05/27/2008 11:00PM

Future routers in turf sprint


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - O'Perfect One and Runforthemoneybaby are considered future prospects for route races. In Friday's second race at Hollywood Park, they run in an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf.

O'Perfect One, a 6-year-old Australian-bred mare, will make her second start in the United States, following a third-place finish in an optional claimer on May 1.

Runforthemoneybaby, the winner of the California Cup Juvenile at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting last fall, will make her first start since finishing seventh in the Gradeo3 Miesque Stakes over a mile on turf here last November.

Of the two, O'Perfect One may be better prepared for Friday's race. Owned by Strawberry Hill Stud and trained by Ben Cecil, O'Perfect One will attempt to end a 14-race losing streak dating back to March 2006. Cecil said she was brought to this country because "she was a bad bleeder.

"I was very happy with the way she ran last time," Cecil said. "She sat back and made a nice run at the end. Eventually, we'll stretch her out. She's quite aggressive, so I thought one more sprint would do her good."

Runforthemoneybaby was sidelined after the Miesque though trainer Jeff Mullins said no injury ever was found. "She had something bothering her, and we couldn't detect it," he said.

A winner of 2 of 6 starts and $160,144, Runforthemoneybaby may not be fully ready for this race, Mullins said.

"She missed a work when the rain hit the track," he said, referring to wet weather at Santa Anita last week. "Sometimes you're better off to run, get a little air in them, and point for something else. It's probably a tightener. If she jumps up and wins, it will be a bonus."

The race drew only five, but all are capable of winning.

Look Deep, who is making her turf debut, was fifth as the favorite in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on April 19. She set the pace to the eighth pole before losing by 2 3/4 lengths.

Squeeze Me Tight ran second, ahead of O'Perfect One, on May 1. Squeeze Me Tight won a second-level allowance race on Santa Anita's hillside turf course on March 9, the third win of her 18-race career.

Christiana's Heat makes a quick turnaround after finishing a game second in a first-condition allowance race over six furlongs on turf last Saturday. Trained by Barry Abrams, Christiana's Heat is winless in her last four starts, but was second or third in each.