10/18/2002 12:00AM

Disturbingthepeace has best chance to keep streak alive

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ARCADIA, Calif. - California breeders are relying on Disturbingthepeace and Humorous Lady to score on Saturday's Breeders' Cup program at Arlington Park and keep a winning streak alive for statebreds.

California-breds went winless in the first 16 Breeders' Cups, then California-bred Tiznow won the Classic in 2000 and 2001.

Disturbingthepeace was supplemented to the six-furlong Sprint. Humorous Lady was pre-entered for the Juvenile Fillies, to be run at 1 1/8 miles.

There have been several close calls along the way for California-breds. Fran's Valentine was disqualified from first to 10th in the 1984 BC Juvenile Fillies, and she finished third in the 1986 Distaff. Other Cal-breds who finished second in the Breeders' Cup were Bertrando, Budroyale, Career Collection, and Soviet Problem.

Disturbingthepeace represents the best chance for Cal-breds this year. Disturbingthepeace has been pointed for the Sprint since mid-summer when he emerged as a top sprinter on the West Coast. Humorous Lady was a surprise addition to the pre-entry list. Neither horse races for their breeders.

The 4-year-old Disturbingthepeace was bred by Old English Rancho and Patsy McKuen, but sold privately as part of a five-horse package to owner David Milch in the spring of 2001. The focus of the sale was the stakes-winning filly Above Perfection, and Disturbingthepeace was considered a horse with promise.

This year, Disturbingthepeace has been nearly flawless, winning 6 of 8 starts, including three stakes - the Triple Bend, Bing Crosby, and Pat O'Brien handicaps. He hasn't started since a narrow win in the Pat O'Brien at Del Mar on Aug. 18.

He is considered to be a leading candidate in the Sprint for trainer Darrell Vienna, but Milch must pay a $90,000 fee to make Disturbingthepeace eligible.

A gelding, Disturbingthepeace was sired by the late Bold Badgett, and is out of the Sovereign Dancer mare Regal Riot, who was winless in nine starts. Her lone stakes winner from six named foals is Disturbingthepeace. A 14-year-old, Regal Riot is in foal to Perfect Mandate and resides at Old English Rancho, near Fresno, Calif.

Humorous Lady has changed hands twice. Bred by Brian Boudreau's Malibu Valley Farms in Malibu, Calif., Humorous Lady was sold for $27,000 at the Barretts October preferred yearling sale in 2001 to Chapman Farms, a price that seemed fair to Boudreau.

"She seemed like she was a late-developing filly," he said. "She seemed on the smaller side and a little light. The reserve was $25,000. The way it was going I didn't think she would have seen $20,000."

Chapman Farms offered Humorous Lady at the Barretts March 2-year-olds in training sale, but she was not sold when the bidding stopped at $37,000. Racing for a partnership, Humorous Lady won three of her first four starts this summer, including a 40-1 upset in the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar and a win in the Mid-Peninsula Stakes at Bay Meadows as the 1-2 favorite.

Following that race, she was bought by David Plummer and turned over to trainer Mike Smith. She won her first start for her new connections in the Grade 2 Astarita Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 13.

Boudreau doesn't have high expectations for the Breeders' Cup, wishing the distance was one mile and not 1 1/8 miles for the Juvenile Fillies. The distance was elongated from 1 1/16 miles because the 1 1/16-mile starting point at Arlington Park is too close to the first turn to stage a competitive race.

"I think it's going to be tough," he said. "Before I thought she was going in the race, I thought it was too far. It didn't seem like a good decision by Breeders' Cup."

Humorous Lady was sired by My Glamourous One, whom Boudreau campaigned. She was second to Gorgeous in the 1989 Santa Ysabel Stakes and currently resides on the farm. My Glamorous One will be sent to Kentucky to be bred to Distorted Humor this winter, but will return later in the year and drop the foal in California, Boudreau said.