06/01/2001 12:00AM

Feverish looks like a million


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Even a victory in Sunday's Grade 1, $250,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park will leave Feverish a few thousand dollars short of the $1 million mark in earnings.

But the seven-figure earnings mark is not as important to trainer Dan Hendricks and owners Marty and Pam Wygod as the distinction that Feverish would gain for winning a Grade 1.

"I've done the math," trainer Dan Hendricks said. "If she wins this, she's worth a million."

A multiple stakes winner, Feverish does not face a particularly strong field in the Milady. Run over 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, the Milady drew six entrants, but only one of them, Lazy Slusan, has won a graded stakes this year.

The probable favorite, Lazy Slusan is the 119-pound highweight for the Milady and in the middle of the best season of her career.

Trained by John Dolan, who owns the 6-year-old with Sam Longo, Lazy Slusan won the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita in March. She finished third, after a wide trip, in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 8, but rebounded 20 days later to beat California-bred fillies and mares in the B. Thoughtful Stakes.

Strategically, Feverish may hold an advantage over Lazy Slusan. Both are ideally suited to the distance, but Feverish will have first run on Lazy Slusan, who runs from a stalking position.

The 6-year-old Feverish can lead, but she is more likely to track La Ronge, who is making her stakes debut. "I think she's more effective if she has a target," Hendricks said.

Feverish finished fourth in the Santa Margarita, losing by 1 1/4 lengths to Lazy Slusan. She was given a brief vacation and returned to finish second as a heavy favorite in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Handicap here on May 6.

"I'd say she was about 90 percent cranked," Hendricks said of the Hawthorne. "She had some nice works, but she could have been a little tighter. She ran a good second, but not a stellar race like she's capable of doing."

Hendricks said Feverish has trained well since the Hawthorne. He realizes Sunday's race is an opportunity to add to an already remarkable record.

"She's run 36 times and been first or second 23 times," Hendricks said. "They grow on you when they do that. She was never expected to do anything like this. She's got our respect. Everything she does is icing on the cake."