11/08/2004 1:00AM

Hollywood: First stakes for Whilly


Whilly, who ran in three top stakes in Italy before arriving in the United States last spring, scored his first stakes win in the $63,325 Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The victory gave trainer Doug O'Neill a one-two sweep in the restricted race, with Perfect Moon finishing second. Whilly ($8.60) finished a mile on turf in 1:36.23.

The restricted Bien Bien marked Whilly's third start in the United States. He finished third in the Grade 3 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap in June and eighth in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby last month at Santa Anita.

In the Oak Tree Derby, Whilly led to early stretch. In the Bien Bien, Whilly stalked Wild Babe through slow fractions of 24.66 and 49.06 seconds.

Ridden by Felipe Martinez, Whilly rallied from fourth in the final quarter-mile to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Perfect Moon. We All Love Aleyna finished third, followed by Wild Babe and Top of the Bill.

Top of the Bill, a recent arrival from France, was the 9-5 favorite. He was last throughout and never threatened the leaders.