02/02/2005 12:00AM

Coldntight gets another chance


ARCADIA, Calif. - Coldntight has been a disappointment in his 11-race career.

"He's like a big firecracker that never went off," trainer Bob Baffert said.

There is still time to make an impression. Friday at Santa Anita, Coldntight starts from the outside post in a $52,000 allowance race over 1 1/8 miles that drew 11 entrants. A victory could give Coldntight, 4, a much needed boost of confidence.

Coldntight's lone win came in a one-mile maiden race at Del Mar in September 2003. Owned by Mike Pegram, he has started in two stakes, finishing eighth in the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes at the Oak Tree meeting in 2003 and ninth in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2004.

In his last start, finished third in an allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs on a wet-fast track on Jan. 5.

"He's always shown talent, but for some reason in the afternoon he hasn't had the same get up and go," Baffert said.

Friday's race is led by Crocker Road.

Trained by Bobby Frankel, will be attempting to break a three-race losing streak. The winner of a maiden race at Saratoga in August, Crocker Road had had two tough losses in his last two starts - runner-up finishes by a nose at Santa Anita in October and a head at Hollywood Park in November. In the Hollywood race over 1 1/16 miles, he led by two lengths at the eighth pole but was beaten by Skukuza, a nominee for Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Handicap.

Other top contenders are Cee Mister B, Courtly Jazz, and The Mighty Tiger.

won two races over 1 1/16 miles here last winter, but is winless in his last four starts. He was second in an allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs on Dec. 30.

Courtly Jazz, who may lead, beat maidens in the mud on Dec. 30. Trained by Gary Mandella, Courtly Jazz, 4, marks jockey Corey Nakatani's first mount of the year. Nakatani completed a 30-day suspension on Thursday for causing interference that led to another rider falling from his mount last March.

The Mighty Tiger makes his second start of the meeting, having finished second in a three-runner allowance race on Jan. 8. Now trained by

D. Wayne Lukas, The Mighty Tiger placed in two Group 2 stakes in England and Ireland as a 2-year-old in the summer of 2003.