Updated on 09/16/2011 7:44AM

If the old Go Go gets going...

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Through most of her career, Go Go would be a standout in a race such as Sunday's $75,000 Great Lady M. Handicap at Hollywood Park and difficult to oppose as a short-priced favorite.

But this year, Go Go has not shown the consistency of past seasons. A 5-year-old, Go Go finished a tired fourth in the B. Thoughtful Stakes on April 28, her 2002 debut. In the Grade 3 Desert Stormer Handicap on June 7, she bled from the lungs, finishing last in the sprint for fillies and mares.

On Sunday, Go Go will be favored in the Great Lady M., which is run over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Based on her record of five wins in seven starts last year, trainer Warren Stute predicts a victory. Based on her start in the Desert Stormer, his comments are less optimistic.

"If she runs like she can, she should win," Stute said.

"There's a question of whether we can keep her from bleeding," he said. "That was her problem when she was 2, but eventually we got it under control."

Stute said Go Go has not bled during exercise since the Desert Stormer.

"I was kind of surprised she bled," Stute said. "She hasn't bled since. Of course, we gave her Lasix to work her."

A winner of eight of 17 starts and $556,280, Go Go has accomplished far more than her seven rivals on Sunday. Warren's Whistle - third in the B. Thoughtful, and fourth in the Desert Stormer - has earned $458,454, but has needed 33 starts to do it.

Go Go is the 122-pound highweight and will be ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, who was not aboard for the Desert Stormer because of travel commitments.

Delahoussaye typically rides Go Go from a stalking position urges her into contention three furlongs out. The tactics worked last year in five stakes, including the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap on dirt and Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap on turf.

In the Great Lady M., Go Go could lead. The race is void of committed front-runners, which could give Go Go or the longshot Margarita Midnight an early advantage.

They will be closely tracked by Dyna's Club, who finished a game third in the Mamzelle Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2, her first start of 2002. Last year, Dyna's Club won two allowance races, including one over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. Dyna's Club could be in the perfect spot if Go Go is not at her best on Sunday.