12/10/2007 12:00AM

Grace Anatomy starts over in Starlet

EmailINGLEWOOD, Calif. - Good fortune seemed to abandon Grace Anatomy in October.

She was a troubled third in the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 5, losing by 1 1/4 lengths to the highly regarded Country Star, and appeared to want nothing to do with a sloppy main track in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.

Trainer Doug O'Neill is throwing out the Juvenile Fillies result as Grace Anatomy nears her third consecutive start in a Grade 1 in Saturday's $250,000 Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park. She has been well-regarded by the stable since the Del Mar meeting, and can validate that opinion with a strong showing in the Starlet.

The probable starters along with Grace Anatomy include Country Star, the stakes winners Foxy Danseur, Grace and Power, Initiation, and The Golden Noodle, and the undefeated Spritely, who is making her stakes debut.

Grace Anatomy finished seventh in the BC Juvenile Fillies, 18 lengths behind Indian Blessing, the race winner and leading 2-year-old filly in the nation. After the race, jockey Frankie Dettori told O'Neill that Grace Anatomy did not handle the sloppy conditions.

"He said from the word go that she never handled the goo," O'Neill said. "There was never a part when we thought we had a horse [with a chance]. A lot of people use that excuse, but I think it's true."

Owned by Pablo Suarez, Paul Lo Duca, and Paul Reddam, Grace Anatomy worked six furlongs in 1:14.40 on Saturday, which gave O'Neill further encouragement about her chances in the Starlet. Grace Anatomy has yet to win at the Starlet distance of 1 1/16 miles, but she ran well at that distance in the Alcibiades after a poor start and a wide trip.

"I think she's back to her pre-Alcibiades look right now," O'Neill said. "She's proven she likes the synthetic surface. We think she's got a big chance."

In a way, O'Neill needs a big-race win to revive his massive stable. Through Sunday, he was tied for fourth in the Hollywood Park trainer standings with eight wins, trailing John Sadler, who leads with 16. With only seven racing days left before the fall meeting ends on Dec. 22, O'Neill is highly unlikely to catch Sadler.

A win by Grace Anatomy would not only boost the stable, but give O'Neill an important filly for the major stakes in the first half of 2008.

"It would be a good way to end a mediocre meeting," he said.

Georgie Boy works fast - too fast

Georgie Boy, unraced since winning the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5, worked three furlongs in 34.40 seconds at Hollywood Park on Sunday, his first workout since returning to serious training last month.

The work was much quicker than trainer Kathy Walsh had planned. Walsh said that Georgie Boy was not settled in the early part of the workout because of another horse nearby.

"A horse got in behind and he got a little rank and went a little fast," Walsh said. "I wanted 36. He galloped out a good half."

Georgie Boy was held out of the major 2-year-old races in September and October as Walsh opted to have a fresh horse for the major stakes in early 2008. When Georgie Boy was taken out of serious training, Walsh emphasized that Georgie Boy was not injured.

Sunday, she said that Georgie Boy will be pointed for the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash for California-breds and Florida-breds at Santa Anita on Jan. 26.

* Jockey Aaron Gryder will serve a three-day suspension beginning Sunday after he dropped an appeal of a suspension issued at Del Mar in August. The suspension includes the last two days of this meet, Dec. 21-22.

* Kenny Black, the former jockey, won his first race as a trainer on Saturday with Frangipanni ($28.20) in the second race. He has six horses in training. "Christmas came early," Black said.