03/22/2007 11:00PM

Citronnade plays come and get me

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Citronnade hasn't run since winning the San Gorgonio on the front end.

ARCADIA, Calif. - If trainer Bobby Frankel is right about Citronnade, the 4-year-old filly will make a name for herself this year as one of the top grass fillies in the country.

Citronnade runs in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap on Sunday at Santa Anita, and barring the unforeseen, she should continue her ascent toward the top of the division.

Ten fillies and mares entered the $150,000 Santa Ana, in which Foxysox is the 119-pound topweight. The field for the 1 1/8-mile race also includes graded stakes winners Memorette, Conveyor's Angel, and Singalong. The other entrants are Quiet Royal, Riche Americaine, Flip Flop, Grat, and Solva.

Citronnade has not started since a wire-to-wire win Jan. 7 in the Gradeo2 San Gorgonio Handicap. The Santa Ana could unfold similarly.

"Is there any speed?" Frankel asked. None except Citronnade, who possesses the exceptional combination of tactical speed and a finishing kick, which has helped her win 5 of 8 starts. Though she won the San Gorgonio loose on the lead, her two previous wins came rallying from behind.

The long-range goal for Citronnade, owned by Frank Stronach, is the Grade 1 Gamely on May 28 at Hollywood Park.

Others in the Santa Ana field have more immediate concerns, including Foxysox. It is time for her to start running again.

Imported from Europe by owner Warren Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines, Foxysox won her first four U.S. starts, and by the end of 2006 established herself as multi-dimensional by winning the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap on Cushion Track at Hollywood. But her Santa Anita winter campaign never got off the ground because of foot issues.

In recent weeks, Foxysox has trained forwardly. A five-time winner from 14 starts, Foxysox will use the Santa Ana as a launch pad for her 2007 campaign.

Conveyor's Angel won the Grade 2, one-mile Buena Vista last month and has hit the wire first in 3 of her last 4. Her challenge Sunday is closing from behind a likely slow pace, at a 1 1/8-mile distance that she has yet to try.

Quiet Royal, Group 1-placed in Europe, ships in from Gulfstream Park for trainer Todd Pletcher. Quiet Royal won a third-level allowance by four lengths in her last start on Feb. 26, and her European credentials make her a fit in the Santa Ana.

Riche Americaine is moving up in class. Garrett Gomez switches off her to ride Quiet Royal on Sunday.