06/01/2003 11:00PM

Bullistic faces elders


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - In early April, Bullistic won a maiden race at Santa Anita by 7 1/2 lengths, a victory that came too late for him to be considered for the Triple Crown.

Instead, he was pointed for the Hollywood Park meet. So far, the racing schedule has not worked in the colt's favor.

Trainer John Shirreffs has been unable to find an allowance race for 3-year-olds for Bullistic, and is resorting to a start in Wednesday's seventh race, a $51,000 allowance race at 1 1/8 miles that includes older horses. Shirreffs is using the race as a prep for the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap June 22.

"This is older horses and it's a tough thing on a young horse," Shirreffs said. "I want to run him in the Affirmed and I need a race before then."

Bullistic is not the only 3-year-old in Wednesday's race. He is joined by Manchurian, the winner of a seven-furlong maiden race in his debut May 10, and Ender's Shadow, who won a maiden race in his fourth career start May 4.

The field includes three older horses - Groom on the Run, Quest for Rain, and Weatherman.

Groom on the Run won an allowance race on turf for California-breds in February and finished sixth on the main track in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes Jan. 11.

Weatherman, who figures to be well bet, finished a close second in an allowance race April 6, his first start against winners. Quest for Rain will be a longshot, having finished seventh in his last start.

In the fifth race, Echo Eddie can become a millionaire with a victory in a $55,000 allowance race at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Echo Eddie, a 6-year-old, is winless in four starts this year.

Last year, his campaign was highlighted by wins in the Ken Maddy Sprint at Bay Meadows and Dayjur Handicap here, as well as a second-place finish in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.

In his last start, Echo Eddie finished fifth in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Times Handicap at six furlongs here May 10. On March 30, he finished 17th in a $1.5 million stakes race for turf sprinters in Japan.

Echo Eddie will face seven opponents, including turf sprint specialists FJ's Pace and Ecstatic. The field also includes Preacher's Knee, winner in Australia of his last four starts, and Geronimo, winner in Chile of his last five starts.