08/10/2001 11:00PM

Haunted Lass owns top credentials in Everget


When Allen Iwinski sends out a 2-year-old for its first race, the horse may run well. But Iwinski can almost guarantee that his juveniles will run even better the second time out.

That's why Iwinski was hardly surprised when Haunted Lass, a 2-year-old filly he trains for the Iwin99 partnership, trounced allowance foes by 5 1/4 lengths in her second lifetime start at Delaware Park. She improved by 20 points on the Beyer Speed Figure scale in that race, after finishing second in her debut against maidens 2 1/2 weeks earlier.

"Actually, I was expecting some improvement," Iwinski said. "I don't get to the bottom of my babies. However they run their first race, I always expect them to go forward.

"Some trainers get to the bottom of their 2-year-olds right away and they will run the best of race of their life first time out and a lot will tail off," he said. "We don't do that. We try to bring them along slowly. We never get the best out of them in the morning and we always expect them to improve."

If Haunted Lass improves again in her third start, she figures to be tough to beat in Monday's $75,000 Everget Stakes, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies at Delaware Park.

Moved up to first via disqualification in her debut at five furlongs on July 9, Haunted Lass is officially 2 for 2. None of the four fillies she faces in the Everget has won anything except a maiden race, including Awol, who is still a maiden after two starts.

Either Bronze Abe or Knock Twice could win if Haunted Lass bounces off her last effort, when her Beyer Speed Figure jumped from 55 to 75.

Bronze Abe, trained by Bud Delp, finished third behind Haunted Lass on July 28, but was in tight quarters at the three-eighths pole that day, which may have hindered her rally. She is adding Lasix, a high-percentage move for Delp the last two seasons.

Knock Twice comes into the Everget off a maiden win in which she earned a 67 Beyer. If she moves forward off that effort, she should be a formidable threat.

The other horse with one victory, Romancera, has been idle since easily winning her second career start June 9 at Philadelphia Park.

* In Saturday's $75,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial Stakes, Wedlock ($4.60) splashed to a

2 1/2-length victory over a sloppy track. Wedlock, making his first start for trainer Graham Motion, was timed in 1:50.43 for 1 1/8 miles. The field of 3-year-olds was reduced to five when Saratoga Games, the prerace heavy favorite, was scratched.