04/02/2006 11:00PM

Arousing in off maiden romp


ARCADIA, Calif. - Arousing makes her first start against winners in a $53,000 allowance race at Santa Anita on Wednesday. If she runs well, Arousing could start in the $150,000 B Thoughtful Stakes for statebred fillies and mares at Hollywood Park on Aug. 30, one of the major stakes on the California Gold Rush program.

Owned by Harris Farm and Don Valpredo, Arousing is by Cee's Tizzy and is out of Soviet Problem, the runner-up in the 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Wednesday's race will be Arousing's third career start. She made one start last year, finishing fifth in the NTRA Stakes at Hollywood Park.

will start from the rail in Wednesday's seventh race, at 6 1/2 furlongs for statebred fillies and mares. Trained by Marty Jones, Arousing won her only start this year, a 10-length win in a maiden race at six furlongs on Feb. 23.

She set a quick pace in that race and widened her lead from 4 1/2 lengths in midstretch.

Wednesday, Arousing could face pressure from Proudest Moment and Ever So Nice.

won a $25,000 claimer on a wet-fast track at Bay Meadows in February. Trained by Armando Lage, Proudest Moment, 4, was subsequently third and second in allowance races at Golden Gate Fields, but her wet-track form is worth remembering because of the possibility of rain in Southern California on Monday and Tuesday.

drew the outside in Wednesday's field of six. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Ever So Nice finished a well-beaten second in a similar race on Feb. 26, her only start this year. She has won twice against claimers, beating maiden claimers at Hollywood Park last June and winning a starter allowance at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting last October.

One filly who has shown the ability to close is Princess McLean, the lone 3-year-old in the field. She was claimed from Marty Jones for $40,000 last August and returned to finish second in the Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred fillies last summer at Del Mar.

In two starts this year, she has won a starter allowance at six furlongs and finished last of six in an optional claimer at a mile on March 30.

Wednesday's eight-race program is dominated by main-track races. The only turf race is a starter allowance at a mile, the fourth race.