03/25/2005 1:00AM

June's Prince follows mother's footsteps


ARCADIA, Calif. - Like mother, like son.

Nine years ago, when 2-year-old racing was reinstituted at Santa Anita, the very first two-furlong race was won by Truly June's. On Thursday, her son, June's Prince, kept up the family tradition by capturing his debut in another two-furlong race.

Both Truly June's and June's Prince are trained by Cliff Sise, who said mother and son have many similarities.

"They look a lot alike," said Sise, who trains June's Prince for breeder Ben Warren. "They have the same kind of legs. There's a little tweak here and there. He has long withers, like his mother. They have the same feet - big, flat feet."

Truly June's went on to win the Boo La Boo Stakes at Fairplex Park. Sise said he is hoping that June's Prince, a gelding by Latin American, proves equally precocious. Sise said he was not sure what to expect Thursday, because June's Prince had been inconsistent in his training. He was sent off at 3-5 with stablemate Hemet.

"When we worked him from the pole, he was very quick," Sise said. "But out of the gate, only so-so. The other day, his entrymate outworked him when they popped out of the gate."

Martin Pedroza rode June's Prince, so Pedroza is now 2 for 2 in baby races this meet. Pedroza had his hands full with June's Prince, who lugged in through most of the dash.

"I give a lot of credit to Martin," Sise said.

T H Approval should like distance

T H Approval will be one of the mid-priced horses in the San Luis Rey Stakes on Sunday, but one thing he has going for him is experience at 1 1/2 miles. That is the edge trainer Eduardo Inda hopes makes the difference between winning and losing.

"He loves the distance," Inda said Friday morning. "If everything goes right, he'll go on to the Capistrano." The San Juan Capistrano Handicap, at about 1 3/4 miles, is on April 16.

T H Approval most recently finished third in the San Luis Obispo Handicap, which was rained off the turf and run at 1 1/2 miles on dirt. That was the first time T H Approval had raced on dirt, and Inda said he is not looking to experiment again.

"I had to get a race into him," Inda said. "He ran a good race."

T H Approval won races at 1 1/4 miles and 1 1/2 miles at Hollywood Park last fall.

Dollase leaving for Kentucky

Wally Dollase is winding down his winter operation at Santa Anita and will soon be sending his runners to Churchill Downs, where he will be based until he returns to Santa Anita in the fall. Dollase still has several runners left to race at the meet. On Thursday, he won the featured turf allowance with Overnightsensation, a Bertrando filly who now has 2 wins and 3 seconds in 5 starts.

"Most Bertrandos are free-running, but she's got a good mind," Dollase said. "How far she'll go, we'll find out, but she got a mile and an eighth this time."

Dollase said all his horses will go to Churchill, but he will also keep stalls at Keeneland and ship there to race when that meet begins next month. Dollase already has tabbed the Jenny Wiley Handicap as the next start for Katdogawn, who finished second to Megahertz in last week's Santa Ana Handicap.

Dollase and his wife, Cincy, have bought a house in Louisville, Ky., which is not far from the Shelbyville farm run by their daughter, Michelle.

"Every time I've made a move, I've wondered why, but it's always worked out for the best," Dollase said. "When I sold my farm and came to L.A. it worked out. I'm looking forward to this move. I'm going to have 10 2-year-olds coming in, and they will all be able to train on that Polytrack at Keeneland."

Stakes next for Mazella

Trainer Jay Robbins said he is looking at a return to stakes competition for Mazella, a 4-year-old filly who won an allowance race Wednesday by speeding six furlongs in 1:09.08. Mazella was third in the Las Flores Handicap and second in the Kalookan Queen Handicap earlier this meet.

"She's going to have to go in a stakes at Hollywood Park now," Robbins said at his barn Friday morning. "She's improved quite a bit. Physically, she's filled out, and I think that's why she's running better. She's filled out a lot the last four or five months."

A daughter of Mazel Trick, Mazella has now won three times in 23 starts. She has finished in the money 14 times.

Bet brings morning chuckle

Around 8 a.m. Friday, the unmistakably booming voice of Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita's racing secretary, broadcast the following message over the stable-area loudspeakers: "Paul Assinesi, contact Salim Stoudamire. Thank you."

Seems that Assinesi, a trainer who is an avid basketball fan, owed Hammerle $5, and they decided to go double or nothing on Thursday night's NCAA men's tournament game between Arizona and Oklahoma State. Assinesi picked Oklahoma State, which lost on a last-second shot by Stoudamire.

* Apprentice jockey David Cohen's three-day suspension for careless riding has been amended to begin Wednesday.