06/28/2006 12:00AM

Attima strengthens Oaks field

Bob Baffert said he feels Behaving Badly is better suited to the six-furlong Genuine Risk at Belmont than the seven-furlong A Gleam at Hollywood.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Attima, the winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap earlier this month, will start in Sunday's $750,000 American Oaks, adding much needed depth to Hollywood Park's showcase race for 3-year-old fillies.

Trainer Julio Canani confirmed his plans for Attima on Wednesday after she worked a half-mile in 48 seconds on dirt. Canani timed her in 47.60 seconds.

"She did it like this," Canani said, using his hands to mimic a rider taking a strong hold of a horse.

A winner of 3 of 7 starts and $162,676 for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Attima will go favored in the American Oaks, which is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. She is unbeaten in two starts since arriving from France last winter. She led throughout the Honeymoon, at 1 1/8 miles on June 4, and won by 1 1/4 lengths without being urged.

Canani had considered waiting for the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap at a mile on turf at Del Mar on July 29. Earlier this month, Canani expressed concern about the way Attima was eating after her win in the Honeymoon Handicap. Wednesday, Canani said that Attima may run in both races.

"She'll be 1-5 in the San Clemente," he said.

Canani is not sure who will ride Attima in the American Oaks. Victor Espinoza, who was aboard for the Honeymoon and a win in an allowance race here on May 10, has committed to riding Asahi Rising, a shipper from Japan.

A field of eight is expected for the Grade 1 American Oaks, which would be the smallest field in the race's five-year history. The other probable starters are Arravale, Foxysox, Galileo's Star, Proxenia, Sol Mi Fa, and Wait a While.

Trainer Jim Cassidy, who won the 2004 American Oaks with Ticker Tape, starts Galileo's Star and Sol Mi Fa.

Galileo's Star has made one start in this country, finishing fourth in the Honeymoon. She was stakes-placed in England last year.

Sol Mi Fa, a French import, won the Bay Meadows BC Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on turf in her U.S. debut on May 29. The race was her stakes debut after she won 2 of 7 starts in France. Sol Mi Fa races for Don Van Kampen.

Cassidy expressed some concern about the American Oaks distance, saying that "it could be a stretch" for Sol Mi Fa. In the Bay Meadows Oaks, Sol Mi Fa rallied from fifth to take the lead in early stretch.

Dance in the Mood works slowly

Asahi Rising and Dance in the Mood, a leading contender for Saturday's $750,000 CashCall Mile on turf, breezed slowly in tandem on Wednesday morning.

Dance in the Mood, a winner of 5 of 20 starts and more than $4.4 million, started four lengths in front of Asahi Rising, with both working well off the rail. Asahi Rising closed ground nearing the stretch and drew even with Dance in the Mood at the eighth pole.

Neither Asahi Rising nor Dance in the Mood was asked for run in the stretch, while they continued to race well off the rail. Asahi Rising was timed in 1:02.60 for five furlongs, while Dance in the Mood finished in 1:03.80.

Dance in the Mood is making her second appearance at Hollywood Park, having finished second to Ticker Tape in the 2004 American Oaks.

The Grade 3 CashCall Mile is led by the Canani-trained Shining Energy, who won the Grade 1 Gamely BC Handicap here on May 29. Aside from Dance in the Mood, Shining Energy is expected to face Cambiocorsa, Dancing Edie, Flying Glitter, Hollywood Story, Luas Line, Sweet Talker, and Toupie.

Cambiocorsa will be attempting to win her eighth consecutive race. Trained by Doug O'Neill, Cambiocorsa won six turf sprints on the hillside course at Santa Anita from November to mid-April and won her seventh straight race in the one-mile Wishing Well Stakes on turf here on May 26.

Jon Court has the mount on Cambiocorsa, a confirmed front-runner who will face her toughest test in the CashCall Mile.

"She handled the pressure well when it was down the hill and had enough for the end," O'Neill said. "Last time, she got worked up leaving the paddock. That concerned us, but she still ran well. We're hopeful she can maintain her form.

"Whether she gets pressure, there's a key to riding her. Jon Court has the key. Hopefully, we can keep that going."

Behaving Badly opts for Belmont race

Behaving Badly, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita in January and three other stakes, will make her next start in the Genuine Risk BC Handicap at Belmont Park on Monday, and not Saturday's $150,000 A Gleam Handicap here.

Trainer Bob Baffert said Behaving Badly is better suited to the six-furlong distance of the Grade 2 Genuine Risk. He said he was not pleased with Behaving Badly's 123-pound assignment for the seven-furlong A Gleam, one pound more than she carried when she finished second to Pussycat Doll in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap at Churchill Downs on May 6.

"I don't think seven-eighths is the distance," Baffert said.

Behaving Badly will carry 121 pounds in the Genuine Risk.

The absence of Behaving Badly leaves the Grade 2 A Gleam with a depleted field. The field of six is led by Somethinaboutlaura, who was third in the Grade 2 Milady BC Handicap here on June 3.

Silent Name will await Eddie Read

Silent Name, one of the top turf milers in California, will pass Sunday's $250,000 American Handicap in favor of the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 23, trainer Gary Mandella said. Both races are run at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Silent Name won the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita in April and was third in the Grade 1 Shoemaker BC Mile here on May 29. Mandella said a late-season goal for Silent Name is to win a Grade 1 stakes. The Eddie Read is a Grade 1, while the American Handicap is a Grade 2.

The probable starters for the American Handicap include El Don, Fourty Niners Son, Hendrix, Quasimodo, Red Fort, The Tin Man, and Willow O Wisp.