12/23/2008 12:00AM

Two stakes among 11 juvenile races


OLDSMAR, Fla. - The stars of tomorrow will be in the spotlight at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday when the $65,000 Sandpiper for fillies and $65,000 Inaugural Stakes for both sexes top a program of 11 races for 2-year-olds.

C Karma should be favored in a strong field of 11 in the six-furlong Sandpiper (race 7). C Karma is a versatile filly who came from last to win an overnight stakes at Fair Grounds in her last start after capturing the Natalma Stakes over the turf at Woodbine earlier this fall. Cornelio Velasquez will be aboard.

C Karma faces several interesting challengers, including Dr. Zic, a filly trained by Joan Scott who posted a very fast time of 1:16.57 for 6 1/2 furlongs en route to a front-running victory in a maiden-claiming sprint at Keeneland in her debut. Dr. Zic has been training well at Tampa, including a bullet five-furlong drill of 1:00.80 on Dec. 19.

Hooh Why, who led to the final strides of the Display Stakes over the Polytrack at Woodbine, turns back in distance for the Sandpiper. Trained by Kathleen Guciardo, Hooh Why has won 2 of 6 starts and has never been worse than fourth while splitting her time between allowance and stakes company.

Sunday in Malibu, from the high-percentage stable of Mike Trombetta, comes into Saturday's race off a solid fourth in the Love Affair Stakes at Aqueduct, her first start after a five-week break. She goes for her third win.

Wicked Woman of Ny tries stakes company after running off a string of three straight wins at Calder using strong early speed.

In the Inaugural (race 10), which drew 13 juveniles going six furlongs, Prowl On goes for his third win. He fell a half-length short of winning a stakes at Presque Isle at odds of 32-1. He is trained by Adolfo Exposito and will be ridden by Willie Martinez.

Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. sends out Miles and Miles in search of his third straight win, while Dale Bennett brings Edopapas Ekepapas back for his second local start after the colt wired a solid allowance field here in a prep for the Inaugural on opening day.

Bold Captain won the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Juvenile at Thistledown in his last start. Bidham comes off a solid third in a statebred sprint stakes at Calder last time out.

Trombetta also has a representative in the Inaugural in Top Seed, who is undefeated in two starts, which came at Colonial Downs and Laurel. He has a late-running style that should fit well in a field filled with early-speed types.