10/14/2011 10:52AM

Turf Paradise: Page Springs should roll in ATBA Fall Sales Stakes


PHOENIX – The brightest light on the Arizona racing stage figures to shine again Sunday as the unbeaten, untested 2-year-old filly Page Springs figures to dominate as an overwhelming favorite in the $59,144 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes filly division at Turf Paradise. The six-furlong race for juvenile fillies has a field of 11.

The boys take their turn in the spotlight as 12 go postward in the $59,756 ATBA Fall Sales Stakes colt-and-gelding division, led by dazzling 12-length trial winner Az Ridge.

But the day figures to focus on Page Springs. Owned by the Sawyer Cattle Company and trained by Dan McFarlane, the daughter of Rocky Bar has been devastating in four starts. She won her debut here April 22 by 13 1/4 lengths. She won the spring version of the ATBA Sales Stakes here May 8 by seven lengths. To prove she’s not merely a Turf Paradise specialist and not simply beating up on restricted foes, she went to Prairie Meadows for the July 16 Lassie and led all the way to win easily by 3 1/2 lengths.

Page Springs got the summer off and returned here Oct. 1 for a trial for this race and put on a show – she had a 15-length lead for much of the race, and ended up wining by 14 3/4 lengths. Her four Beyers are 67, 75, 73 and 75. The next highest in the field is 53. Glen Corbett again rides.

If there’s an upset in the making – and it would be huge – it could come from Hot on Top. Hot on Top, trained by Molly Pearson, won her debut here April 22 and since has finished second to Page Springs twice.

There’s no one near as dominant in the male division but Az Ridge hinted he may have found his game. He ran second and third in his first five starts. After a summer vacation he came here for his trial Oct. 1, went right to the lead and drew off to win with a 69 Beyer. Az Ridge has the same owner, trainer, and jockey as Page Springs.

Ten Ninety Seven, trained by Jimmie Pickard, was awfully impressive in his debut here Oct. 1, stalking the early pace, taking over and drawing off to win by 4 3/4 lengths.

◗ Sunday’s card also features a trio of Quarter Horse stakes: the Grade 3, $60,000 Bank of America Racing Challenge, the $20,000 John Deere Juvenile and the $17,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge.