04/14/2005 11:00PM

Katdogawn facing a toughie

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Katdogawn will not have an easy assignment in the Jenny Wiley.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Try as he might, Wally Dollase can't escape the shadow of Bobby Frankel.

Dollase recently moved his entire 30-horse stable to Kentucky from his longtime Southern California base, but when Katdogawn represents Dollase in the Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday, the mare will have a very rough assignment facing Intercontinental, who only this week was shipped from California for Frankel.

has a record of 18 in-the-money finishes from 26 starts and a $634,325 career bankroll, but all that Intercontinental (8 wins from 15 starts, $781,263) did in her latest start was win the Grade 1 Matriarch.

"That figures, that Bobby would be here with something like that," Dollase said with feigned exasperation. "It really figures."

Dollase is hoping that a layoff of nearly five months for Intercontinental will make her vulnerable in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley, a Grade 3 race at 1 1/16 miles on turf. But his many years of bucking heads with Frankel in California also tell Dollase that his Hall of Fame counterpart typically has his horses ready to roll, regardless of down time, and Katdogawn will have to run exceptionally well to prevail.

"My mare is just so consistent," said Dollase, who trains Katdogawn for Jim Ford Inc. and John Cuchna. "She has her limits, and obviously I wish she didn't have to run against one of the best mares in the country," Dollase said. "But this mare tries extremely hard. She gives you everything she has."

Katdogawn, with Corey Nakatani to ride, drew post 7 in a field of nine fillies and mares entered in the Jenny Wiley, which goes as the eighth of nine Sunday races.

Intercontinental, with Jerry Bailey up, will start from post 2. Bred and owned by the Juddmonte Farms, Intercontinental began her career in France before shipping Stateside, where she has won 4 of 6 starts, culminating with her two-length triumph in the Nov. 28 Matriarch at Hollywood Park.

Other legitimate challengers in the 17th Jenny Wiley include , winner of the Grade 3 Valley View here last fall; and High Court, the beaten favorite in the The Very One last month at Gulfstream Park.

The rest of the field is Jacqui's Promise, Sister Star, Delta Princess, and My Dear Lady.

Three allowances (races 6, 7, 9) accompany the Jenny Wiley on a program that starts at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.