05/05/2006 12:00AM

Frankel duo leads stakes shippers


Southern California invaders may hold all the aces in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap, the feature race on the final day of racing at the Golden Gate meet. Live racing returns to northern California at Bay Meadows on Wednesday.

A field of 11, led by Dream Lady, is expected for the 1 1/8-mile Yerba Buena. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Dream Lady finished second in the Grade 3 Lake George at Saratoga in her final start of 2005. Since being shipped to Southern California with Frankel's main string, Dream Lady has racked up a win and two runner-up performances this year at Santa Anita. Dream Lady won her last race in gate-to-wire fashion over three next-out winners.

Dream Lady will break from the inside post on Sunday, and she has the tactical speed to sit a nice trip behind what is expected to be a quick pace.

Frankel also entered Dream Lady's uncoupled stablemate Dreams Come True. Dreams Come True won the Sun City Handicap at Turf Paradise and was flattered when Muir Beach, third in the Sun City, returned from that effort to win a stakes race with a 95 Beyer Speed Figure.

A winner of her last three starts, all at Santa Anita, Hallowed Dream placed in the 2005 Group 1 Italian Oaks as a maiden and will make her first start against graded-stakes company since her troubled last-place finish in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood last July. Hall of Famer Ron McAnally will ship Dream's in from Santa Anita. A multiple stakes winner, Dream's has won 8 of her 16 starts and will make the important third start of her form cycle Sunday.

Strong Faith leads the local contingent. Trained by John Martin, Strong Faith has won her last four races, including a pair of stakes races on the main track.

Marla Bay and Midwife, the second- and third-place finishers of the 2005 Yerba Buena, are back again. Marla Bay drew the outside post and will have to hustle to gain a good position going into the first turn. Midwife finished ahead of Dream's last time out at Santa Anita, but prefers to race near the lead, and a fast pace may hurt her chances.

Jerry Hollendorfer's coupled entry of Secret Corsage and Sky Dreams should also attract support at the betting windows. A multiple stakes winner on dirt, Secret Corsage is winless on grass and figures to be up close to the hot pace. Sky Dreams has won 2 of her last 3 races on dirt, but has been successful on the grass.

Rounding out the field are Papillon Rouge and Eleanor Rose.