11/19/2001 12:00AM

Fonz's an unlikely meal ticket


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Fonz's, the winner of Saturday's Hollywood Prevue Stakes* (click here for chart), is the latest horse owned by David LaCroix's Meadowbrook Farms Inc. who was named for a restaurant.

Most of the horses LaCroix races are sold if they do well enough, such as Meetyouathebrig, named for a restaurant near Del Mar. But Fonz's remained with LaCroix after a potential sale this summer fell through because, LaCroix said, Fonz's did not pass a veterinary exam performed by the potential buyer.

So, it was off Saturday night to Fonz's, a Manhattan Beach restaurant not far from LaCroix's home. "It's been fun," LaCroix said. "We used to name everything with a word ending in 'ing,' then it was 'ized,' like Prized. Then we started naming horses after restaurants.

"We don't get every meal for free," LaCroix said, laughing. "There was one place that I stopped going to as often as I used to, because they gave me a free meal every time, and I was getting embarrassed."

Fonz's is expected to make his next start in next month's Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity, where is rivals are expected to include Officer and Siphonic.

Grey Memo seeking a repeat

Grey Memo will attempt to win Thursday's $100,000 On Trust Handicap for the second straight year when he heads the Thanksgiving Day feature, a 7 1/2-furlong race for California-breds.

Grey Memo has won just once this year in 12 starts, but it was at this unusual 7 1/2-furlong distance in June at Hollywood Park, when he won the restricted Ack Ack Stakes. Grey Memo was sixth in the California Cup Classic in his last start. Garrett Gomez, as usual, has the mount.

The expected highweight in the On Trust is Ceeband, who was assigned 123 pounds, four more than Grey Memo. Ceeband, the winner of the California Cup Sprint Handicap in his last start, is 4 for 8 at Hollywood Park and zipped six furlongs in 1:11.80 here on Saturday morning. Matt Garcia will ride.

Others expected for the On Trust are Golden General (Kent Desormeaux), Stormy Jack (Eddie Delahoussaye), and Takin It Deep.

The Thanksgiving program has an early start, 11 a.m.

Queenie Belle heads Cat's Cradle

Queenie Belle, seeking to bounce back from 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, has been assigned top weight of 122 pounds and is expected to head the field in Friday's $100,000 Cat's Cradle Handicap, for older California-bred fillies and mares at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Brice Blanc is the regular rider of Queenie Belle, whose rivals are expected to be Favorite Funtime (Victor Espinoza), Feverish (Desormeaux), Notable Career (Corey Nakatani), Top of Our Game, Warren's Whistle (Alex Solis), and perhaps Jeweled Pirate (Chris McCarron) and either Always The Lady or Storm Kisu.

* Saturday's $70,000 Safely Kept Handicap, for female sprinters at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, is expected to include Cajun Flash, Rolly Polly, Salty Helen, Separata, Tender Morn, Twin Set, and perhaps Song of the Moment.

* Mike Smith and Gary Stevens will be absent from Wednesday through Saturday in order to ride in Japan. Smith rides Dig For It in Saturday's Japan Cup Dirt, and Cagney in Sunday's Japan Cup. Stevens is on White Heart in the Japan Cup. Heading the Japan Cup Dirt is Bobby Frankel-trained Lido Palace, with Jerry Bailey riding.

* Trainer Jack Van Berg paid the first installment of a debt owed to a veterinarian on Saturday, one day after Hollywood Park's stewards scratched Van Berg's two runners from the Friday night program because the Hall of Fame trainer had not met a schedule of payments. Van Berg has worked out a payment schedule for the balance, the stewards said.

Hollywood Prevue Stakes Chart*

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