11/27/2009 12:00AM

Full Mandate set for U.S. debut


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Considering the recent company she has kept, Full Mandate should be a standout in Sunday's $100,000 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park.

In Ireland in September, Full Mandate was second in the $2.3 million Goffs Million Sprint over six furlongs on turf. Beethoven, fourth in that field of 20, later won the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes in England and was sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.

Full Mandate will make her U.S. debut in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes over a mile on turf for 2-year-old fillies. She arrived at trainer Jim Cassidy's stable in mid-November, having been purchased for approximately $250,000 at a sale in England in October.

Full Mandate has been in steady training this fall after the conclusion of the European turf season, but Cassidy said he is hesitant to predict success Sunday.

"Some people have a lot of luck with horses running off the plane," he said. "Mine run okay and run better after I have them for a while. I'd love to see her win. I can't say I'm very confident. Not in her, but in the whole scenario."

Cassidy said Full Mandate needs a sharp break from the rail in the eight-runner Miesque to secure a spot near the lead.

"If she breaks, she'll be very forward," Cassidy said. "If she doesn't break, I hope she makes a big run. I worked her a little three-eighths, and she seemed to have a good turn of foot, but we didn't ask for too much."

Six of the eight fillies have won on turf, but not Connie and Michael, who finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 6. Trained by Kenneth McPeek, Connie and Michael scored a flashy win in a seven-furlong maiden race at Keeneland on Oct. 17 in her debut, but she faded through the stretch of the BC Juvenile Fillies, finishing 4 3/4 lengths behind She Be Wild.

McPeek said Connie and Michael "needs repetition in two-turn races" and that he is not worried about the surface switch.

"She got tired in the Breeders' Cup," he said. "I think it was because she didn't have the foundation."

The field includes Whispering Hush, the stylish winner of a maiden race on turf at Santa Anita last month, and In the Slips, who won twice on turf in England in September.