02/02/2006 12:00AM

Wild Fit probably needs a race


ARCADIA, Calif. - Wild Fit, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last October, is on course for her 3-year-old debut in the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 11. But trainer Patrick Biancone warns that Wild Fit may need a start to be at her best.

Thursday, Wild Fit breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.40 under jockey Alex Solis. It was her fifth workout since the start of the year.

"I would say she needs a little racing," Biancone said. "We'll start now and go from there. It's a long year."

The Las Virgenes, for 3-year-old fillies, is run over a mile. Probable starters include Diplomat Lady, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes in December; Balance, the winner of the Sharp Cat Stakes in November; and Dance Daily, the winner of the Santa Ynez Stakes last month. Dance Daily, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Thursday.

"You don't find any easy Grade 1's," Biancone said. "We're happy and Alex is happy."

Wild Fit has yet to start since being purchased for $3 million by Coolmore Stud agent Demi O'Bryne in November. The filly's new owners are John Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor.

Last year, when trained by Jeff Mullins, Wild Fit won 2 of 4 starts, including a sharp two-length win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs.

In the BC Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles, Wild Fit rallied from 10th to finish 1 1/4 lengths behind eventual champion Folklore.

Valdivia wins event in Peru

It is safe to say that jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. will not have a week quite like this one anytime soon.

Monday, Valdivia, 31, flew to his native Peru, where he won a jockeys' competition on Tuesday at the Hipodromo de Monterrico in Lima.

The four-race competition featured 12 jockeys, including such well-known American-based riders as Cornelio Velasquez, Edgar Prado, and Rafael Bejarano.

Valdivia said he donated "an undisclosed amount" of his $5,000 prize to a children's hospital and a jockeys' school in Peru.

"It meant a lot to win because I'm from there," he said. "I left when I was 14 but I have a lot of friends and family there. I had never ridden there. It made me feel very emotional. I grew up watching my dad ride and then train."

After spending Tuesday evening in Lima, visiting with old friends and family, Valdivia flew back to Los Angeles, arriving early Wednesday morning.

While he was winless with two rides at Santa Anita on Wednesday, Valdivia is looking forward to Saturday's program. He rides the outsider Distorted in the $300,000 Strub Stakes and has the mount on the European import Attima in a $48,000 optional claimer on the hillside turf course.

Distorted breaks from post 13, the far outside, in the Strub Stakes. The colt won two allowance races at Hollywood in the fall, but was seventh in the San Fernando BC Stakes here on Jan. 14 as a 7-2 shot.

Valdivia was aboard for all three races.

"I really loved him last time," Valdivia said. "I felt he was a little flat that day. He didn't seem like the Distorted that I knew.

"Now, we'll be a longshot. He won two decent allowance races. I'm hoping he gives me his run and we'll find out if he's good enough. I've always been high on him."

* Jockey Felipe Martinez had his best day of the meeting on Wednesday, riding three consecutive winners. He won the third race with Mesa Magic ($6.80), the fourth with Niagara Causeway ($4.80), and the fifth with Iflookscouldkill ($2.80).