11/21/2005 1:00AM

G G's Dolly best of 7 in sprint


CHICAGO - Winter racing at Hawthorne can produce strange results, but even so, it would qualify as news of the weird if G G's Dolly loses the Wednesday feature here. G G's Dolly is a real racehorse, a winner in half her six starts. She finished second at Keeneland in her most recent race, and meets six apparently overmatched opponents in the third race on Wednesday, a third-level sprint allowance with a $35,000 claiming option.

G G's Dolly races for the owner Bill Niedfelt and is trained by Kelly Von Hemel. Debuting this summer at Prairie Meadows - a somewhat belated debut halfway through her 3-year-old season - G G's Dolly won her second start by 2 1/4 lengths, her third by five.

A flop on the Ellis Park turf was followed by a two-month break, after which G G's Dolly easily won a second-level allowance race at Arlington. Her talent warranted a trip to Kentucky, and despite a poor start and a rush into a fast pace, G G's Dolly finished a close second of 11 in a strong Keeneland allowance race.

"She really stepped forward that day," Von Hemel said. "Once she got toward the front end, she relaxed pretty good out there."

G G's Dolly was entered earlier this month in a Churchill Downs allowance race, and could have drawn into the race from the also-eligible list, but she was under the weather when the race came up, and Von Hemel took a pass.

"She just carried a minor temperature that day," he said. "She didn't even miss any training."

G G's Dolly should head straight for the front and lead all the way under jockey Perry Compton, and though she has not raced over this sometimes tricky track surface, Von Hemel does not expect the racetrack to be an impediment.

"She's been training here all fall, so I don't see where she'd have any problems with it," he said.

Fort Prado still looking for room

Hawthorne-based horses were in stakes action across the country last weekend. Lady Luck, however, did not make the trip.

Fort Prado finished sixth on Sunday at Churchill in the Grade 3 River City Handicap, but he was beaten less than two lengths after a trip trainer Chris Block described as "the worst I've ever seen one of my horses have."

Locked in behind horses through a slow pace, Fort Prado's real problems began on the far turn, when jockey Rafael Bejarano had to steady and check him several times. Things got even worse in the stretch run. Fort Prado was blocked by a wall of horses, and he never saw daylight.

"I'm convinced if he'd ever gotten out he would have won it," Block said. "It's really frustrating, since I thought he was sitting on a big race. He never once had a place to go."

Now, the Illinois-bred Fort Prado is going to Florida, where he will get a winter vacation, Block said. But it may not be the time to rest Iosilver, who won the $100,000 Schaefer Handicap on Saturday night at Hoosier Park for Block and owners Darrell and Sadie Brommer.

Iosilver ran for a claiming tag this summer, but has moved steadily forward for several months, and won the Schaefer by a widening 16 lengths.

"The way he's doing, we may have to take a look around and see if there's anything else out there for him right now," said Block

And finally, Block said Mystery Giver continues to progress as he attempts to come back from a career-threatening injury sustained in the 2004 Arlington Million. Mystery Giver has breezed three times now at the Block family farm near Ocala, Fla., and could show up in a race this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, if all goes well.

Major Rhythm's sour note

Back East at Laurel Park, the Hawthorne-based Major Rhythm suffered a tough beat in the $75,000 Laurel Turf Cup, losing by a head to Dreadnaught after taking the lead in deep stretch.

"Doggone, we tried," said trainer Ed Beam. "They said it was a head, but I thought it was less than that."

The 62-year-old Beam gallops and shoes Major Rhythm himself, and drove him to Maryland and back home on is own, too. Major Rhythm appeared to have come out of the race in good shape, Beam said, and could race again before the end of the year, perhaps at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs.

"He's doing so good right now, and last night he cleaned up his feed," Beam said Monday. "If everything goes okay, I'd like to run him another time or two this winter."