07/12/2009 11:00PM

Trust N Seven tries turf mile in First Lady


Trust N Seven will try a new surface and attempt two turns for the first time in the $70,000 Indiana First Lady on Monday evening at Indiana Downs. Trainer Mike Lauer doesn't think either the mile or the switch to turf will be a problem for Trust N Seven.

"Her dam placed in a Grade 3 turf race at Arlington going long," Lauer said of Seventies, whom he sent out to finish third in the 1994 Modesty Handicap. "That is all I have to go on, but it seems she should handle the grass. I am sure the distance won't be a problem."

Trust N Seven, who is 2-for-2 this season, will face 11 Indiana-bred 3-year-old fillies in the First Lady. She won an allowance race here May 12 against older Indiana fillies and mares and then came back to win the Ellen's Lucky Star in her last out June 12. Both races were at six furlongs.

Trust N Seven had a bullet work Wednesday at Churchill Downs, working four furlongs in 47.60 over a good track, the best of 35 works at the distance that day.

"That definitely wasn't intentional," Lauer said. "I didn't want her to work that fast but sometimes these things happen."

Leandro Goncalves retains the mount. "He has done everything right with her so far," said Lauer. "When they do good you have to stay with them."

Should Trust N Seven not take to the grass, Sastasticsbest is the one filly in the field who has won at a mile over the turf - and she did it against older Indiana-bred fillies and mares in her most recent start. Sastasticsbest is a perfect 3 for 3 since beginning her career in May. Trained by Merrill Roberts, Sastasticsbest won her maiden debut by 9 1/2 lengths May 20. She then came back to win an entry-level allowance event against older horses by five lengths June 12, when adding Lasix for the first time.

Sastasticsbest has come from off the pace to win all three of her starts. That style should suit her well as many of the fillies in this field have been showing early speed in sprints. Rodney Prescott retains the mount.