06/30/2004 11:00PM

Frankel can win one, but not two


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - An illness to Etoile Montante will keep trainer Bobby Frankel from attempting a sweep of the two $100,000, one-mile turf stakes for females at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Etoile Montante would have been a heavy favorite in the Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares, but Frankel said from New York on Thursday that she would not ship to California.

The absence of Etoile Montante leaves Frankel without a starter in that race.

In the Flawlessly Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Frankel has a top contender in Miss Vegas, who won her U.S. debut in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes on May 15. was invited to Saturday's $750,000 American Oaks over 1 1/4 miles on turf, but looks better suited to the Flawlessly distance.

Without Etoile Montante, the Grade 3 Royal Heroine Stakes will have a field of six fillies and mares, including Fun House, the winner of the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap last February at Santa Anita; Katdogawn, the winner of the Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap last December; and Janeian, a top turf filly from Texas.

Katdogawn is likely to go favored. Trained by Jim Cassidy, Katdogawn finished third in the WinStar Distaff at Lone Star Park on May 31 behind Academic Angel and Janeian.

In the Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita on March 27, Katdogawn was promoted from second to first following the disqualification of Megahertz. Katdogawn has not finished first since the Dahlia Handicap.

The loss in the WinStar Distaff irked Cassidy. He said Katdogawn had a tough trip in the stretch, but he also regretted his decision to give her a workout six days before the race.

"What I did, which I'd never done before, was to blow her out before to take the steam out of her," Cassidy said. "I think I made a mistake. She puts a whole lot of effort in her work and races. I usually don't work her for 10 days before a race."

In the WinStar Distaff, Katdogawn rallied from seventh in the final quarter-mile to miss by a length.

"When she turned for home, a horse came in on her and another came out on her," Cassidy said. "She kept traveling and she only got beat a length. She's training really well. She seems to be back to herself."

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has starters in both stakes. Hippogator, trying to end a two-race losing streak, will be part of the pace in the Royal Heroine Stakes. She won the Miss America Handicap at Bay Meadows on April 10.

In the Flawlessly Stakes, Hollendorfer starts Crozet, who is seeking her third consecutive win.

Crozet won an allowance race May 13 and the Bay Meadows Oaks on June 12 in her stakes debut. The Flawlessly is her first start in Southern California.

Miss Vegas is expected to set the pace in the Flawlessly. She scored a head win in the Senorita Stakes, holding off a late run from Ticker Tape, a starter in the American Oaks. In Italy last year, Miss Vegas won three stakes from 5 1/2 to six furlongs on turf.

There are nine fillies in the Flawlessly, including three making their stakes debuts - Dawn's Angel, Dewey's Trick, and Five Nickels.

Dawn's Angel won an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles on turf May 19, finishing a head in front of Lovely Rafaela. On June 5, Lovely Rafaela pulled an upset in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap, earning a berth in the American Oaks.

"The form has worked out well from the last race," said Ben Cecil who trains Dawn's Angel.

Dawn's Angel led in her recent win, but Cecil says he is hoping she can stalk Miss Vegas.

"She seems to be going the right way," Cecil said of Dawn's Angel. "She was very light earlier in the year, and we tried to get some weight on her. This is a good spot for her."