03/20/2002 12:00AM

Bold World may try old-world feat


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - In what conjures up memories of another era in racing history, Bold World will attempt to win her second stakes race within a five-day period when she goes against four other 3-year-old fillies in Friday's $75,000 Charon Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Gone are the days when Citation won the Derby Trial and Kentucky Derby within a five-day period in 1948. Or Hail to All winning the 1965 Jersey Derby on Monday and the Belmont Stakes on Saturday of the same week. Or Conquistador Cielo capturing the Met Mile, then returning on only five days' rest to win the 1982 Belmont.

Bold World's accomplishment would certainly be more modest, but noteworthy nonetheless, if she can win the Charon after capturing the filly division of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Sprint at Ocala on Monday.

"I don't know what was behind her her Monday, but she really ran well and was just galloping the last quarter of a mile," said Ron Taylor, who trains Bold World for the Hardacre Farm. "It was just like a workout. I entered her for the Charon just to keep our options open, and now that I hear it's a five-horse field I'm inclined to run, although I'll wait for a blood chemistry to come back before shipping her down. Naturally, you've got to be concerned coming back so quick, but it can be done. It just takes a little bit of luck."

Bold World, a $475,000 purchase at the April OBS 2-year-old sales, won her maiden in Calder's seven-furlong Susan's Girl Stakes before finishing off the board in two subsequent stakes tries around two turns to close out her juvenile season. She returned here Feb. 18 to win the Dame Mysterieuse Stakes by nine lengths, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 104, then nearly duplicated the performance in the OBS Sprint, winning by 10 lengths and receiving a Beyer Figure of 102.

Afnan may be the best of Bold World's four challengers, having won the Gasparilla Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 2 at Tampa Bay Downs. She was a tiring third after disputing the pace with 4-5 favorite Cherokee Girl in the John A. D'Amico Stakes in her local debut.

Passionate Bird won both her starts at 2 but has been idle since July 20. She has been working bullets for her return.

Miss Dixie Chick won an entry-level allowance race here on Feb. 24, while Awol finished nearly 16 lengths behind Bold World in the Dame Mysterieuse.

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