11/09/2004 12:00AM

Iflookscouldkill plenty fast


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A creepy-looking eyeball is not why speedball rarely has company up front.

The reason you can look her in the eye - her right one is cloudy but doesn't affect her sight - for only so long is because she usually is racing her first quarter in 21 and change.

"She's gutty, and she's got the kind of speed where she can outsprint a good sprinter," said trainer Doug O'Neill.

That is not all. After winning four of her last six, it is clear that Iflookscouldkill has an added dimension.

"She also has gameness and can outfinish a good closer," O'Neill said. "It seems like she is getting a little better and a little better."

Iflookscouldkill must continue her improving pattern Thursday at Hollywood Park, where she faces a tough task in race five, the first leg of the pick four. Nine fillies and mares entered the six-furlong allowance for nonwinners of two other-than.

Iflookscouldkill may be the speed of the speed, and even if her cloudy eyeball is a bizarre sight, it has not slowed her down. She seeks her third straight win in a speed-filled race that actually sets up for a closer. Owned by David Lanzman, Iflookscouldkill meets front-runners Resplendency, Tizakitty, and Delizia and a host of pressers and closers whose chances depend on the race falling apart.

Delizia holds the advantage, as she meets tougher while also seeking her third straight. She set a strong pace last time while winning a first-condition allowance and showed in her maiden win one start back that she does not require the lead to deliver her best effort. Drawn in post 8, she should get a pressing trip.

Resplendency has earned the highest Beyer Figure of any horse in the race, a 105 one start back when she won a first-condition allowance. She can win if she reproduces the effort, but there is uncertainty because in four other starts she failed to exceed 82. A series of sharp workouts for trainer Bob Baffert, however, suggests she may simply prefer to run her best race fresh.

The Yellow Sheet looms the opportunist. A closer who was compromised in the Cal Cup Distaff when blocked into the lane, The Yellow Sheet gets a ready-made pace scenario and is racing over a track where she scored a 20-1 upset in her only start. Also running are Alphabet Kisses, Mazella, Awesome Lady, and Madringa.