08/07/2001 11:00PM

Ziadie: Pharmstar's shins 'bugging her'


MIAMI - Like any athlete whose older brother or sister has already made a name for themselves in their particular field, Pharmstar will have big shoes to fill and expectations to live up to when she goes to post in Saturday's $75,000 Desert Vixen Stakes.

Pharmstar is the younger sister of Valid Forbes, who won the 2000 Desert Vixen as well as the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes for her owner, the Centaur Farms Inc., and trainer Ralph Ziadie. Pharmstar has started just once coming into the Desert Vixen and like her older sibling the summer before won her debut convincingly with an easy 5 1/2-length victory on July 14.

"It's a little early to compare the two fillies, but like Valid Forbes I think this filly is also going to be a good horse," said Ziadie, who will also send out Concorde's Appeal on Saturday in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Stakes.

Unfortunately, Pharmstar may not be 100 percent for her stakes debut, as she comes into the race with some tender shins.

"Her shins are bugging her but I'll try to hold them together for this one," said Ziadie.

"She was fine," the trainer said, until her five-furlong workout, in 1:02.80, on Monday, "but they were bothering her afterwards."

Ziadie said Pharmstar will probably have to miss the next leg of the series, the seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes, "but we'll play it by ear and see how she comes out of this one first."

Ziadie also liked his chances in the Dr. Fager, even though Concorde's Appeal enters the six-furlong dash a maiden, having finished third in his only previous start.

"He needed that first start, but he's going to improve and I'm going to win the colt race with him on Saturday," predicted Ziadie.

Like Pharmstar, Concorde's Appeal also follows in the footsteps of a stakes-winning family member, his full sister Silk Concorde, who won the 2000 Susan's Girl.

Ziadie also confirmed that the star of his barn, Sir Bear, is being pointed toward Monmouth Park's Iselin Handicap later this month. The three-time Grade 1 winner finished second in last year's Iselin.

Garcia due back

Jockey Julio Garcia, who was the regular rider for Valid Forbes here last season and not only swept both the Desert Vixen and Dr. Fager Stakes but also won five of the six divisions of the 2000 Stallion Series, is expected to resume riding locally again here this weekend. Garcia switched his tack to the West Coast earlier this year and has been riding on the Southern California circuit.

Garcia won all three legs of the open division of the 2000 Florida Stallion Series aboard Express Tour for trainer Marty Wolfson.

Racing for Pahm pays off

Racing for Pahm, a versatile sort who is always dangerous when allowed to relax on the lead, used her speed and inside post to good advantage to upset Sunday's $54,100 Liberada Handicap. The filly and mare stakes was originally scheduled for the turf but was ultimately decided over a fast main track.

Racing for Pahm, a 5-year-old daughter of Racing Star, returned quick dividends to her trainer, Dan Hurtak, who purchased the mare privately after her previous start.

Coolbythepool, who continues to improve, rallied to be second, with division leader Castlebrook finishing a well-beaten fourth after being forced to race wide throughout the 1 1/16-mile Liberada.