12/29/2003 12:00AM

Icantgoforthat by a nose


ARCADIA, Calif. - Icantgoforthat, helped by an uncontested lead and four scratches, held off a late threat from Polygreen to score her first graded stakes win in Monday's $109,300 Monrovia Handicap at Santa Anita.

Icantgoforthat ($10.80) finished about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:13.07, winning by a nose over Polygreen, who was part of a favored entry at 1-2 with Spring Star, the third-place finisher.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Icantgoforthat set a moderate pace of 22.03 and 44.20 seconds on the hillside portion of the turf course, and turned into the stretch with a lead of 1 1/2 lengths. Polygreen drew alongside Icantgoforthat in the final 50 yards but could not get past.

"When she gets away with an easy half-mile, she's tough to beat," said trainer Steve Knapp, who won his first graded stakes.

Dedication, Dreamers Glory, Honest Answer, and Sweetcakesanshakes were withdrawn on Monday morning. Dedication, the morning-line favorite, was reportedly ill.

Icantgoforthat races for Andy Broberg and Palmer Knapp. A 4-year-old filly, she has won 6 of 25 starts and $392,968.

Steve Knapp said Icantgoforthat will be pointed for the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Jan. 24.

o Greek Sun remained unbeaten after two starts following a come-from-behind victory in the $78,750 Hill Rise Stakes.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Greek Sun ($5.80) rallied wide in the final quarter-mile to score an impressive four-length win over Vikings Bay, a European import.

"At the eighth pole, I switched my whip to the left side, and when I hit him he took off," Solis said. "He has a lot of talent."

Gwaihir, the 6-5 favorite, finished third in the field of six.

Greek Sun finished a mile on turf in 1:37.36. He won a maiden race at Hollywood Park in November.

Greek Sun is owned by Peter Angelos, who owns the Baltimore Orioles, and is trained by Bobby Frankel. Last year, Frankel won the Hill Rise with Peace Rules, one of the top 3-year-olds of 2003.