05/25/2001 11:00PM

A Gamely victory for Happyanunoit


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Keeping Happyanunoit in training for another year has turned out to be a brilliant decision.

Making her first start as a 6-year-old, Happyanunoit won the $221,350 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday, her first start since finishing third in the Matriarch Stakes last November.

Ridden by Brice Blanc for trainer Bobby Frankel, Happyanunoit ($12.60) caught Tranquility Lake in the final 50 yards to win the third Grade 1 race of her career. Carrying 121 pounds, three less than Tranquility Lake, Happyanunoit won by a head, finishing 1 1-8 miles on turf in 1:47.34. Beautiful Noise finished third.

Tranquility Lake, the even-money favorite, stalked the Frankel-trained High Walden to the quarter-pole before taking the lead. Tranquility Lake, who was ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, led by a length at the eighth-pole, but was worn down by Happyanunoit, who rallied three-wide on the final turn.

"I thought I would win at the sixteenth pole," Delahoussaye said. "In the last four jumps, I could feel her weakening. Two jumps out, I could see someone coming and I was hoping I could hold on."

The victory reestablished Happyanunoit's status as one of the nation's top turf fillies and mares. She won her first Grade 1 in the 1999 Matriarch Stakes and won the Grade 1 Beverly Hills Handicap last July, a title she is likely to defend on June 24.

"She took off like she did in the Matriarch," Frankel said. "She's just gamer than the other fillies."

*Expected Program remained unbeaten after two starts with a hard-fought win over Fonz's in the $78,750 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Tyler Baze for trainer James Chapman, Expected Program ($7.60) ran five furlongs in :56.81 seconds, finishing a neck in front of Fonz's, the 8-5 favorite. Square Cut Diamond was third in the field of seven.

Expected Program was wide on the turn, but cornered well. In his debut in a maiden race on April 29, Expected Program blew the turn, but still rallied to win by 3 1-4 lengths.