08/25/2009 11:00PM

Two fillies joining the males in Mile

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Lethal Heat (above) and Allicansayis Wow will face males in Saturday's Del Mar Mile on turf.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Allicansayis Wow and Lethal Heat chased Zenyatta in major stakes over the last three months, managing, at best, third-place finishes.

Their respective trainers are done with that career path for now. Heck, they figure it will be easier to send those two fillies against males in Saturday's $300,000 Del Mar Mile on turf.

Not that the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile is a free pass for either of them. The race is led by Monterey Jazz, the winner of the last month.

"It's Monterey Jazz; it's always somebody," said Patrick Biancone, who trains Allicansayis Wow.

Biancone's assessment of the competition is accurate. The front-running Monterey Jazz will be a strong favorite in the Del Mar Mile, which is part of the Breeders' Cup's Win and You're In program for the BC Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 7.

Allicansayis Wow was third to Zenyatta in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap in May and fifth in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap in June, both at Hollywood Park. Lethal Heat was third to Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes here on Aug. 9, beaten just three-quarters of a length.

Both fillies have run well on turf - Allicansayis Wow rebounded from her losses to Zenyatta to win an allowance race on turf at Hollywood Park on July 11. Lethal Heat was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on turf in 2008, her most recent start on the surface. Both worked on Del Mar's turf course on Wednesday. Allicansayis Wow worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds, while Lethal Heat went three furlongs in 34.80 seconds.

Owned by Mrs. Paul Shanahan, Allicansayis Wow is seeking her first stakes win. She will be ridden by Garrett Gomez for the first time on Saturday in the Del Mar Mile, which drew a field of 10.

Lethal Heat will be after her fifth stakes win and first in a graded race since the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks in June 2008. Trainer Barry Abrams is banking on a fast pace from Monterey Jazz to help Lethal Heat's late kick.

"I think she can run a good race if there is a fast target to run at," he said. "She's a good horse. If Monterey Jazz runs his race, he'll go 1:32 and no one will beat him."

10 likely for Pacific Classic

The probable field for the $1 million Pacific Classic on Sept. 6 has reached double digits.

As of Wednesday, the candidates are Awesome Gem, Colonel John, Einstein, Informed, Mast Track, Misremembered, Parading, Rail Trip, Song of Navarone, and Tres Borrachos.

Einstein and Parading are the only two shippers. Einstein won the Santa Anita Handicap in March, while Parading finished fifth as the 2-1 favorite in the $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 11.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Wednesday that Asiatic Boy is only an outside contender for the Pacific Classic, and may remain at Saratoga for the Woodward Stakes on Sept. 5.

Baze plotting return

Jockey Tyler Baze is aiming for a return from a broken finger on Sept. 4, according to his agent, Ron Ebanks.

Baze intends to ride the 3-year-old filly Carlsbad in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for sprinters that day. Carlsbad worked five furlongs in 57.60 seconds on Wednesday.

Tuesday, Baze traveled to Los Angeles to see Dr. James Tibone, who advised a week of therapy on a broken pinky finger followed by a reassessment. Baze injured the the pinky of his left hand when he was unseated before the 10th race last Saturday.

"They put a small brace on his arm," Ebanks said. "He'll have therapy for the next six days. If the inflammation comes down, we've got a target of Sept. 4. We're not looking at riding eight or 10 a day. We're looking at stakes horses."

At the time of the injury, Baze was second in the jockey standings to Joel Rosario. Baze is booked to ride San Diego Handicap winner Informed in the Pacific Classic and Battle of Hastings in the $350,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6.

Quinonez appealing penalty

Jockey Alonso Quinonez intends to appeal a five-day suspension he was given on Aug. 20 for causing interference in the third race on Aug. 19, he said on Wednesday.

Quinonez was supposed to start the suspension on Thursday, but it has been postponed pending a hearing.