06/22/2008 11:00PM

Gotta Have Her gets test in stakes


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Gotta Have Her seemed poised for a promising winter campaign after she won the Harold Ramser Handicap at Santa Anita last October. She wound up sidelined for nearly six months after being diagnosed with pneumonia a month later.

After Gotta Have Her won a comeback race in an allowance race at a mile on turf June 4, trainer Jenine Sahadi reverted to her 2007 impressions of the 4-year-old filly.

"I really believe she's a nice horse," she said.

Gotta Have Her makes her 2008 graded stakes debut in Sunday's $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap at 1o1/4 miles on turf. It will be the longest race of her career, and a test.

"I guess we'll find out how far she'll go," Sahadi said.

Owned by Green Lantern Stables, Gotta Have Her has won 4 of 11 starts and $213,023. She followed the win in the Ramser with a ninth-place finish in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1. It was then that the illness was diagnosed.

"She had a raging lung infection after the race," Sahadi said. "I turned her out until she came out if it."

Sahadi was encouraged when Gotta Have Her worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 at Santa Anita last Friday, the fastest of 10 recorded works at the distance.

"She worked unbelievably," Sahadi said.

Gotta Have Her may need to run unbelievably. The Beverly Hills will have a strong field, including Black Mamba, who has placed second or third in seven consecutive starts; Foxysox, the winner of the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap in April; and Santa Teresita, who was second to the star older female Zenyatta in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap on May 31.

The Beverly Hills Handicap is the main race Sunday. There are four stakes Saturday, led by the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Intangaroo, winner of two Grade 1 sprints for females, and the undefeated Magnificience lead the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap at seven furlongs. Daytona, a winner of six stakes since October, will be heavily favored in the $250,000 American Handicap at 1o1/8 miles on turf.

The $100,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs features the impressive maiden winner Cosmic Queen and Glitter City, both of whom are making their stakes debuts. Trifecta King, winner of the Cinderella Stakes on May 25, may pass the race and start at Del Mar, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Invitations out for female turf stakes

Hollywood Park has released invitations for its $750,000 turf races for females on July 5 - the Grade 2 CashCall Mile for older fillies and mares and the Grade 1 American Oaks for 3-year-olds. Both races are dominated by American-based runners.

In past years, fillies and mares based in Japan have won both races - Cesario in the 2005 American Oaks and Dance in the Mood in the 2006 CashCall Mile. This year, no Japanese horses have been invited; track officials sent out feelers to Japanese horsemen, but they said they would not be able to send horses.

The American Oaks, which is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf, is expected to include Misty Ocean and Bel Air Sizzle, the first two finishers of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap here on June 7; Raw Silk and Life Is Sweet, the first two finishers of the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park on May 31; and the European fillies Annie Skates, Carribean Sunset, and Satan's Circus. Carribean Sunset was third in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting in England last Friday.

Trainer Bobby Frankel has the two leading contenders for the CashCall Mile in Precious Kitten, winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes on Mayo26, and Ventura, winner of the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park on June 7. Trainer Jim Cassidy has two candidates - Diamond Diva, second to Precious Kitten in the Gamely, and Passified, winner of the Redondo Beach Stakes on June 7.

The lone foreign invitee, Once Upon a Grace, is a maiden who has finished fifth in two Group 3 stakes in England and Ireland.

Tiz West targets La Jolla Handicap

The nose win by Tiz West in Saturday's $147,200 Cinema Handicap was the colt's third win in four starts on turf. After winning two stakes during that span since late March, trainer Richard Mandella is convinced that the 3-year-old colt can develop into a turf star.

"He's getting a little more professional and he's shown he's got a little fight in him," Mandella said.

Mandella said Tiz West may not start again until the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 9. By then, he expects further improvement from Tiz West, who is by Gone West out of Tizso. Tizso is a full sister to Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year who won the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2000 and 2001 and earned $6.4 million; and Budroyale, a seven-time stakes winner who earned $2.8 million.

"They develop a little later, and he's kind of going along in the same way," Mandella said of Tiz West.

Quick Enough eyes Calif. Cup Sprint

Trainer Ron Ellis may have a former $25,000 claimer for the California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in October.

Quick Enough, taken last December at Santa Anita, won for the third time in four starts this year in a first-condition allowance race at six furlongs on turf Saturday. Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Quick Enough led or disputed the pace throughout and won by three lengths in the quick time of 1:08.83. The allowance race was the 4-year-old gelding's second consecutive win, preceded by an allowance race for statebreds on Mayo17.

"He's gotten better every time I've run him," Ellis said. "When you claim one, you're not thinking about the California Cup."

Ellis said Quick Enough will make one start at Del Mar this summer.

"I like to give him plenty of time," Ellis said.

Quick Enough has earned $121,600 since being claimed.

* Because of warm weather Sunday, with temperatures reaching the mid-90s, post parades were shorter than normal, with horses going onto the track with eight minutes to post instead of the typical 12 minutes.