07/02/2002 11:00PM

French filly Crousille makes U.S. debut


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Crousille makes her U.S. debut in Friday's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park after a promising series of races earlier this year in France.

"If she runs the race she can, she'll kill them," new trainer Ian Jory said. Stakes placed earlier this year, Crousille has only a maiden win to her credit. When she was purchased by Derek Fisher, Jory wanted to start Crousille in Saturday's $500,000 American Oaks, but did not receive an invitation when the first batch was handed around, he said.

When a provisional invitation was offered earlier this week, Jory stuck with his new plan for a start in the Flawlessly, run over a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies.

"I've had her only 10 days, and I didn't feel like I knew her well enough," Jory said. "If the American Oaks were in another three weeks, I'd have run her."

Typical of many French imports, Crousille is a closer, who will need a strong rally to catch Boozin Susan, High Society, and Pina Colada, who will lead or stalk the pace.

High Society will go favored. Trained by Laura de Seroux, High Society has made three starts this year, including a win in the La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita last March. At this meeting, she was second in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes over a mile on turf and third in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 8.

High Society's tactical speed will give jockey Patrick Valenzuela the option of staying closer to the pace, depending on how the race unfolds.

Pina Colada and Boozin' Susan may lead. They finished 1-2 in an allowance race over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf on May 23, and are searching for their first stakes wins.

Super High, the winner of the California Sires Stakes on May 31, and Carinae, the runner-up in the Manhattan Beach Stakes on June 9, will be close. Neither have won stakes in open company.

Jory is hoping that the competition that Crousille faced in France will translate into an American stakes win. Most recently, Crousille was second in the minor Prix de Bagatelle to Little Treasure. Earlier this year, she was a close third to Spring Star in an allowance race in France. The form of that race was flattered when Spring Star returned to win a Group 2, the Prix de Sandringham.

"She has serious speed as a closer," Jory said of Crousille. "She's not a big filly, but she's very nice."

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