11/12/2003 1:00AM

Big filly in, others out


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Victory U. S. A. is in. Everyone else may as well be out.

Bob Baffert signaled thumbs up Wednesday after Victory U. S. A. worked a crisp five furlongs in company at Santa Anita, and the 2-year-old filly will be odds-on to win the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

The seven-furlong Moccasin is Victory U. S. A.'s first start since her third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and few are eager to face her.

That includes stakes-placed Hot Weekend, whose trainer, Doug O'Neill, admitted, "I'm trying to dodge Victory U. S. A."

Still, O'Neill said he may enter Hot Weekend in the Moccasin to "to take a look," but more likely will wait and run her next weekend at Bay Meadows. Quanah County, Steal My Kisses, and Wildwood Flower are under consideration for the Moccasin.

Julie Krone, who defeated Victory U. S. A. twice this year with Halfbridled, will ride Victory U. S. A. for the first time Sunday, according to Baffert.

"I think this filly will relax a little bit," Baffert said. Victory U. S. A. did that in Wednesday's workout. She broke off about three lengths behind an unidentified workmate, and finished in front in 1:01.20.

Lion Heart heads Prevue

Baffert is an underdog Saturday, in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue. The Patrick Biancone-trained Lion Heart, who earned a 96 Beyer Figure in his debut, is likely to start favored in the seven-furlong stake; Baffert will start Consecrate and possibly Cooperation. Consecrate worked three furlongs Wednesday in 34.60 seconds and will be racing for the first time since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

"He's sort of a bonehead; he's just starting to learn how to run," Baffert said. "I think there's a ton of talent there. It's just a matter of getting it out."

Consecrate pressed a severe pace in the BC Juvenile and did well to hold fifth. David Flores will ride Consecrate. Cooperation, Baffert said, is "50-50" to run in the Prevue, which is expected to attract stakes-placed Voladero and Longgonetrevorsean. Gateway to Glory winner Skipaslew also is being considered for the race.

Sunshine Millions attracting stars

The $3.6 million Sunshine Millions Series on Jan. 24 at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park - four races at each track, restricted to California-bred and Florida-breds - will dilute Santa Anita's graded stakes program early next year.

Money talks.

Bobby Frankel said Wednesday he plans to run four Florida-bred graded stakes winners in the Sunshine Millions series. Grade 1 winner Peace Rules will skip the Grade 2 San Fernando (Jan. 10), and the Grade 2 Strub Stakes (Feb. 7), and focus on the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita. Grade 3 winner Betty's Wish will run Nov. 30 in the Matriarch, skip the Grade 2 San Gorgonio (Jan. 10), and run for a $500,000 purse in the Sunshine Millions Filly-Mare Turf at Santa Anita.

Frankel said Grade 1 winner Spoken Fur will not run again until the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Matron at Gulfstream Park. Midas Eyes will follow the Cigar Mile and Malibu Stakes with a start in $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint, also at Gulfstream. Other top runners aiming for the Sunshine Millions are Royally Chosen, Tizbud, and Continental Red.

Trainer Bruce Headley said Tuesday that Cal Cup Matron winner Royally Chosen will not run again until the Sunshine Millions Matron. Cal Cup Classic winner Tizbud is likely to run Dec. 6 at Hollywood Park in the Native Diver Handicap, according to trainer John Sadler, then aim for the Sunshine Millions Classic. Trainer Ian Jory expects Cal Cup Mile runner-up Continental Red to start once early in the winter meet, then aim for either the Classic or the $500,000 Turf at Gulfstream.

Intercontinental is sick

The U.S. debut of Group 1-placed Intercontinental has been delayed because of minor illness, but Juddmonte Farms still will be suitably represented Nov. 30 in the Grade 1 Matriarch. Etoile Montante, a Group 1 winner in Europe for trainer Criquette Head, will be sent for Matriarch, then turned over to Frankel for her 4-year-old campaign.

Etoile Montante may end up the Matriarch favorite. She has won 5 of 9 starts, including a Group 1 in her most recent start, on Oct. 12 in France. She will join the Frankel-trained Pebbles winner Betty's Wish in the Matriarch. Others expected for the Matriarch include Musical Chimes and Belleski.

Frankel is loaded for the remainder of 2003. He will start Denon in the Japan Cup, Medaglia D'Oro in the Clark Handicap, Sightseek in the Falls City Handicap, Midas Eyes in the Cigar Mile, and Urban King in the Hollywood Derby.