02/17/2006 12:00AM

Baghdaria goes after 4 in a row


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Baghdaria took down the richest race for her division in Louisiana last out, and on Sunday will attempt to push her win streak to four in the $50,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park.

The one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies is the first of two local preps for the Grade 2, $250,000 Fantasy on April 14. It drew of full field of 12, including stakes winners Gasia, Wildcat Bettie B, Kat Nan Do, Rich Fantasy, and Brownie Points.

But the one to beat is , who is coming off a gutsy win in the Grade 3, $250,000 Silverbulletday at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs in her last start Jan. 14. In the race, Baghdaria came back after being passed for a head win over Grade 2 winner French Park.

"She was very professional, very game," trainer Bret Calhoun said of Baghdaria. "When that horse came to her and headed her, she dug back in and went on. She's getting better every race, mentally and physically."

Baghdaria's win streak began on Nov. 5, when she won her maiden in her third career start in a six-furlong race at Hawthorne. She returned in her next start to win an allowance on turf at the Fair Grounds meet Dec. 4, one start before the Silverbulletday.

Cliff Berry has the mount on the versatile Baghdaria, who will break from post 3.

"I think we can be placed forwardly or back off of it, wherever we need to be," said Calhoun.

overcame a tough start last time to close from last and win the $50,000 Genesis at Evangeline Downs on Jan. 27. That race was run over six furlongs, and she will be stretching out to two turns for the first time since finishing fourth in a one-mile turf stakes at Louisiana Downs in October. Calvin Borel has the mount on Kat Nan Do for trainer Cole Norman.

, Rich Fantasy, and Gasia all exit the $50,000 Dixie Belle at six furlongs at Oaklawn on Jan. 28, finishing first through third, respectively. Terry Thompson has the mount on Wildcat Bettie B for trainer Larry Jones, who also trains Gasia. Ronny Werner trains Rich Fantasy, who was a 20-length maiden winner at Hawthorne.

* The forecast Sunday is for cloudy skies and a high of 40 degrees.