Bear Fan, Miss Amer­ica show­case dif­fer­ent tal­ents

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Chuck Dyb­dal

Af­ter tak­ing a shot against the boys, Isa Fire­cracker re­turns to face fil­lies and mares in the $75,000 Bear Fan Stakes on Satur­day at Golden Gate Fields. The Bear Fan, race 10 on a 12-race card, is for state­breds go­ing six fur­longs on the Tapeta.

Also on Satur­day, the Miss Amer­ica for fil­lies and mares go­ing 1 1/16 miles on the turf will be run in two $50,000 di­vi­sions as races 7 and 9.

Isa Fire­cracker fin­ished third of six against males Oct. 6 in the $100,000 Harris Farms Stakes on dirt at Fresno. She sat in mid­pack and cir­cled five wide on the turn be­fore tir­ing in the lane.

Trainer Jamey Thomas said the only suit­able spots to run Isa Fire­cracker were a race on turf at Santa Anita or the Harris Farms.

The Bear Fan will be Isa Fire­cracker’s third start off a 10-month lay­off. In her first race back, she went wire to wire in an op­tional-claim­ing sprint on the Golden Gate Tapeta on Aug. 31.

Isa Fire­cracker has worked steadily since the Harris Farms.

“We knew there was noth­ing be­tween Fresno and the Bear Fan, so we backed off her a lit­tle bit and spread her works out,” Thomas said. “She’s a good work horse and gets her­self pretty fit.”

Spring Heat, fourth in last year’s Bear Fan and com­ing off a front-run­ning win for a $50,000 tag at Golden Gate, may be the one Isa Fire­cracker has to catch. He­len’s Tiger has a win and three sec­onds in her last five starts, all five-fur­long op­tional-claim­ing sprints on turf in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Miss Amer­ica: Psy­cho Sis­ter set

Psy­cho Sis­ter, who also faced males in her last race, is the clear speed of the field in the sec­ond divi­sion of the Miss Amer­ica. She scored fron­trun­ning wins in two one-mile al­lowance races on the turf at Golden Gate be­fore ship­ping to Santa Anita for the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile on Oct. 6. Psy­cho Sis­ter set the pace for the open­ing half-mile and tired to fin­ish sev­enth, nine lengths back of one-two fin­ish­ers Sharp Samu­rai and Fly to Mars, two of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s top turf mil­ers.

“I think she’s at her best at a mile,” said trainer Ari Her­bert­son, ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to run against males. “It was a tough race, but she didn’t em­bar­rass her­self.”

Re­cent rains may have soft­ened the course at Golden Gate, but that should not hurt Psy­cho Sis­ter, who won an al­lowance race over yield­ing turf here in April.

Her­bert­son said he had hoped to run Psy­cho Sis­ter in a race three weeks ago, but the card was can­celed be­cause of poor air qual­ity caused by the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia fires.

“She’s been off a lit­tle longer than ex­pected,” Her­bert­son said. “She’s train­ing good right now, and we’re pretty con­fi­dent.”

Bella Luma, who won the Golden Poppy over this course last spring and has never fin­ished off the board in three starts here, and Pantson­fire, who has been run­ning in graded stakes down south, will chal­lenge Psy­cho Sis­ter.

In the first divi­sion of the Miss Amer­ica, Sweet Char­ity looks in po­si­tion to get her first U.S. stakes vic­tory. A stakes win­ner in her na­tive France, Sweet Char­ity put in her usual late run to be third in the Kathryn Crosby on the turf Nov. 9 at Del Mar.

Re­cent al­lowance win­ner Dut­ton’s Le­gend and the speedy Sa­van­nah Slew are among the lo­cally based horses set to chal­lenge Sweet Char­ity.

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