02/09/2005 1:00AM

Hollywood Story to face older in Santa Maria


ARCADIA, Calif. - A higher purse in a more prestigious race has led owner George Krikorian to point the multiple stakes winner Hollywood Story to Sunday's $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap instead of Saturday's $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.

The decision means that Hollywood Story, 4, will start against mares in the Grade 1 Santa Maria at 1 1/16 miles and not against her own age group in the Grade 2 La Canada at 1 1/8 miles.

Running against mares will not be a stretch for Hollywood Story. She was 3 when she won the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap against 3-year-olds and up at Hollywood Park on Dec. 12.

"George liked the idea of running in the Grade 1," trainer John Shirreffs said of the decision to run in the Santa Maria.

The victory in the Bayakoa marked Hollywood Story's first stakes win in six starts, dating back to her victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in December 2003.

"I think Hollywood Story ran one of her of best races in the Bayakoa," Shirreffs said.

A field of five is likely for the Santa Maria, led by Grade 1 winners Musical Chimes and Star Parade, who share top weight at 118 pounds. Other candidates are Festival, Miss Loren, and Royally Chosen.

The La Canada has only four probables. They are Girl Warrior, A.P. Adventure, and Tarlow - the first three finishers of the El Encino Stakes on Jan. 16 - and Amorama, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on turf last summer.

The Sunshine Millions, for California-breds and Florida-breds on Jan. 29, cost both races starters. The Sunshine Millions Distaff included the 4-year-old fillies Sweet Lips, Alphabet Kisses, and House of Fortune, all of whom would have been ideally suited for the La Canada. Sweet Lips, who won the Distaff, was nominated for the La Canada but is not expected to start.

Mares such as Fencelineneighbor and Dream of Summer, second and third in the Distaff, would have been contenders in the Santa Maria Handicap.

Rock Hard Ten and Congrats aim for Big Cap

Rock Hard Ten, the winner of the Strub Stakes last Saturday, and Congrats, who finished third in Sunday's San Antonio Handicap, are being pointed for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Mandella said it was unlikely they would be sent to the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. He consulted with Rock Hard Ten's owners - Ernie Moody and Madeleine Paulson - and Claiborne Farm, which owns Congrats.

"I'm inclined to stay home, but no final decision has been made," Mandella said.

Rock Hard Ten won his second stakes of the meeting in the 1 1/8-mile Strub, having won the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26.

"I think he's still growing, but not physically," Mandella said. "I'm still getting to know him. It's not the time to go running halfway around the world. Maybe we can take him next year."

Congrats, who won the San Pasqual Handicap on Jan. 8, finished 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Lundy's Liability, in the San Antonio.

"He was coming on at the last little bit," Mandella said. "His race wasn't as good as [the San Pasqual]. I think I need to give him a wake-up call."

Santa Catalina next target for Going Wild

In six weeks, Going Wild has gone from a maiden to a multiple-stakes-winning 3-year-old. He may challenge 2004 juvenile champion Declan's Moon in the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes on March 5.

Last Saturday, Going Wild won his first route in the $102,300 Sham Stakes at 1 1/8 miles. The victory marked his third success of the meeting, preceded by a maiden win at six furlongs on Dec. 26 and a nose victory in the San Miguel Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 17. Going Wild has earned $172,420.

The win has given trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owners Bob and Beverly Lewis high expectations for the colt as the Triple Crown preps intensify in coming weeks.

Lukas was impressed that Going Wild won the Sham from the front, and said he expects the colt to be in better condition in coming weeks.

"He carries a lot of flesh and weight," Lukas said. "We still need to get some of that off of him. He's coming right."

Going Wild won the Sham by a length over Papi Chullo, who remains a maiden after three starts. Giacomo, second to Declan's Moon in the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18, finished third. Giacomo was later found to have lost a shoe in the first turn, Shirreffs said.

Lukas was pleased that Going Wild, who is by Golden Missile out of a Strawberry Road mare, has proven himself over a route.

"I wanted to get two turns in February - that's significant," he said. "He's got a pedigree that screams a mile and a half."

Don't Get Mad ready for stakes debut

Declan's Moon is not the only prominent 3-year-old in trainer Ron Ellis's barn at Hollywood Park this winter.

Sunday, Ellis starts Don't Get Mad in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs. The Grade 2 San Vicente marks the stakes debut for Don't Get Mad, a Stephen Got Even colt who Ellis is convinced will be better suited to longer distances.

"I think seven-eighths will be a little short for him," he said. "His thing is he's bred to go a mile and a quarter. I'm looking for him to run into form."

Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Don't Get Mad beat maidens by six lengths over six furlongs on Nov. 2 and won an allowance race over seven furlongs on Nov. 26. At the time, he was trained by Paul McGee. In both races, Don't Get Mad rallied from the back of the field.

The San Vicente will have a small field, including Consolidator, who won the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity in October; Roman Ruler, a two-time graded stakes winner; and Kirkendahl and Pavo, who will be longshots.

Five starters, four claims in Wednesday's first

Four of the five runners were claimed from Wednesday's first race, run at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares entered for a $25,000 claiming tag.

The winner, Smokegetenyoureyes, was taken by owner Peter Prousalis and will be trained by Jack Van Berg. Other claims were runner-up Fatal Caper (who will be trained by Bill Spawr), third-place finisher My Honey Bunny (Danny Johnson), and last-place finisher Siracoque (Ted H. West). Only fourth-place finisher The Borg Queen did not change stables.