09/20/2007 12:00AM

Yonagucci attempts two turns

EmailMIAMI - A potential trip to the Breeders' Cup could be the reward if Yonagucci shows trainer Manny Azpurua she can stay the one mile and 70 yards of Saturday's $150,000 Brave Raj Stakes at Calder.

The Brave Raj, for juvenile fillies, and its counterpart, the $150,000 Foolish Pleasure for 2-year-old colts and geldings, highlights Saturday's Festival of the Sun Preview program, which also includes the $100,000 Needles and $100,000 Judy's Red Shoes stakes on the turf.

Yonagucci returns home after finishing third behind Irish Smoke in Saratoga's Grade 1 Spinaway at seven furlongs on Sept. 2. A daughter of Yonaguska, Yonagucci is undefeated and virtually untested in two starts over the local oval.

"I know she's a very good horse," said Azpurua. "The one thing I need to find out is if she will go two turns. That's the only question I have with this filly. If she shows me Saturday she can handle the distance, then we'll consider taking her to the Breeders' Cup for the Juvenile Fillies. If not I'll just keep her here and look for races around one turn."

Yonagucci, who hit the starting gate and raced wide before rallying in the Spinaway, worked a half-mile in 48.40 seconds from the gate in company with her older stablemate Langworthy here Monday. The work was not without incident.

"She took a misstep leaving the gate the other morning that had me a little concerned," said Azpurua. "Fortunately, she's fine and I was very pleased with the way she worked."

Regular rider Jeffrey Sanchez will again get the assignment on Yonagucci, who will break from post 4 in a field of eight 2-year-old fillies.

Another member of the field who must answer the distance question is Silk Ridge, who has risen to the top of the local division along with Yonagucci after winning the opening two legs of the Florida Stallion Stakes. A daughter of Eltish, Silk Ridge overcame a rough trip to capture the six-furlong Desert Vixen by 1 1/4 lengths before returning with an easy 8 3/4-length tally in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl. She received a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest for any 2-year-old filly here this season, for her victory in the Susan's Girl.

While Yonagucci and Silk Ridge still must prove their ability to handle two turns, several members of the lineup have already done so. That group is led by Asi Asi, who rallied from just off the pace for a 2o3/4-length triumph in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes. Tidal Dance and Magdalena's Chase, third and fourth in the Lindsay Frolic, will also contest the Brave Raj.

The two likely choices in the mile and 70-yard Foolish Pleasure, Wise Answer and Carson's Legacy, must also show they can handle the added distance.

Wise Answer earned a 97 Beyer, tops of any 2-year-old here this summer, with his impressive 6 3/4-length triumph in the seven-furlong Affirmed Stakes. Never worse than second in four starts, Wise Answer must break from post 10 in a field of 11.

Carson's Legacy posted an easy six-length maiden win in his last start. A son of Carson City, Carson's Legacy does get some stamina from his dam's side, being out of Sue's Prospect, a seven-time winner at distances beyond a mile.

Honey Honey Honey, Ed the Boxer, Hypocrite, and Surrealdeal, the respective first four finishers in the one-mile Seacliff Stakes Sept. 1, are among the other leading candidates in the Foolish Pleasure, along with Affirmed runner-up Hey Byrn and He's Eze.