04/28/2008 12:00AM

Harlene takes spotlight from Lava Man


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - On a day in which Lava Man could only finish third in his 2008 debut in the Khaled Stakes, the maiden Harlene proved to be the star for Lava Man's trainer, Doug O'Neill, pulling a major upset in Sunday's $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Harlene ($69.80) rallied from seventh along the rail to win the Snow Chief Stakes on the 10-race California Gold Rush program for statebreds. Harlene was ridden by Michael Baze, who won three major stakes on Sunday. Baze rode Mr. Wolverine in the Khaled Stakes and Spenditallbaby in the B. Thoughtful Stakes.

Owned by Claimboxdotcom and Royce Jaime Racing, Harlene ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.96. A gelding by Decarchy, Harlene was winless in six starts before the Snow Chief, including a third in the California Cup Juvenile last fall. He has earned $183,560.

Harlene finished a neck in front of Dewey's Special, who finished a neck in front of One Chin Again in the field of 13 3-year-olds. Pleasure Grounds, the 3-1 favorite, faded to finish last in his first start outside the Bay Area.

Khaled: Mr. Wolverine beats Lava Man

Mr. Wolverine won the first stakes of his career in the Khaled, spoiling the return to racing of the seven-time Grade 1 winner Lava Man after a break of nearly six months.

Mr. Wolverine ($9) swept past pacesetter Epic Power and Lava Man in the stretch to win the Khaled Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths. Mr. Wolverine ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.51, scoring the fourth win of his 11-race career. A 6-year-old gelding by Last Lion, Mr. Wolverine has earned $274,866. He is trained by Jorge Gutierrez.

Lava Man, a winner of 17 of 44 starts and $5,232,706, was well-placed behind Epic Power on the turn, but could not reach the front. Epic Power finished three-quarters of a length in front of Lava Man in the field of six. Lava Man was making his first start since a sixth-place finish in the California Cup Classic last November.

Melair: Bel Air Sizzle put up

With a little help from the stewards, Bel Air Sizzle ended a remarkable week at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

Three days after she won an allowance race, Bel Air Sizzle ($7.60) was promoted from second to first in the $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies following the disqualification of race winner Gambler's Justice. The Melair was Bel Air Sizzle's first stakes win.

Gambler's Justice, an 8-1 chance, was disqualified to third for causing interference to Final Fling in early stretch. Final Fling was crowded on the rail and nearly fell while trying to pass Gambler's Justice. Final Fling recovered to finish third. The stewards needed five minutes to revise the order of finish. Gambler's Justice ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.38.

Trained by Barry Abrams, Bel Air Sizzle was entered in the Melair by accident. The stable had intended to enter Lethal Heat, but through confusion in the racing office or a mistake by Abrams, Bel Air Sizzle was entered. After her easy win on Thursday, Abrams decided to start Bel Air Sizzle on Sunday. By Unusual Heat, Bel Air Sizzle has won 4 of 9 starts and $259,940.

B. Thoughtful: Make it two for Abrams

Spenditallbaby, another Abrams-trained filly, upset 3-5 Tiz Elemental to win her 2008 debut in the $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes for female sprinters. Tiz Elemental, the winner of the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita earlier this month, led in the final furlong but was caught by Spenditallbaby ($27).

Both Tiz Elemental and Spenditallbaby benefited from a torrid pace of 21.54 and 43.53 seconds set by River Glow. Spenditallbaby, last of six for the first half-mile, won by a length and finished seven furlongs in a quick 1:21.04. Chosen Royalty, the 18-1 outsider, finished third.

Spenditallbaby was making her first start since finishing fifth in the California Cup Distaff last November. A 4-year-old filly by Unusual Heat, Spenditallbaby has won 5 of 21 starts and $417,730.

Fran's Valentine: Tutta Bella pulls off theft

Tutta Bella won her first stakes in the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for fillies and mares on turf, stealing the race with a slow early pace.

Tutta Bella ($6.20) won by a neck over Comedy Girl, with Swiss Current third in the field of five. Tiz a Blend, the 3-5 favorite, was second to early stretch and faded to finish fourth.

Tutta Bella ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.87. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, she set an early pace of 24.81 and 48.51 seconds and was not challenged until the final furlong.

The Fran's Valentine was Tutta Bella's third consecutive win for owner-breeder Pamela Ziebarth and trainer John Sadler. A 5-year-old mare by Holy Bull, Tutta Bella has won 4 of 10 starts and $252,720.

Tiznow: Ex-claimer Stella Mark wins

Stella Mark, claimed for $50,000 in January, won his stakes debut in the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes, a race decimated by six scratches, including morning-line favorite Bilo and leading contender Lucky J.H.

Stella Mark ($27.60) rallied between horses in the stretch to win the Tiznow by 1 1/2 lengths over Cost of Freedom. Medzendeekron finished third in the field of six. Johnny Eves, the winner of the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes last December, finished fourth after contending for the early lead. Notional, who was 16th in the Dubai Duty Free last month, finished last.

Ridden by Brice Blanc, Stella Mark ran 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:27.10. Stella Mark stalked the early pace before reaching the front in the final furlong. Owned by Jeffrey Sengara and trained by Ted H. West, the 4-year-old Benchmark gelding has won 5 of 13 starts in his career, and 3 of 4 starts and $171,306 since being claimed.