03/09/2006 1:00AM

Kitty Hawk's last makes her a standout


ARCADIA, Calif. - The rally that Kitty Hawk displayed going from sixth to first through the stretch of an allowance race on Jan. 15 will make her the favorite in the $80,000 China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Trained by Patrick Biancone, made up seven lengths through the stretch of that allowance race, her first start since being imported from Europe last fall.

In the China Doll Stakes, run at a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies, she will be expected to duplicate that effort. If she does, she could be headed to more lucrative stakes.

Last August, Kitty Hawk won a maiden race in Ireland but finished 11th in a Group 3 race in France.

"I like her a lot," Biancone said.

Owned by Lewis Lakin, Kitty Hawk drew post 4 in a field of 10.

Kitty Hawk is not a certain starter. Biancone is worried about the weather, saying that a switch from turf to the main track would keep Kitty Hawk in the barn.

"She will not run on the dirt," Biancone said. "She's young. We have lots of time, but I would prefer she runs."

The other entrants with stakes experience include Horse B With You, who was third in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes on the main track on Jan. 7; Shermeen, who was third in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes in England in October; and Golden Silk, who has placed in two stakes.

is making her first start for trainer Nick Hines and Justin and James Carroll. The filly was claimed for $80,000 after she finished third in an optional claimer on the hillside turf course on Feb. 4.

drew post 10 and is likely to start on either surface, trainer Jim Cassidy said. Golden Silk was third in the Grade 2 Oak Leaf Stakes here in October and was promoted from third to second in the Hidden Light Stakes on turf here on Nov. 2. The Hidden Light was Golden Silk's only start on turf.

"Her turf race was good, but I didn't think it moved her up that much," Cassidy said.

When asked if he would mind if the China Doll Stakes was moved to the main track, Cassidy said, "It wouldn't break my heart."