10/16/2003 11:00PM

Wind Flow in a blowout?


ARCADIA, Calif. - Wind Flow's trainer, Caesar Dominguez, evaluated the competition that his filly trounced in the $48,000 Bustles and Bows Stakes last month at Fairplex Park. "I hate to say this," Dominguez said, "but she was running against $40,000 fillies. Even though it was a stakes race, it was a weak stakes race."

Mike Machowsky, however, suggested there was less separating the filly he trains, Miss Sand Bar, from Wind Flow than the seven-length margin of the Bustles and Bows might indicate. "I'm not taking anything away from the winner, but you know how certain horses love the bullring," he said. "I'm hoping being back on a mile track will bring them together."

Wind Flow and Miss Sand Bar meet again Sunday at Santa Anita in the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies in which Wind Flow figures to start favored. The four other starters are Hot Weekend, from the streaking Doug O'Neill barn; the Jenine Sahadi-trained Quanah County and Winendynme; and Free's Lil Lass.

If Wind Flow reproduces her last start for Dominguez, the Anoakia is history.

"She looks good, I have to say myself," the trainer said. Of course, Dominguez is notorious for his enthusiasm. In this case, the excitement is justified.

Wind Flow won her debut in a quarter-mile sprint at Santa Anita and was pointing for the 2-year-old stakes series at Hollywood Park when she cut her leg and ended up missing the entire season. By the time she healed, Del Mar had begun. "I had to run her in a Grade 2 right off the bat," Dominguez said.

Wind Flow finished fourth in the Grade 2 Sorrento, then set the pace and finished fourth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, won by Halfbridled. The class drop into the Bustles and Bows was just what the doctor ordered.

Wind Flow took control early, opened up a five-length lead after a half-mile, and coasted home by seven while earning an extraordinary 97 Beyer Figure. The win was her second from four starts and increased her earnings to $74,300. Not bad for a filly who was purchased for $21,000 as a weanling by owners Peter and Barbra Walski. "She's got that Quarter Horse look about her," said Dominguez.

A daughter of Indian Charlie, Wind Flow has been training well. She drew the inside post, but it might not be much of a burden: In the first 27 races this meet (through Thursday) at six furlongs, the post produced seven winners, a 26 percent strike rate.

Corey Nakatani rides Wind Flow; Martin Pedroza rides Miss Sand Bar. The latter filly has finished first or second in all five starts and has earned $55,800. She was purchased for only $20,000.