09/28/2005 11:00PM

Wild Fit already running like a professional


ARCADIA, Calif. - Wild Fit, the unbeaten 2-year-old filly, seldom seems to act her age.

"She's like a 7-year-old gelding," said trainer Jeff Mullins. "She doesn't make any mistakes and loves her job."

even runs like a veteran, having won both of her races, including the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante at Del Mar on Aug. 27. Saturday, Wild Fit risks her unbeaten record in the $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita, which at 1 1/16 miles will be her first start around two turns.

A victory would put her on course for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park on Oct. 29, a race won the last two years by the winners of the Oak Leaf Stakes.

Mullins said he is convinced that Wild Fit has thrived since the seven-furlong Debutante, which came just 13 days after she beat maidens in her career debut over 5 1/2 furlongs.

"She's probably gained a little weight, and it looks like she's grown a little," Mullins said. "After the first start and the quick comeback, when you're able to give a horse time, it has to help."

Wild Fit will be ridden by Alex Solis in the Oak Leaf and breaks from post 4 in a field of seven. She is the lone stakes winner in the Grade 2 Oak Leaf.

Several fillies in the Oak Leaf field have experience around two turns. Diamond Omi, Indy Miss, and Madre May won over a mile at Del Mar in late August or early September. Indy Miss and Madre May won on turf, and Diamond Omi won on dirt. Indy Miss and Madre May race as an entry owned by Diamond A Racing. Indy Miss is trained by Richard Mandella; Madre May is trained by Mandella's son Gary.

Indy Miss won her only start, rallying from eighth to score by a half-length on Aug. 29. Richard Mandella said he is uncertain whether Indy Miss is best on turf. "It depends on whether she can handle the dirt," he said. "She's kind of all legs."

Diamond Omi has been on trainer Bob Baffert's short list of top prospects since early summer. She needed three races to score her first win, finally doing so Sept. 7, the final day of the Del Mar meeting.

"I think she'll get better with time," Baffert said. "She has a lot of quality."

Still, Baffert is realistic about Diamond Omi's chances in the Oak Leaf, realizing that Wild Fit is a deserving favorite.

"Wild Fit will be tough to beat," Baffert said. "She's pretty damn frightening."

In both of her starts, Wild Fit rallied from off the pace and made up seven lengths. In the Debutante, she seemed to jump into the race on the turn, quickly accelerating past eight rivals en route to a two-length win.

Her running style gives Mullins confidence that Wild Fit can handle longer races.

"We could put her on the lead if we wanted," he said. "She was outbreaking everything we had before we ran her. We're all excited to watch her run."

The field

Oak Leaf
Purse: $200,000; 1 1/16 miles; Grade 2

1Diamond OmiD. Flores9-2
2AccelerationM. Pedroza12-1
3a-Madre MayG. Stevens7-2
4Wild FitA. Solis4-5
5Evening EscortJ. Santiago15-1
6a-Indy MissJ. Court7-2
7Golden SilkK. Desormeaux8-1

* All starters carry 122 pounds
* Coupled: Madre May and Indy Miss
* Odds by Michael Hammersly