05/29/2007 11:00PM

Ellis seeks to extend hot hand


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Theverythoughtof U, a top contender in Friday's seventh race at Hollywood Park, is indicative of the success that trainer Ron Ellis has enjoyed in the last month.

Since the meeting began on April 25, Ellis's stable has been on an outstanding run, winning with 8 of 22 starters. Through Monday, Ellis was tied for second in the trainers' standings, one win behind leader Doug O'Neill.

All eight of Ellis's winners have come in maiden races, but that could change in the next few days.

Friday, Theverythoughtof U starts in a $49,000 first-condition allowance for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs. Saturday, Ellis starts Buzzards Bay in the $250,000 Californian Stakes.

Owned by breeders Mace and Samantha Siegel, Theverythoughtof U beat maidens over six furlongs on May 6 in her fourth start. The maiden win was her first race on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track synthetic surface.

"I thought she'd run better on the Cushion Track," Ellis said. "She did great."

A 4-year-old, Theverythoughtof U began her career at Santa Anita in January. She did not race at 2 after fighting a lung infection for three months, or at 3 because of a splint bone injury, Ellis said.

In three starts on Santa Anita's hillside turf course earlier this year, Theverythoughtof U finished second in her first two starts and then finished third. In her maiden win, she rallied from seventh after a slow start, reached contention in early stretch, and won by a length.

Friday's race will be Theverythoughtof U's first start under lights.

"I would feel a lot better if the race is in the day," Ellis said. "It's run at night and that's my only concern. Otherwise, I think she'll fire right back."

Theverythoughtof U has 10 rivals in Friday's race, including Two Times Won, who was third in the B. Thoughtful Stakes on April 29. Trained by Lewis Cenicola, Two Times Won has won 2 of 16 starts, but is winless in 11 starts since a victory in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in April 2005.

Aside from Theverythoughtof U, two other 4-year-old fillies won their last start - Time Tosay Goodbye and Happy Celyna.

Time Tosay Goodbye won a maiden race last November in her second start. Friday's race is her first start of 2007, but she has worked quickly in recent weeks.

Happy Celyna won a starter allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs on April 27.