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Saturdays Promise Looks for a Turn of Fortune

March 08, 2003|BOB MIESZERSKI

Unbeaten in three races at 870 yards, Saturdays Promise will try for his biggest win yet in tonight's $75,000 Catalina Derby.

Owned by Roger McDow and Michael Rosenthal and trained by Dan Francisco, the 3-year-old Boone's Mill gelding was winless in his first six races at 300 and 350 yards but has blossomed around the turn. Gary Boag will ride Saturdays Promise, who won his Catalina Derby trial by more than a length in 46.02 seconds.

His main rivals are Ahme Gone and Brishane, who finished 1-2 in the other trial that went in 45.72 seconds. Ahme Gone is owned by Jackie and Rod Macpherson and trained by John Cooper, that combination having had success with 870 specialist and multiple stakes winner Sign Of Lanty. Ahme Gone beat Brishane by a nose on Feb. 20. Alex Bautista will ride Ahme Gone, and Baltazar Contreras has the mount for owner-trainer Blane Schvaneveldt on Brishane.

The picks: 1. Bluegrass Blurr. 2. Rocket Ricky. 3. Barbies Paint. 4. Notably Noble. 5. Wanna Dash Again. 6. Under My Wing. 7. Inkys Beda Rose. 8. Foxie Lady Fisher. 9. Brishane. 10. Indigodash.

Four! Use Funny Secret and Bluegrass Blurr in the first, Timeless End and Rocket Ricky in the second, Barbies Paint and Red Ida Go in the third and Notably Noble and the Virama-Glaise entry in the fourth.

Shots in the dark: Scuba Steve debuts for trainer Jorge Farias in the fifth. Callmeshady is debuting for trainer Jose Antonio Flores in the seventh.

Post Time: 6:30 p.m.

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