Trainers Bill Delia and Duane Offield sent out fillies that dead-heated for second in the Dec. 4 Corte Madera Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, and they will meet again there in Saturday&rsquo;s $100,000 California Oaks, which also figures to attract the Corte Madera winner, Cathy&rsquo;s Crunches.\r\n\r\nThe Offield-trained Lilacs and Lace dueled the length of the stretch with the Delia-trained Game to Run, but both were passed late by Cathy&rsquo;s Crunches. The California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile New Year&rsquo;s Day race for 3-year-old fillies, is the first race of the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2, which offers up to $2.2 million in bonuses to the connections of a filly that wins designated races at MI Developments-owned tracks in addition to the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.\r\n\r\nFor both Lilacs and Lace and Game to Run, the California Oaks will be a measurement of whether they have continued to improve as they enter their 3-year-old seasons. Each has made five starts and improved her Beyer in each outing.\r\n\r\nOffield says Lilacs and Lace, a daughter of Flower Alley, will be even better as the distances increase.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;She&rsquo;s bred to go a mile and a half,&rdquo; said Offield. &ldquo;As Flower Alleys get a little more mature, they seem to run well.&rdquo;\r\n\r\nBeing from a Seattle Slew mare doesn&rsquo;t hurt either.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;We like her, and going long was one of the things we were looking forward to,&rdquo; said Offield of Lilacs and Lace, a Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel homebred. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s still growing and maturing, getting bigger and stronger.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;This is a time of year when young horses can really jump up. We&rsquo;re hoping that&rsquo;s what she&rsquo;ll do.&rdquo;\r\n\r\nOffield will again have the services of leading rider Russell Baze but is making one change with his filly &ndash; taking the blinkers off. Lilacs and Lace has led in the stretch of her three route tries, winning once and finishing second twice.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;She&rsquo;s always been real keen in the first quarter,&rdquo; said Offield. &ldquo;We just need to settle her down, and she might have more left in the lane.&rdquo;\r\nAs for Game to Run, Delia thinks her future is on turf, but he wants to take advantage of Saturday&rsquo;s two-turn race, which is run on the Tapeta. He also nominated Game to Run to Friday&rsquo;s $75,000 Blue Norther at one mile on the turf at Santa Anita, but said he intends to run her in the Oaks.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;I&rsquo;d like to keep her on the grass,&rdquo; Delia said. &ldquo;I think she&rsquo;s better there. She&rsquo;s got action for the turf. I think she will excel on the turf but, right now, I just want her to get through this hurdle.&rdquo; \r\n\r\nGame to Run, a Patricia Ford homebred, graduated on the turf.\r\n\r\nDelia was pleased with the filly&rsquo;s final work Sunday, saying she finished strongly in a 48.60 half-mile drill. His hopes are high for a good performance Saturday.\r\n\r\n&ldquo;She&rsquo;s still learning and has room to improve,&rdquo; Delia said. &ldquo;But I think this filly has a chance to develop into a nice stakes horse.&rdquo;\r\n\r\n◗ Vadertore, making his first start since New Year&rsquo;s Day, scored an impressive victory Sunday, opening day of the Golden Gate winter-spring meet, running down Reagan Republican to win a six-furlong allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.93 under Inoel Beato. Vadertore, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Harris Farms, has two wins, a second and third from five starts.\r\n\r\nBeato and Omar Figueroa each had two wins on Opening Day.\r\n\r\n◗ Fans attending the races this weekend will enjoy Dollar Day pricing on both Saturday and Sunday.