06/27/2002 11:00PM

Bold World's Florida prep either a race or a workout


OCEANPORT, N.J. - Bold World has been pointing for the Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder on July 13, but she may have one intermediate test before then in Sunday's $50,000 Dearly Precious Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Monmouth Park.

Bold World, trained by Ronald Taylor, last raced on June 8 with an easy 3 1/2-length victory in the off-the-turf $50,000 Ocean Hotel Stakes at five furlongs. Taylor had said that she would just train up to the race at Calder, but explained the Ocean Hotel took very little out of Bold World and she has run races off short layoffs. In March, she won a sprint stakes at the Ocala Training Center and then returned with a stakes win at Gulfstream Park four days later.

Bold World was entered along with six others, but Taylor said Friday that he would make a decision on whether to run on Saturday.

"If the race comes up real tough, then she'll pass it. If it's not that tough she'll run."

Taylor said Bold World would breeze five furlongs Monday or Tuesday anyway, so a race, if it wouldn't be too tough on her, could just replace the workout.

Bold World has six stakes wins in her 10-race career, an impressive record for the daughter of Fortunate Prospect. She has thrived over the Monmouth strip with Taylor, winning the $50,000 Little Silver Stakes May 18 and then the Ocean Hotel. She has five wins in six starts this year, two of which have come at the Dearly Precious distance. Since winning the Ocean Hotel, she fired a bullet seven-furlong workout in 1:26.00 nine days ago.

If Bold World does run, the six other fillies entered will try and take their best shot against her.

Haunted Lass, trained by Allen Iwinski, could give Bold World all she can handle. Both have front-running styles and impressive resumes. Haunted Lass won the Nuit D'Amour at Delaware Park by 5 1/2 lengths on May 20 in her last start and was also a stakes winner at 2. Possibly her best career race was a second-place finish over this track last year in the Grade 3 Sorority behind Forest Heiress. She is 2-2-0 in four starts at six furlongs.

Platinum Tiara set for Matchmaker

Platinum Tiara, a multiple stakes winner on dirt and turf, will make her first start for trainer John Kimmel in the Grade 3, $100,000 Vinery Matchmaker Stakes here July 7.

Platinum Tiara, runner-up in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, was transferred from the barn of Joe Waunsch at Calder to Kimmel and vanned up to Monmouth from Florida on Friday in preparation for the Matchmaker. She arrived around 9 a.m. Friday and assistant trainer Brian Ange, who oversees the Kimmel stable at Monmouth, said she shipped well and settled in


Kimmel said from his Belmont stable that he had trained horses previously for the owner, Rob Murphy of M375 Thoroughbreds, and Platinum Tiara was sent to him so she could run in races in New York and the surrounding area.

Platinum Tiara, who will be ridden by Tommy Turner, ran third in the Grade 3 Reeve Schley Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Monmouth last year for Waunsch. She enters the Matchmaker, run at nine furlongs on the turf for fillies and mares, off two third-place finishes in turf stakes at Calder.

* Three-year-old filly Once Around, winner of the Revidere Stakes on the turf here May 25, will make her next start in the $50,000 Twin Light Stakes next Saturday, trainer Vicki Oliver said. Oliver said that Party Queen, a winner of 3 of 4 on the turf, including an allowance win at Keeneland in her last start April 24, may also run along with her stablemate in the Twin Light Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at nine furlongs.

* H.M.S. Jackson, who has reeled off two consecutive allowance wins versus open company, will make his next start in the $50,000 Bernie Dowd Handicap for Jersey-breds on July 14, trainer Tim Hills said. He ran second in the Bernie Dowd last year behind Sea of Tranquility, but will not have to tackle that opponent in this year's running.