05/06/2008 11:00PM

Bahama Mama tries again


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Jim Cassidy has a simple mind-set for Bahama Mama's appearance in Friday's $62,000 Lawndale Stakes at Hollywood Park.

"I want to get paid this time," he said.

The Lawndale Stakes, run at six furlongs on turf for fillies and mares, will be Bahama Mama's second start in the United States. She finished first by a length in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on April 13 in her U.S. debut, but was demoted to fourth for causing interference a quarter-mile from the finish.

The disqualification so infuriated jockey David Flores that he mimicked spiking his helmet on the track. Cassidy wasn't too thrilled, either.

"I think it was a marginal call," Cassidy said. "No one was getting by her. Everyone had a chance to catch up. Sometimes horses float out on the hill. It's sad."

Bahama Mama was 20-1 in the Las Cienegas Handicap, but may be favored in the Lawndale, which is restricted to fillies and mares that have not won a stakes with a first-place purse of $60,000 or more since Oct. 1.

Owned by Forging Oaks Farm, Bahama Mama, 4, should have little trouble with the shorter distance. She won a five-furlong stakes on turf in Germany last October.

"Eventually, I'd like to stretch her out," Cassidy said. "I want to get her back to her winning ways."

The Lawndale is the second race on an eight-race program that begins at 7:05op.m. Pacific.

Missvinski, a stakes winner on Polytrack in France last year, is making her 4-year-old debut in the Lawndale after showing mixed results in the second half of 2007. She was second in the Group 1 Prix d'Astarte in France last July, but was unplaced in two races in the United States - a seventh in the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park and a ninth as the 2-1 favorite in the Harold Ramser Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

"She got sick after she ran" in the Ramser, trainer Julio Canani said. "She's training very good. She's grown up a little bit."

Missvinksi will add blinkers, Canani said.

Red Diadem, fifth in the Las Cienegas Handicap, is making her second start of the year, and is a threat from off the pace.

Trained by Paulo Lobo for Dolantori Racing, Red Diadem won the Daisycutter Handicap going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar last summer when she was trained by Ben Cecil.