02/07/2007 12:00AM

Wind Water stays at his level


ARCADIA, Calif. - Wind Water has won three consecutive starts, but the streak has not changed trainer Brian Koriner's opinion of what races best fit the 5-year-old gelding.

Wind Water's winning streak includes a $50,000 claimer on Sept. 30, the California Cup Starter Sprint Handicap in October, and an optional claimer at Bay Meadows on Dec. 13.

Friday at Santa Anita, Wind Water will try to stretch his winning streak to four in an optional claimer at six furlongs at Santa Anita. Wind Water is one of three entrants in the field of eight who is eligible to be claimed for $62,500.

It is not a prep for any major races in the future, Koriner said.

"I don't want to overmatch him," Koriner said. "He fits with high-priced claimers and in classified allowances, stuff like that."

Owned by a partnership, Wind Water has won 10 of 28 starts and $378,203. He was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last summer and has not lost since. For Koriner, Wind Water has led in all three of his wins.

"If we get rain, it will be even better," Koriner said. "He'll run good either way. He's made a lot of money the hard way."

Wind Water drew post 2, and he will be urged to the lead by jockey Aaron Gryder. Wind Water could face early pressure from Grinding It Out, Sunday Times, and Tricky Day. Those three can contribute to a hot pace, but have not always finished well.

Grinding It Out will be making his first start since finishing second in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap here last April. Trained by Neil French, Grinding It Out won two races at this meeting last year at 6 1/2 furlongs and seven furlongs before finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind Surf Cat in the Potrero Grande.

The two horses drawn widest - Datticus and Jack's Kid - can play a role.

Datticus, a 7-year-old gelding, has made just four starts in his career and is unraced since finishing second in a one-mile allowance race at Del Mar in August 2005. Trained by Ron Ellis, Datticus has never finished worse than third. He won a maiden race for sprinters at Hollywood Park in June 2005.

Jack's Kid won an allowance race at 6 1/2 furlongs on Hollywood Park's synthetic track on Dec. 16, disputing the lead and pulling clear to win by three lengths. On Nov. 25, he closed from fourth to finish second in an allowance race at six furlongs.