04/23/2004 11:00PM

Illness over, Yearly Report romps in Melair


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Yearly Report returned from a three-month break to score her second stakes win the $200,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies.

Owned by Golden Eagle Farm and trained by Bob Baffert, Yearly Report was making her first start since winning the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita in January. She had been sidelined in late winter and early spring because of illness.

"It seemed like every time a race would come up, she had a cold," said Betty Mabee, who owns Golden Eagle Farm. "But she's back, big-time."

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Yearly Report ran 1 1-16 miles in 1:41.70, setting a stakes record. Three other stakes records were set on Saturday's California Gold Rush program for state-breds at Hollywood Park.

Yearly Report ($2.20) finished four lengths in front of stablemate Western Hemisphere.

Yearly Report stalked pacesetter Iza Legend to the end of the backstretch before taking the lead along the rail. She was not threatened late. Western Hemisphere closed from fifth to finish second, 5 1-2 lengths clear of Nicole and Ben.

The entry was the subject of several massive show bets. Of the $1,002,920 bet to show, $972,590 was placed on the entry. There was a minus show pool of $180,008.

Yearly Report has won 3 of 4 starts and $258,400. Her only loss was a second to Kentucky Oaks hopeful Silent Sighs in the filly's division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita in December.

*Beau Soleil survived a wicked speed duel to win his first stakes in the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Beau Soleil ($3.80) finished 7 1-2 furlongs in 1:27.52, a stakes record in the second running of the race.

Beau Soleil battled with Excessivepleasure and Green Team through early fractions of 22.22 and 44.05 seconds before pulling away in the final furlong to win by two lengths over Excessivepleasure.

"They were breathing fire on us," said winning trainer Jeff Mullins. "I was a little worried when they were all lining up on the lead."

Ride and Shine rallied from last in the field of nine to finish third. Green Team faded to sixth.

Beau Soleil has won 5 of 11 starts and $275,200 for owner Robert Bone and Earle Mack. The Tiznow Stakes was the 4-year-old colt's stakes debut.

Excessivepleasure was making his first start since finishing third in the Godolphin Mile in Dubai on March 27.

*Black Bart, an invader from Turf Paradise, won the $150,000 Khaled Stakes, leading throughout under jockey Sandi Gann.

Black Bart ($15.80) held off a stubborn challenge from Lennyfromalibu and Continental Red to win by a half-length. Lennyfromalibu and Continental Red finished in a dead-heat for third in the field of seven.

The victory marked the richest career win for owner Thomas Metzger, Sr. and trainer Troy Bainum.

"I was hoping we'd be second or third," Metzger said.

Black Bart set fractions of 24.54 and 48.81 seconds, leading by at least a length on the backstretch. In the final three furlongs, Black Bart was only a head in front of Lennyfromalibu before pulling away late.

Black Bart has won 7 of 26 starts and $246,580. He has won 5 of 6 starts since eing claimed last December.

The victory was Gann's first at Hollywood Park. She was out of racing for three years after suffering a severe neck injury.

*Royally Chosen set a stakes record in the $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes for fillies and mares. Holding off the late challenge from Summer Wind Dancer, Royally Chosen finished seven furlongs in 1:21.43. The previous mark of 1:21.49 was set by Censored in 1999.

Royally Chosen ($11.40) was supplemented to the B. Thoughtful stakes for $3,000. Breaking from the rail, she stalked pacesetter Grant Marty a Wish to the final furlong before taking the lead. Summer Wind Dancer rallied from eighth in the final three furlongs but missed by a head. Tucked Away finished third in the field of eight.

Royally Chosen is trained by Bruce Headley and races for a partnership. The B. Thoughtful was her first stakes win since California Cup Matron last November.

*Moscow Burning, who was racing in $12,500 claimers last summer on the Northern California fairs, won her second major stakes for state-breds in the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for fillies and mares.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Moscow Burning ($7.60) ran 1 1-16 miles on turf in 1:39.34, finishing 2 1-2 lengths in front of Super High. Sweet Frippery finished third.

Valentine Dancer, the 7-5 favorite, was never a factor and finished sixth in the field of seven. Valentine Dancer was well-placed on the final turn, but failed to rally.

Moscow Burning races for a partnership and is trained by Jim Cassidy. Claimed for $25,000 last August at Del Mar, Moscow Burning won the California Cup Distance Handicap at Santa Anita last November.

She was fifth in the Grade 2 Orchid Handicap at Gulfstream Park last month. "My concern was that the Florida trip knocked her pretty good," Cassidy said. "But she's a pro."