11/28/2002 12:00AM

Good Journey has hard road in Citation


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Good Journey has come full circle in the last year. After Good Journey won the Citation Handicap in November 2001, trainer Wally Dollase said the horse's 2002 campaign would be focused on the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park. He finished a game third in that race, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, Domedriver.

On Saturday, Good Journey returns to defend his title in the $500,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park, a race that helped establish his reputation.

"He's given us a thrill and a half," Dollase said. "When he went to the front at the top of the stretch in the Breeders' Cup, all of us went ballistic."

Run over 1 1/16 miles, the Citation drew 10 entrants, seven of whom have won stakes this year.

Good Journey will need a top performance to win. Night Patrol, the winner of the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, was held out of the Breeders' Cup in favor of this. Decarchy returns from a seven-month break, but won two stakes last winter. Kachamandi is a live longshot. The winner of a minor stakes at Del Mar in August, he ran second to Night Patrol last month.

Decarchy was being considered for the Steinlen Handicap at Arlington on Oct. 27, but was held out in favor of the Steinlen Handicap - yes, both races have the same name - at Hollywood Park on Nov. 10. He missed the Hollywood race because it was transferred to the main track because of wet conditions.

The layoff does not concern trainer Bobby Frankel. "Maybe it's better that I didn't run," Frankel said. "He's perfect. He's very good."

The invaders Kimberlite Pipe and Capsized are coming off victories on the Chicago circuit. Kimberlite Pipe won the Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne from the front. Capsized rallied from off the pace to win the Steinlen Handicap at Arlington Park.

Good Journey drew post 5, and should be near the front under jockey Pat Day.

In the Breeders' Cup Mile, Good Journey was on the lead after a quarter-mile. Earlier this year, he rallied from mid-pack to win the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs and the Atto Mile at Woodbine.

"He's one of those push-button horses and will do what you want him to do - and that's why I love him so much," Dollase said. "He has a tremendous kick. Pat thinks the world of him and that's why he's coming out to ride him."

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