07/08/2005 11:00PM

Alphabet Kisses on cruise control

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Alphabet Kisses, the 8-5 favorite under Gary Stevens, goes wire to wire to win her third straight sprint stakes in the A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood.

Alphabet Kisses, the 8-5 favorite under Gary Stevens, goes wire to wire to win her third straight sprint stakes in the at Hollywood.

Racing on her home track and over a distance at which she excels, Alphabet Kisses proved to be unbeatable in Saturday's $150,000 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Gary Stevens, Alphabet Kisses ($5.20) led throughout the seven-furlong A Gleam, winning by three lengths over Valentine Dancer. Alphabet Kisses was timed in a quick 1:21.67.

Alphabet Kisses has won three consecutive sprint stakes, a streak that began in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes last December at Santa Anita and continued in the B. Thoughtful Stakes for statebreds here on April 24. Both of those races were at seven furlongs.

Earlier this year, she finished fourth in two stakes at 1 1/16 miles - the Sunshine Millions Distaff in January and the Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap here last month.

Alphabet Kisses was favored in the A Gleam, which drew nine fillies and mares.

Breaking from the rail, Alphabet Kisses took the lead in the first furlong while staying on the inside. She set early fractions of 22.12 and 44.59 seconds, and led by at least a half-length on the backstretch.

She extended her lead through the stretch. Valentine Dancer finished four lengths in front of Muir Beach.

The disappointment in the field was Puxa Saco, the winner of the Grade 3 Desert Stormer Handicap here last month and the 3-1 second choice in the betting. She ran at the back of the field on the backstretch and never threatened the leader.

Alphabet Kisses has won 7 of 13 starts and earned $559,639. Owned by Harris Farms and trained by Marty Jones, Alphabet Kisses has won 5 of 6 starts at Hollywood Park.

She could resurface in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 19.