09/18/2005 11:00PM

Unlucky loser I Can See stretches out

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POMONA, Calif. - Less than a week after a physical liability cost her a victory in the Bustles and Bows Stakes, the one-eyed filly I Can See tries again in the $60,000 Black Swan Stakes at Fairplex Park.

is blind on her left side, and habitually shies away from things she cannot see. It happened Sept. 15 in the Bustles and Bows. I Can See launched a wide rally into the far turn, but when she passed a tiring rival on the outside, she lost her point of reference and spooked.

"When the horse [inside] disappears, she protects herself and jumps away," trainer Rafael DeLeon said.

I Can See shied outward, checked, raced very wide through the turn, then finished with a flourish and lost by a nose in the 6 1/2-furlong race.

Some bettors blamed jockey Kerwin John.

"It wasn't Kerwin's fault; the filly is like that," DeLeon said.

I Can See stretches out to 1 1/16 miles Wednesday in the Black Swan, and if she is more than a late-running sprinter, she can win the 10-filly race, which includes front-running sprinters Sarah's Hart, R Lucky Strike, and Kalookan Lassie.

DeLeon, who also owns I Can See, said running twice in six days was planned. "I wanted to run her in these two races, then give her a rest," he said.

I Can See was blind before she entered training, DeLeon said. After repeated infections, surgery was performed to remove the eyeball. The filly has an empty socket where the eye used to be.

I Can See, 1 for 7, will have speed to run at.

, the quickest horse in the race, set the pace and faded in the Generous Portion at Del Mar on Aug. 31. She routinely goes the opening quarter in 21 seconds and change, and the opening half in 44 and change. David Flores rides.

has regressed in two starts after an impressive debut win June 22 at Hollywood. She switches to leading rider Martin Pedroza and is racing a route of ground for the first time.

has not raced since July 2, but she has trained well for her comeback and already has a history of firing fresh. She won her debut.

More Angels will try to spring an upset. She won a Fairplex maiden race nine days earlier, and her even-paced running style is the type that usually plays well running long.

The others in the race are Pet Zolt, the entry of Angelic Angie and Kachina River, Turko Princess, and Aloha Mangos Kitty.