11/23/2006 1:00AM

Hucking Hot will try to stay calm


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Nearly everything about Hucking Hot's American debut in the Hidden Light Stakes went perfectly. Everything that is, but the start.

Before she won the race with an impressive stretch rally, Hucking Hot threw a tantrum before loading. The incident has been foremost on the minds of trainer Paddy Gallagher and his assistant, Jamie Lloyd, in advance of Hucking Hot's return in Saturday's $100,000 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park.

"She's been to the gate four times since that race," Lloyd said on Thursday morning. "We just got back 10 minutes ago and she stood perfectly."

Hucking Hot will need to show ideal manners to win the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at a mile on turf for 2-year-old fillies. The race has drawn 11 fillies, seven who began their careers in Europe. Five of those fillies are making their first start in the United States.

Hucking Hot won a minor race at Beverley, England, in June in her fourth start and was sent to Lloyd in late summer. At the time, Lloyd trained a small stable and was an assistant to Gallagher. Lloyd has since relinquished his stable and works for Gallagher and as a bloodstock agent.

Hucking Hot was Lloyd's final starter when she won the Hidden Light Stakes. Once the race started, Hucking Hot was last of six for the first half-mile and rallied wide to reach contention in midstretch. She finished three-quarters of a length in front of Spenditallbaby, another starter in the Miesque.

"Even though it was a slow pace, she ran well," Lloyd said.

Jim Cassidy trains two of the Miesque's European imports - Down the Well and Passified.

Down the Well finished fifth in the Hidden Light after her saddle slipped. Passified has one victory in three starts, winning her debut in England in September. She later finished fourth and eighth in stakes.

Trainers Todd Pletcher and Jeff Mullins each has a starter.

Mullins starts Mystic Soul, who finished second in the Miss Grillo at Belmont on Oct. 22 in her stakes debut. The race came 17 days after she was claimed for $75,000 after winning a one-mile maiden race on turf.

Pletcher starts Brushed Gold, who has won 2 of 4 starts, with both wins coming on turf. She was sixth in the Miss Grillo.