06/06/2001 11:00PM

Cause I'm Tricky ready to fulfill promise


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Three races into her career, Cause I'm Tricky is starting to show the potential she revealed to trainer Leonard Duncan over the winter.

On Saturday, Cause I'm Tricky makes her stakes debut in the $75,000 Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park, a sprint for 2-year-old fillies over 5 1/2 furlongs.

"I think she's got the potential to be one-two-three," Duncan said. "We've got a lot to look forward to."

Cause I'm Tricky could easily be racing for someone else. She was offered at the Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training on May 15, a day after she won a maiden race at Hollywood Park by three lengths. Owners Terry Lovingier and Michael Osborn bought her back for $110,000.

In the Cinderella, Cause I'm Tricky faces nine others, including a three-filly Jerry Dutton-trained entry of Fabulous Gamble, Believe in Slew, and Rightbyu. The probable favorite is Georgia's Storm, who finished second to Fertile in the Nursery Stakes over 4 1/2 furlongs.

Cause I'm Tricky was sixth in a two-furlong race at Santa Anita in March and a troubled third in a maiden race for California-breds at Hollywood Park on April 22 over 4 1/2 furlongs.

"She wants to go farther," Duncan said. "She's a push-button filly. The day she was third, she probably should have won. She got in trouble twice. We think she's awesome."

Grey Memo runs them down

Grey Memo, who was winless in his last five starts, pulled an upset in Wednesday's $90,550 Ack Ack Stakes, which was restricted to nonwinners of a graded stakes this year.

Grey Memo rallied from last in the eight-horse field, beating a field that included Big Ten, the 2000 Californian winner, and Early Pioneer, the winner of the 2000 Hollywood Gold Cup. They finished sixth and seventh.

A 4-year-old, Grey Memo ran 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:28.19, making up 4 1/2 lengths in the final furlong for his first stakes win since since the On Trust Handicap for California-breds over this track and distance last December.

"They were rolling along pretty good," winning jockey Garrett Gomez said. "I didn't move until the five-sixteenths pole."

Gomez said he was following jockey Chris McCarron on Elaborate, the 4-5 favorite, looking for clues as to when to launch his rally. "I was keeping an eye on McCarron and he looked like he was struggling a little," Gomez said. "I kept mine inside. I had to pick two different holes and he did it perfect."

Grey Memo took the lead in the final stride, denying National Saint, who rallied wide through the stretch. Elaborate finished third.

"I think seven-eighths to a mile is right down his alley," Gomez said. "You can let him find his spot and make one huge run. It helps his confidence to fly by horses like that."

Trained by Warren Stute for Ridgeley Farm, Grey Memo has won 6 of 24 starts and $494,651. Stute said the $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap at seven furlongs on July 1 is a possibility for Grey Memo.

"I thought he was too far out of it," he said. "Evidently, Gomez knows the horse. This makes you think of the Triple Bend. He won over a mile and an eighth, but Gomez thinks he's a come-from-behind sprinter."

Big Ten and Early Pioneer will pass the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 1 in favor of the $150,000 Bel Air Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on July 7, their trainers said.

Big Ten was making his first start since October, while Early Pioneer was making his first start since September and was not ready to run his best, trainer Vladimir Cerin said. "It was a little too early for him," Cerin said. "We're not going to aim for the Gold Cup. The next time he runs, he'll be more than ready. If he's 100 percent, we'll go in the Bel Air."

Replicate impressive in debut

For a first-time starter, Replicate showed remarkable poise winning a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles on Wednesday.

Ridden by David Flores, Replicate had a tough trip. He bumped the rail going into the first turn and was stuck behind horses on the backstretch. Flores kept a hard hold on the 3-year-old Replicate through the final turn, when the colt could have easily gone to the lead. In the final sixteenth, Flores swung Replicate to the outside and they overtook Fadaaei to win by a half-length in 1:43.20.

"He's a good horse," trainer Bobby Frankel said. "I thought he was beat."

Replicate ($4.60) was sent off favored. His next start may come at Saratoga.

Frankel said he plans to have 17 stalls at Saratoga this summer and will send Replicate there. "There's no program for him at Del Mar," Frankel said.

Among the horses also scheduled to go to Saratoga are Aptitude, Flute, Heads Will Roll, Langoureuse, Lido Palace, Skatesheba, and Squirtle Squirt.

Flute has not started since winning the Kentucky Oaks. Aptitude will start as part of a favored entry with Skimming in Sunday's $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. Skimming's long-term goal is a defense of his title in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August.

"I've got Skimming here, why leave Aptitude [here]?" Frankel said. "There are so many races on the East Coast. We can ship around."