06/03/2010 11:00PM

Antares World tries her luck in Oaks


A tour of central California stallion farms earlier this week kept breeders Larry and Marianne Williams and their farm manager Dan Kiser on the go for several days.

This weekend, they plan to stop that travel, head back to headquarters in Parma, Idaho, and watch one of their leading fillies attempt an upset in Sunday's $150,000 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park.

Antares World, a California-bred filly owned and bred by the Williamses, makes her second start in a graded stakes in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks, her most difficult career assignment to date. Antares World is part of a five-horse field led by Blind Luck, winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the leading 3-year-old filly in the nation.

"We're hoping for a fair pace and then maybe we can get a little lucky," Kiser said.

Trained at Golden Gate Fields by Steve Specht, Antares World is making her second trip to Southern California this weekend. She finished eighth in the Grade 2 Providencia Stakes on turf at Santa Anita in April, pulling jockey Frank Alvarado through the first part of that race. Antares World rebounded to win the Golden Poppy Stakes on turf at Golden Gate Fields on April 17, her most recent start and her second stakes win.

Specht knows he's facing an outsanding filly in Blind Luck on Sunday, but says it's worth the gamble.

"I didn't come down to run second," Specht said. "I came down to win it. Hopefully, we can get her to settle, get a jump on them, and hold off Blind Luck."

Last December, Blind Luck won the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet by seven lengths.

Last December, Antares World had yet to win a stakes. By Decarchy out of the Spinning World mare Alashir's World, Antares World needed three races to beat maidens, then won an optional claimer and was second in the Corte Madera Stakes over a mile at Golden Gate Fields last December.

She won the California Oaks over a mile on Jan. 1 for her first stakes win. The win came a year after Kiser and the Williamses began hearing good reports from Idaho trainer Dru Hall about Antares World's early training.

"Dru Hall had her in Boise at the start of her 2-year-old season and he was telling me she was something special," Kiser said.

Alashir's World won 2 of 6 starts and $76,200 for the Williamses in 2002 and 2003. She was eighth in her only stakes appearance, the Harold Ramser Stakes at Santa Anita in 2003, her final career start.

Alashir's World was bred to Decarchy earlier this year. The mare foaled a Stormin Fever filly earlier this year and has a yearling filly by Salt Lake.

Similar to the other Williams-owned mares, Alashir's World splits her time between California and Idaho. The family's Tree Top Ranches is located in Parma, approximately 40 miles west of Boise. The Williamses have 20 mares that are bred in California.

"We send the mare to California a month before they foal," Kiser said. "They spend eight months in Idaho and three or four months in California. We breed to a lot of different sires in California."

Larry Williams is the former owner of Idaho Timber and owns a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon. The Williamses have campaigned such runners as Lucky Pulpit ($209,928), now a sire at Harris Farms in California, Yodelan Dan ($398,682), and the five-time stakes winner Lady Railrider ($396,700).

A win on Sunday in the Hollywood Oaks, or even another stakes win later this year, would put Antares World on the esteemed list.