06/07/2001 11:00PM

Filly looks golden in finale

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STICKNEY, Ill. - A day after Langston was to have started as a short-priced favorite in Hawthorne's Saturday feature, owner Frank Calabrese and trainer Wayne Catalano come right back with another heavy favorite Sunday. Golden Antigua, like Langston a turf horse, should have no peer in the closing-day feature here.

The race is for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on grass, and is open to $40,000 claimers or fourth-level allowance horses.

Golden Antigua definitely races under the allowance conditions: She posted a victory in her last start, and her connections are not about to risk her for a claiming price right now.

Though that is exactly the way Calabrese acquired Golden Antigua this spring. A 4-year-old filly by Hansel, Golden Antigua made the first 18 starts of her career in Europe, and after coming to the U.S. last fall, was dropped into claiming company in Florida this year.

Calabrese jumped in when Golden Antigua raced for a $65,000 price in late March, and Golden Antigua has already paid for herself by winning the Nicole Stakes here on opening day. That raced earned her less than $30,000, but stakes-placed fillies with even passable pedigrees command good money on the broodmare market these days.

The Nicole became an easier spot when the favorite, Please Sign In, scratched from the race, but Golden Antigua, it turns out, might have won anyway. She rated behind a moderate early pace, then blew past the field in the stretch to win by more than four lengths.

Catalano has given the filly two easy breezes since her last race, and she should keep her edge through Sunday. Jockey Shane Laviolette, Catalano's first-call rider right now, retains the mount.

The primary competition should come from Badouizm, and perhaps Trickle Creek Miss and M and M Machine.

Badouizm, trained by Dick Lundy, won the Grade 2 Lake Placid two summers ago, but has raced only three times since 1999. She finished fourth in two recent turf starts on the Kentucky circuit.

Trickle Creek Miss also lacks recent form, having raced only once since last summer. She invades from Kentucky for trainer Hal Wiggins.

M and M Machine, who is locally based, is a much better mare on turf than on dirt, and a poor race in the mud here May 27 is best overlooked.

Sunday's feature goes as the eighth of 10 races. The nightcap is a small stakes race for Quarter Horses.