06/07/2002 12:00AM

Another small field in feature


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Perhaps Midwest horsemen don't realize it yet: Arlington Park is open for business.

Entries have been slow here since the meet opened Wednesday, and Sunday's feature is a perfect example. Though 28 were nominated to the Flawlessly, an overnight turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies, only seven were entered in the race. And that's a mighty small turnout for a grass race.

Entries should pick up next week. There was racing in Chicago five days in a row before Arlington's opening, and many Kentucky outfits were still in the process of assembling their Chicago strings this week. The number of morning workers here grew steadily throughout the week, boding well for better fields in the near future.

Bettors will have to be satisfied with the seven in the $45,000 Flawlessy, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on a grass course still in mint condition for the weekend, after all scheduled turf races were rained onto the main track Wednesday through Friday.

Either Lost at Sea, Guana, or perhaps even Strikes No Spares could be favored. Guana, a European import trained by Elliot Walden, won a Keeneland allowance race in her first U.S. start, but had no stretch punch when she finished seventh at odds of 3-1 in the $100,000 Edgewood Stakes May 3 at Churchill.

Lost at Sea began her career here last summer, but transferred her talents to northern California when she left town last fall with trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Lost at Sea won only once in five starts as a 2-year-old, but has improved this season, winning 2 of her 3 starts, including a minor stakes race. She tried turf for the first time in her most recent start, finishing a creditable third in the Bay Meadows Oaks.

Strikes No Spares made her turf debut last month in the Summertime Promise at Hawthorne, and though she was soundly beaten for the win by the promising filly Maliziosa, Strikes No Spares beat Sarah Jade, a horse with talent, for the place.

U S S Tinosa's future on turf

U S S Tinosa, the sixth-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes, is switching to turf races and will be pointed for a start in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

U S S Tinosa has started only once on turf, finishing second at Arlington in the listed Manila Stakes last fall, his first start for Hollendorfer. Since then, U S S Tinosa, an Ohio-bred, has run only in dirt stakes races, his best finish being a second in the Grade 2 San Felipe.

Hollendorfer plans to take U S S Tinosa through Arlington's 3-year-old turf series, informally known as the Mid-America Triple. The series begins with the June 29 Arlington Classic, which is followed by the American Derby and the Aug. 17 Secretariat.

U S S Tinosa has worked once since the Preakness and is scheduled to breeze again soon. "He was freshened up a bit," Hollendorfer said Friday. "We'll get back to working him in the next couple days."

Meanwhile, the Hollendorfer-trained Trickey Trevor may light up metal detectors now, but after seeing the colt win a first-level allowance Wednesday, his first start since July, he appears no worse for wear despite racing with screws in his shin.

Last summer, Hollendorfer unveiled Trickey Trevor here as a 2-year-old, and he won his debut over a pair of talented horses. But Trickey Trevor then suffered a leg injury that required the insertion of screws to stabilize bone. Wednesday, as he had in his debut, Trickey Trevor showed good early speed and finished well, beating older horses and running seven furlongs in a snappy 1:22.88.

"I didn't really know what to expect," Hollendorfer said. "I thought it was a pretty decent field. He really likes it there, and that helps him."

Trickey Trevor is likely to start next in another allowance race.

Siblings point for Prairie Festival

Brother and sister tandem Mystery Giver and Ioya Two both worked an easy half-mile here Friday morning for trainer Chris Block and owner Team Block.

Both turf horses, winners of open stakes races, are being pointed for the Prairie State Festival for Illinois-breds here June 22.

Block said they would undergo a more serious drill when Arlington's turf course opens for works Wednesday.