12/19/2001 1:00AM

Dropdown set to end loss streak

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JAMAICA, N.Y. - Having been ambitiously placed in her last few starts, Lost Expectations seems to have found a softer spot to end a four-race losing streak Friday when she heads a six-horse field going six furlongs in a preliminary allowance race at Aqueduct.

A 2-year-old daughter of Valid Appeal, Lost Expectations won her debut at Monmouth Park by 1 3/4 lengths on June 22. With stablemate Forest Heiress pointed to the series of sprint stakes at Monmouth, Lost Expectations was shipped by trainer Ben Perkins Jr. to Saratoga where she finished third in the Schuylerville behind Touch Love and fourth to You in the Adirondack.

Lost Expectations returned to Monmouth in September where she finished fourth in the Sorority behind Forest Heiress before finishing last in the Miss Grillo Stakes on turf at Aqueduct.

Perkins found an allowance race for Lost Expectations on Dec. 2, but he also entered Sideways in that race. After examining the field, Perkins felt Sideways was a better fit, so he scratched Lost Expectations. Sideways won the race by 3 1/4 lengths.

"Originally, we planned to run [Lost Expectations] in the race, but she drew the inside and when we looked at the race, it was all speed and we felt it set up better for the other filly," Perkins said.

Once again Lost Expectations finds herself on the inside in a race with several front-running types. Sundae Bride and Young Star both show the desire to race on the front end. Young Star improved drastically when Lasix was added last time as she won her maiden by 4 1/4 lengths racing for a $60,000 claiming tag.

Scott Lake, who is 5 for 12 over the inner track, sends out Salem Willow in Friday's feature. Salem Willow comes off a second-place finish behind Sideways in the aforementioned Dec. 2 allowance race. Jockey Mike Luzzi told Lake that Salem Willow raced greenly that day, prompting Lake to add blinkers to Salem Willow's equipment on Friday.

Vesta, who finished a troubled second against tougher last out, and Lulu's Dream complete the field.