Updated on 09/17/2011 8:49PM

Two may offer surprising value


SAN MATEO, Calif. - A recent maiden winner and the only stakes winner in the field could be interesting plays in Saturday's $55,000-added Burlingame Stakes at Bay Meadows, but they won't be favored.

won her maiden in her first start for trainer Doug O'Neill after a private purchase. Tense Wager, who has won 2 of 4 starts here, captured the low-rated Courtship Stakes here last fall.

They will offer value in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

, fresh off a disappointing effort in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes one week ago, and Laguna Pointe, who has already won an allowance race at Saturday's distance at this meeting, appear to be the likely favorites in the field of seven.

There are no confirmed front-runners in the field, which could dictate a strategic change in tactics. Laguna Pointe appears the most likely to try for the lead, although Unusual Spring showed improved speed in her graduation run.

O'Neill said that when Unusual Spring drew the rail in that race, her owners instructed jockey Omar Figueroa "to get after her a bit early and try to get good position so she wouldn't be shut off."

Figueroa put the filly closer to the pace than usual, and she still finished well.

"She'd run some really good races," said O'Neill, who added that Unusual Spring's previous trainer, Luis Seglin, "keeps his horses in good condition, and, when we heard she was for sale, we took a chance.

"We're very happy," he said. "She ran about the same number she had before, but it's good to have a 3-year-old filly that can two-turn."

While Laguna Pointe and Unusual Spring may end up battling for the lead, Hold the Game and Cosmic Lady have the speed to be sitting closer than usual.

While the pace may not be fast, it could be competitive enough to help On London Time, who was a close third in the one-mile Corte Madera at Golden Gate Fields in December, Tense Wager; and Home Ice.

The Corte Madera was Tense Wager's first try around two turns. She ran on the deeper inside portion of the track and gave way after the first half-mile.

"She didn't go as good as I'd hoped," her trainer, Duane Offield, said. "She was a little fresh that day because a sprint we had hoped for didn't go as a prep."

Tense Wager was making her first start in two months in that race and has a similar layoff here. Offield, though, has been able to train her up to this race.

"We've put two good three-quarter works into her," he said. "That will help her."