05/30/2002 11:00PM

California-breds sparkle

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Jerry Dutton joked on Friday morning that if the filly Global Finance is defeated in Sunday's $75,000 Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park she can always revert to California-bred stakes in the future.

The joke is, if she did go back, she would face largely the same field. That's because California-bred fillies have dominated the early 2-year-old races at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

Of the 10 2-year-old fillies entered in the Cinderella, nine are statebreds.

Among them, Global Finance is the only stakes winner in the field, having won the Nursery Stakes on May 11.

"I know one thing: They have to outrun her to beat her and so far they haven't done it," Dutton said. "She ran big in her last race and has no problems. It didn't take much out of her."

Global Finance will surely be favored in the Cinderella Stakes, which is run over 5 1/2 furlongs. The race is a prep to the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes, a Grade 3 at six furlongs July 4.

Global Finance fought for the lead in the Nursery Stakes and pulled away to win by four lengths. She drew the outside post in the Cinderella, and may apply the same stalking tactics she used in a maiden win on April 24.

There should be plenty of speed in the Cinderella.

Global Finance faces a three-filly entry trained by Mike Harrington; a talented filly named Little Bit a Swiss who is trained by Harrington's wife, Patricia; Ela Ela, an eye-catching maiden winner from New Mexico; and Magic Smoke, the runner-up in the Nursery Stakes.

The only non-California-bred is Himalayan, the winner of a maiden special weight on May 5 in her career debut.

Harrington starts Alpine Singer, My Honey Bunny, and Singing Swiss, all of whom won maiden races for $40,000 tags. Singing Swiss returned to finish fifth in the Nursery Stakes. All three are owned by Heinz Steinmann and coupled in the betting.

"There no place else to run them," Harrington said. "There are a couple that should run in other places. They don't don't write allowance races for winners. They force you into the stakes.

"Who knows at this time of year how good they are?" he added. "They take turns beating each other in the morning, that's why I'll run all three. I'm not bright enough to know which one is best."

The filly that Harrington fears most is Little Bit a Swiss, who is trained by his wife, and owned by Teresa Stapleton. Little Bit a Swiss won a maiden special weight over 4 1/2 furlongs by 2 1/2 lengths on May 12.

"I think she's the best," Harrington said. "I'm just filling the race for my wife."

Plans for Ladies Din and Redattore

Ladies Din and Redattore, the two 7-year-olds who finished one-two in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on turf on Monday, are headed in different directions.

Trainer Julio Canani said he wants to keep Ladies Din on turf and point for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park on Oct. 27. Canani envisions starting Ladies Din in one or two races before the Breeders' Cup. Among his options are the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 28 and the $1 million Atto Mile at Woodbine on Sept. 8.

Ladies Din won the 2000 Eddie Read, and was eighth in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile, his only appearance in that race.

Redattore is being pointed for the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap over 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs on June 15, with the outside chance he will run in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park on the same day, trainer Richard Mandella said.

"I want to go for the best money I can," Mandella said.

Redattore has proven form on dirt, having won the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita in February. He was out of action in late winter because of foot problems.

September Secret targets Railbird

September Secret, the winner of the Grade 2 Railbird Stakes on

May 18, is being pointed for the $200,000 Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park on July 6, trainer Mike Machowsky said.

The Prioress is for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs. The Railbird Stakes was September Secret's stakes debut.

"I haven't breezed her since that race," Machowsky said. "I'll give her another week before I do. I want to use the time between races to my advantage."

Machowsky is also considering September Secret for the $250,000 Test Stakes at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds fillies at Saratoga on July 27, depending on the result of the Prioress.

The 2001 Prioress was won by Xtra Heat, who later finished second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint against males.

Lord Sterling dies of head injury

Lord Sterling, the winner of the 2000 Joseph Grace Handicap who was later third in the Japan Cup Dirt at Tokyo Racecourse, died in early May after sustaining a head injury at a farm near Del Mar, owner Ron Anson said.

Lord Sterling was retired last year because of a recurring injury. The head injury was suffered in a "freak accident," Anson said.

Firster Faster Than dies after race

Faster Than, a first-time starter, collapsed and died after finishing second in Thursday's third race.

Owned and trained by Satrohan Singh, Faster Than was within a head of eventual winner Lady Eddie in the stretch of the five-furlong race and was being pulled up by jockey Felipe Martinez at the time of the incident.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.