04/15/2005 11:00PM

Her name won't fit if she wins


CHICAGO - Hopefully, when the filly One Other Than was named, it wasn't a statement of her expected limitations. Five months and three starts ago, One Other Than cleared her one-other-than allowance condition. It is too late now to contemplate a name change, but One Other Than looks like the one to beat in a two-other-than allowance Monday in the featured sixth race at Hawthorne.

Trained by Mickey Goldfine for owner Arthur Appleton, One Other Than is no budding star, but a standout performance is not required to win Monday's feature, which is carded at 1 1/16 miles and drew seven entries. One Other Than's win came in a turf allowance, but she raced on the Hawthorne dirt March 28 in her first start of the season and finished second of seven in an allowance race much like this one. Mazel Pic easily beat One Other Than that day, but she was almost five lengths clear of the show horse, and she appears to meet no superior rival now.

What the race lacks is any speed. One Other Than has not been a front-runner, but she has an inside post and a jockey, Randy Meier, who is comfortable on the front end. Surely Goldfine, dogged by tough luck this meet, would not complain if One Other Than gets out in front, controlling the pace into the far turn.

The new player is Quick Advice, who will be making her second start for trainer Bret Calhoun and first at Hawthorne. Quick Advice mainly was a grass horse last year, but she has won 2 of 3 starts on a fast dirt track.

* Two grass races, the first of the Chicago season, were to have been run here on Sunday, but the turf course will get a break until Friday. The Sunday races were so-called "extras," races not originally written into the horsemen's condition book. Turf races starting Friday will be part of the scheduled racing programs.

* Premium Saltine was an impressive five-length winner of Saturday's featured fourth race, a high-end sprint allowance. Making his first start for trainer Tom Amoss, Premium Saltine was timed in an excellent 1:09.79 for six furlongs. Stratematic finished second, with Fifteen Rounds third.