06/01/2006 11:00PM

Attima could upend Foxysox


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Foxysox has come a long way in a short time. In less than four months, the European import has overcome trouble, won all four of her U.S. starts, and rocketed from maiden winner to the top of her division.

But Foxysox is vulnerable Sunday at Hollywood Park. Foxysox enters the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap with a glowing r?sum?, but one that is offset by an imperfect work pattern caused by a bruised foot.

A field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered the $175,000 Honeymoon, and despite successive Grade 3 wins by Foxysox, the most likely winner is Attima, whose U.S. debut was an authoritative first-level allowance win at one mile.

won geared down by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:34.27, and hits the Honeymoon with one main question - can she stay nine furlongs? The Honeymoon is a good spot to try, because Attima may set the pace in a race void of speed. Attima is trained by Julio Canani, and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.

The Honeymoon field includes two trying to turn the tables on Foxysox, who will carry high weight of 122 pounds. finished second to Foxysox on May 6. Others include import Galileo's Star, expected to be short off an abbreviated work tab, and Proxenia, a potential upsetter proven at nine furlongs. Royal Cheer also entered.

Foxysox overcame a wide trip last month to score an impressive win in the Grade 3 Senorita. It was her fourth straight win for trainer Carla Gaines and owner Warren Williamson, but Foxysox came out of the mile race with a foot bruise. She missed a week, and her preparation for the Honeymoon has been less than ideal.

"She's the highweight, she missed a work, and some training," Gaines warned. Foxysox is not at her best, and has only two slow recent works - a 50-second half May 24, and a 1:16.80 six furlongs May 30. "We were breezing her close to the race, so we didn't ask her for a whole lot," Gaines said.

One option was skip the Honeymoon and train up to the Grade 1 American Oaks on July 2. Gaines, however, believes Foxysox needs the 1 1/8-mile Honeymoon to prepare for the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks.

If Foxysox falls short, and nine furlongs is too far for Attima, Proxenia could upset. She has won at the Honeymoon distance, and finished strongly behind Attima in her allowance comeback.