09/18/2008 11:00PM

Wickednwackyingrid carefully spotted


POMONA, Calif. - Wickednwackyingrid was entered for the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Fairplex Park earlier this month, but then trainer Jack Carava opted to scratch. Wickednwackyingrid has yet to try a stakes in her 10-race career, and Carava wanted conditions to be optimum for such a race.

Carava believes he has found such a race in Sunday's $100,000 Las Madrinas Handicap at Fairplex Park. The strategy could provide Wickednwackyingrid with the clear lead that she needs to be effective.

"Pace is her deal," Carava said. "She gets very aggressive. If there is a duel, whoever goes with her won't finish either."

Wickednwackyingrid has won 3 of 10 starts, including a two-length win in an optional claimer over a mile at Del Mar on Aug. 14. The Las Madrinas is run at 1 1/16 miles. Carava said that Wickednwackyingrid was fit to start in the Johnston Stakes, but that it was better to wait.

"I scratched her because I thought it was a little too tight on her schedule," he said. "I got a couple of more breezes in her."

In the Las Madrinas, Wickednwackyingrid will be pursued by Dona Amelia, who was second to Bai and Bai in the Johnston Stakes. Claimed for $50,000 in June, Dona Amelia is winless in nine starts since May 2007.

"I hope someone pressures Wickednwackyingrid," said Dona Amelia's trainer Gary Sherlock. "My filly made up a lot of ground on Bai and Bai."

Lemon Chiffon is making her fourth consecutive stakes appearance after finishing fourth in the Redondo Beach Stakes at Hollywood Park, the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park, and the Adoration Handicap at Del Mar during the spring and summer.

Trainer Sean McCarthy has galloped Lemon Chiffon on Santa Anita's infield training track to acclimate her to the tight turns at Fairplex Park.

"I think she'll handle it," McCarthy said. "I've had her on the training track [at Santa Anita]. The obvious question is whether she'll handle the conditions."

Exceeding, 8, tries something new

Exceeding, an 8-year-old gelding, has won 12 of 30 starts and $490,485 racing throughout California.

At his advanced age, Exceeding will try something new when he starts in Sunday's $65,000 Governor's Cup Handicap - racing on Fairplex Park's tight five-eighths-mile track. Bill Spawr, who has trained Exceeding to two wins since claiming him for $50,000 in July, believes the gelding can handle a different track in the Governor's Cup, which is run at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"He acts like a horse that will handle it," Spawr said. "I think he drew where he'll have dead aim to handle the turns."

Exceeding will break from post 2 in a field of 9. Spawr has given Exceeding a work over the Fairplex Park track, a half-mile in 47.80 seconds last Tuesday, to give him a chance to adapt.

Exceeding has won 3 of his last 4, at claiming prices ranging of $50,000 to $62,500. "He tries every time," Spawr said. "He's very good."

Exceeding will come from off the pace. Sailors Sunset, who has drawn the outside, may have the early lead. A 5-year-old gelding trained by Marcelo Polanco, Sailors Sunset was third in the Pirate's Bounty Handicap at Del Mar in his last start on Sept. 3.

Look for Kalookan Dancer early

Kalookan Dancer, a stakes winner at the Solano County Fair in Vallejo this year, will attempt to win a stakes at Fairplex Park for the second consecutive year in Sunday's $65,000 Bangles and Beads Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Last year, Kalookan Dancer won the Pio Pico Stakes for statebred female sprinters at Fairplex. This year, she was third in that race on Sept. 12, racing near the pace before fading in the final sixteenth.

In the Bangles and Beads, Kalookan Dancer will have a new jockey in Clinton Potts, who replaces Luis Contreras. Trained by Walther Solis for a partnership, Kalookan Dancer is likely to be near the front in a full field. The Bangles and Beads drew 11 fillies and mares, but will have a safety limit of 10 starters.

Kalookan Dancer is the only 2008 stakes winner in the field. She won the Vacaville Handicap at six furlongs on July 13.

Masterful Miss will attract support. Second in an optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 27, Masterful Miss has one victory in 15 starts for owner Charles Cono and trainer Christopher Paasch.