04/26/2004 11:00PM

Any for Love a good guess in Mamzelle


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Richard Mandella has won two of the first seven runnings of the Mamzelle Stakes and looks poised to win it again Thursday with Any for Love, who heads an 11-horse field entered in the $100,000 turf race at five furlongs.

, a 6-year-old Argentine-bred mare, enters the Mamzelle off a third-place finish behind top-class mares Etoile Montante and Dedication in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita. Prior to that, she reeled off back-to-back allowance wins going 6 1/2 furlongs. Thursday, she'll have to cut back to five furlongs.

"It might suit her well, I don't know," Mandella said. "I haven't run her five-eighths, so there's a little bit of guessing there. But heck, we're always guessing."

Mandella usually guesses better than most, and Any for Love has the tactical speed for Alex Solis to place her where he wants. Any for Love breaks from post 4.

could be the major threat provided she runs. Though she won a couple of minor stakes going 1 1/16 miles last year, Dyna Da Wyna has won both of her starts sprinting this year. She is coming off a nose victory in the Stravinsky Stakes at Keeneland on April 17.

"I'm not trying turn her into a five-eighths wonder, I'm just trying to place her in the right spots to make her successful," trainer Elliott Walden said. "She's a lion, she thinks she's tough, and she always tries hard."

Walden said Dyna Da Wyna is not definite to start because it would mean running back in 12 days.

"I'm not concerned about 12 days for her; it's just as a philosophy," Walden said. "This would be her third race in five weeks, and I'm a little concerned what that does down the road."

Nicole's Dream and Elusive Honey could offer value. Nicole's Dream is a five-furlong specialist, having won seven of her nine starts at the distance. But, this looks to be tougher company than she has met.

Trainer Bill Mott sends out Elusive Honey, who is 1 for 2 since trying turf. Elusive Honey won a five-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream on March 25, but finished eighth behind Dyna Da Wyna in the Stravinsky. She did have an excuse that day.

"She got left about 10 lengths," Mott said. "She turned her head in the gate."

Repository, who won this race in 2002, hit the gate and had a wide trip when beaten 4 1/2 lengths in the Stravinksy, her first start in eight months.