11/17/2007 12:00AM

Foxy Danseur cruises in Sharp Cat

EmailINGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Christopher Paasch and owner Charles Cono teamed up to win the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet two years ago with Diplomat Lady, and they may get another chance in this year's Starlet with Foxy Danseur, who scored a comfortable 2 3/4-length victory Saturday at Hollywood Park in the $107,100 Sharp Cat Stakes, this track's prep for next month's Starlet.

Foxy Danseur ($3.60), the favorite, was the most experienced 2-year-old filly in the race, with six starts, but she had yet to race around two turns. She handled that hurdle with aplomb. Foxy Danseur was on the lead throughout, yet set sensible fractions and then kicked clear when turned loose at the top of the stretch by jockey Mike Smith.

Foxy Danseur completed 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.06 following fractions of 23.84 seconds, 47.49, and 1:11.98 for the first six furlongs. Champagne Eyes, who pressed the early pace, continued well to be second, 3 1/4 lengths in front of Czechers. Highland Torree was fourth, with Always in Style last in the field of five.

The first four finishers all were coming out of the six-furlong Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, a race in which Foxy Danseur rallied to finish second. Foxy Danseur, by Mr. Greeley, has now won twice in seven starts. Cono purchased her for $280,000 in March at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. sale.

"She broke a little sharper than I thought she would," Paasch said. "But Mike said she relaxed better than she ever did. I was really happy with the way she came home.

"We'll look at the Starlet. That was our goal with our fillies from the beginning of the year. But if she's not ready, we'll wait for Santa Anita. This was her seventh race, and I don't want to leave her on the racetrack. If she's ready in December, we'll take a look at the Starlet."