06/25/2003 11:00PM

Usual Manner has speed in J j'sdream


MIAMI - Trainer Angel Salinas got away with a little highway robbery by running the extremely fast Usual Manner under a $32,000 price tag when he successfully launched the young filly's career at Calder earlier this month. On Saturday, Salinas and Usual Manner will try to steal the major portion of the $100,000 purse up for grabs in the 5 1/2-furlong J j'sdream Stakes, the first stakes race for 2-year-olds at Calder this season.

Usual Manner used her high speed to run away quickly from six overmatched rivals in her debut before drawing off to a nine-length victory, with jockey Manoel Cruz acting as little more than a passenger throughout the five-furlong dash. Her final time of 59.79 seconds is the quickest posted by any juvenile thus far at the meet, earning her a Beyer Speed Figure of 80. She was further flattered after the second- and third-place finishers, High on Luck and Special Concerto, both returned to win their next starts.

Luckily for Salinas and owner-breeder Michael Sherman's Farnsworth Farm, there were no takers in Usual Manner's debut, and she should prove too fast for the 11 other juvenile fillies in the J j'sDream.

Salinas and Sherman will be seeking their second straight J j'sdream victory. They combined to win the race a year ago with longshot Heavenly Miss.

Trainer Manny Azpurua took even more of a chance at first asking with his undefeated Prohibido Olividar, who won her debut by 6 1/2 lengths, racing for a mere $12,500 claiming price. She returned just 10 days later to rally from far back and well wide to defeat first-level allowance company by nine widening lengths over a sloppy track.

Outstanding Lady returns from New York, where she was entered but scratched from the Fashion Stakes on June 5. Like Usual Manner, Outstanding Lady has flashed high speed in both her previous starts, including a 4 3/4-length maiden allowance victory here on April 27.

Among the other key contenders in the J j'sdream are Mystery's Jules, an 8 1/2-length maiden claiming winner on June 3; Lavender Girl, a two-length maiden allowance winner in her second career start; and Sami's Girl, who is out to rebound from a fifth-place finish behind Prohibido Olividar as the 3-5 favorite following an easy and very impressive debut win 16 days earlier.

The remainder of the field includes Katy's Quick, For All Who Dream, Miss Ginalie, Souther Division, Magic Line, and Ladyinareddress.