04/26/2004 11:00PM

American Son should like 10 furlongs


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - American Son tries to help reverse trainer Doug O'Neill's slow start to the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting in Thursday's fourth race.

O'Neill, who won the training title with 37 victories here last summer, had one win from 17 starters in the first week of the meeting.

Thursday, O'Neill has eight runners in six races. He has at least one starter in each race from the third through eighth, which includes two $54,000 allowance races at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

starts from the rail in the fourth race, one of the co-features.

American Son has raced only on turf in six starts, winning a maiden race at Arlington Park last summer and an allowance race at Fair Grounds in December while trained by Mike Stidham.

American Son was transferred to O'Neill in late winter and has made one start for the stable, finishing third in an optional claimer over a mile on turf at Santa Anita on April 7. American Son closed ground late and was beaten only a length, giving O'Neill the hope that the 4-year-old can be effective at 1 1/4 miles.

"I think the longer the better," O'Neill said. "He seems like a horse with a lot of stamina. It should not be a problem."

American Son has seven opponents, including Ringaskiddy, the winner of the Grade 1 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap in 2002, and Ashoka, the winner of an allowance race at Santa Anita on April 11.

has been sidelined with injuries twice since the 2002 San Juan Capistrano. He has made four starts this year, including a fifth in the San Juan Capistrano on April 18. Trained by Juan Garcia, Ringaskiddy is entered to be claimed for $80,000. He was entered for a $100,000 claiming price when he finished seventh at Santa Anita on Feb. 20.

Ashoka has a promising future. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Ashoka returned from a layoff of 7 1/2 months to win on April 11.

In the other feature race, the seventh on the card, O'Neill starts Go on Baby, who finished sixth in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita on March 27. She was moved up to fifth when the winner, Megahertz, was disqualified.

In February at Santa Anita, the front-running Go on Baby finished a game third in the La Zanzara Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Go on Baby was second in the Hermosa Beach Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf here in December.