursday feature

Trainer Bobby Frankel is a numbers guy, and it seems clear that Saint Anddan ran the best race of his life in a second-level allowance race on Jan. 6 at Fair Grounds. Frankel acknowledges that Saint Anddan could bounce when he comes back in Thursday's featured eighth race, a third-level six-furlong allowance, but also wonders if it will matter.

"Even if he does bounce, he can still win," said Frankel, who has won with 5 of 20 starters this winter at Fair Grounds.

Saint Anddan comfortably beat the talented Music School in that recent win, and he has only five rivals in Thursday's race.

His chief challengers appear to be Rogue Scholar, who takes a class drop making his first start since Aug. 26; True Course, who won a second-level Churchill allowance by two lengths Nov. 12; and Safe Play, who gets a class hike after a claim by trainer Cody Autrey.