05/24/2007 11:00PM

Bold Trust more than just a maiden


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Though open to both genders, the $75,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes (race 3) on Sunday at Hollywood Park is merely the supporting feature on a card highlighted by the Cinderella Stakes for fillies (race 8).

The maiden colt Bold Trust rides the coattails of the filly Wonderful Luck, the likely favorite in the Cinderella. Both 2-year-olds are trained by Steve Asmussen, who said Bold Trust otherwise would have stayed home for a maiden race. But don't sell him short in the 5 1/2-furlong Proctor.

Bold Trust finished second in his debut May 2 at Churchill Downs. None of the starters from that race has run back, but Asmussen said it was a strong field.

"It was the Derby Week maiden race, and it was a good race, just like the maiden race on Santa Anita Handicap Day," he said.

Bold Trust certainly ran fast enough to be considered a contender in the Proctor. He chased the pacesetter and finished 1 3/4 lengths back while earning a 75 Beyer Figure, which is higher than the winning Proctor figure in three of the last four years.

From a handicapping perspective, the fact that Bold Trust is a maiden is irrelevant. Juvenile stakes are tests of speed; Bold Trust enters as the high-figure horse in the field.

Swiss Ace, a Swiss Yodeler colt trained by Mike Harrington, won his debut in an effort that was better than it looks. He easily established command, set the pace while his pursuers were hard-ridden, and coasted home. Swiss Ace is compromised Sunday by post. He drew the outside in the field of eight, and is in danger of being caught wide through the turn.

Swiss Ace is owned and bred by Heinz Steinmann, and is coupled in the betting with Kris the Red, who won his second start on May 16.

Trainer Wesley Ward starts a pair, including the filly Sunshine Lover, who won her April 28 debut by three lengths. She would have been a contender in the Cinderella for fillies, but Ward preferred not to run her against stablemate Excessive Heat. Sunshine Lover will be used early from the rail.

Ward's second starter is Young Joe, winner of a two-furlong debut March 22 at Santa Anita.

"Since his race, he's blossomed," Ward said. He adds blinkers for his first race around a turn. "When I had him in Florida, he worked much better with blinkers."

The field includes Remember Boffi, who benefited from a tailwind winning his two-furlong debut in 21 seconds; Thoroughly, a come-from-behind debut winner in a $40,000 maiden claimer; and Run Brother Ron, two-furlong winner April 4 at Bay Meadows.

Three of the last nine winners of the Proctor, including last year's upset winner Genuine Talent, were stretching out from two furlongs.