07/20/2006 11:00PM

A. V. Flynn comes off track-record score


A. V. Flynn hadn't even cooled out following her track-record victory in her debut in a $25,000 maiden claiming race at Pleasanton on June 28 when trainer Steve Miyadi's phone began to ring with offers to purchase her.

The 2-year-old filly is still in Miyadi's barn, and the offers may go up Sunday if she can win the $50,000 Mick Freese Solano County Juvenile Filly Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs at the Solano County Fair.

A. V. Flynn broke Wind Water's five-furlong Pleasanton record with a 55.92-second clocking, more than a full second faster than the meet's 2-year-old stakes were run.

She grabbed a quick lead and extended her margin with ease that day and looks as if she can enjoy a similar pace advantage Sunday. But the competition will be tougher in the field of eight Cal-bred fillies.

Real Lift is the lone stakes winner entered, having won the C. Christian at Boise in her second start, after setting the pace and missing by a head in her debut against winners. In the stakes, she broke slowly from the rail and sat back early, then moved up on the turn and pulled away late.

Trainer Keith Bennett said he has relied on advice from former assistant Matt Williams, who had the filly in Boise.

"They sent her over to me three weeks ago," he said. "I've communicated [with Williams]. He let me know her fitness level, what she likes. It helps."

Bennett, who wins at a rate of 33 percent with newcomers, has given Real Lift a solid five-furlong work for her first California start. He's not sure what her best style is, or what strategy will be.

Roar's Rockette showed in her debut that she does not need the lead. She sat back early and was shuffled back even farther around the turn before unleashing a strong closing kick to beat an odds-on rival in her debut.