04/03/2003 12:00AM

Any of the eight in this field could score


ARCADIA, Calif. - With only a four-pound spread in the weights among the eight fillies and mares in Saturday's $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita, a case can be made for all of the starters.

From Brocky's Dream, the 118-pound starting highweight, down to Icantgoforthat and Heat Haze at 114 pounds, bettors will find the Las Cienegas to be an intriguing betting race.

In the field are Repository, Brocky's Dream, and Paga, the first three finishers of the Winter Solstice Stakes on March 12; I'm the Business, Embassy Belle, and Heat Haze, who have placed in stakes in recent starts; Icantgoforthat, the winner of the Survive Stakes in January; and Secret Garden, a stakes winner at Turf Paradise in February.

The Las Cienegas Handicap is run over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

Paga, whose third in the Winter Solstice ended a one-year layoff, may go favored. Trained by Richard Mandella, Paga was out of training with a severe throat ulcer for most of 2002.

"I think she'll be better this time," Mandella said. "She'll have to be."

Repository, Heat Haze, and Brocky's Dream should run well.

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Repository led throughout the Winter Solstice Stakes, scoring by a length from the consistent Brocky's Dream. On Saturday, Repository may have to yield the early lead to Icantgoforthat, the speedy California-bred who will be trying turf for the first time. Judging from her victories in Kentucky in 2002, Repository does not need the lead to win.

Heat Haze was a stakes winner in France last September, scoring a narrow victory in the $40,100 Prix Coronation Stakes. Before that, she was unplaced in two classics - finishing fifth in the French 1000 Guineas and 13th in the Irish 1000 Guineas.

In her first start for trainer Bobby Frankel, Heat Haze rallied from seventh to score a one-length win in an optional claimer on the hillside turf course on Dec. 27.

Brocky's Dream won an allowance race at 35-1 on the hillside turf course in January and returned to finish a fast-closing second at 5-1 in the Winter Solstice Stakes. Even though she gets her fourth different rider in five starts in Corey Nakatani, she will be well bet.

Embassy Belle was third in the Buena Vista Handicap on Feb. 17 under Gary Stevens, who returns on Saturday. Trainer Ben Cecil said that foot problems have interrupted Embassy Belle's training in recent weeks, but he doesn't think it will affect her performance.

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