03/11/2008 11:00PM

Inclusive may finally get pace to run at


Because of his late-running style, Inclusive is often at the mercy of the pace. When he runs in Friday's featured seventh race at Santa Anita, he just may get the kind of pace he needs, and over a track that has been more conducive to his style of late.

Just seven were entered in the $57,000 race, a first-level allowance at 1 1/8 miles, but three of the horses could set a contested pace. Bullsbay is coming off a gate-to-wire victory against maidens going 1 1/16 miles, Stella Mark won in similar style against $50,000 claimers going a flat mile, and Buc the Spartan, who is exiting sprints, figures to be forwardly placed going two turns.

"I'm hoping there's a little speed to set it up for him," Ron Ellis, the trainer of Inclusive, said at his Hollywood Park barn on Wednesday morning. "He's been stuck so many times in paceless fields. An inordinate amount of times, he's been in races with slow half-miles. He just lopes along. He needs a little help. The way the track has been playing has been fair."

Inclusive most recently finished second in a similar first-level allowance going 1 1/4 miles on Feb. 1. He defeated maidens two starts before that, in his sixth try, but his first with blinkers. Since blinkers were added, he has a win and a second sandwiched around a poor effort in his first race against winners.

Bullsbay appears to have the most upside in this field, having run just three times. His victory against maidens was his first time around two turns, and followed two excellent sprints.

Stella Mark won his last start in his first race since being claimed by Ted West. This will be the third start of his form cycle following a five-month layoff.

Buc the Spartan was second sprinting in a high-priced claiming race. It is encouraging that he is being protected this time in an allowance race, but he has failed six times in allowance company after defeating maidens in his debut one year ago.

Fado, a Brazilian import, rallied to be fourth in the same race in which Inclusive was second on Feb. 1. This will be only his third U.S. start.

Midnighter is returning to Southern California after racing three times at Golden Gate Fields following his being claimed. In nine starts on synthetic surfaces, he has finished in the money seven times.

Mostacolli Mort ran poorly in his lone previous try on a synthetic surface, at Hollywood Park last May. He has failed as the favorite in his two most recent starts, both first-level allowance races on the turf.