08/10/2001 12:00AM

Lakeside Cup: Thumbs up


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Lakeside Cup is the hot horse with the hot rider, which makes her a very short price Sunday at Arlington in the $60,000-added Eliza Stakes.

The Eliza, for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs on the main track, is a prep for the Top Flight Stakes, which in turn is a prep for the Arlington-Washington Lassie, the signature race for juvenile fillies here.

Caressing, the 2000 2-year-old filly champ, finished second in the Lassie.

The Eliza, the eighth of 10 races, is supported by an excellent allowance race for female dirt routers.

Lakeside Cup trains in Kentucky with the Bernie Flint barn, which has come up with no small number of stakes-quality filly sprinters in the last several years. Lakeside Cup, a Salt Lake filly owned by Dreabon Copeland, already has run in three graded stakes, but has yet to win one. She was third against males this spring in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup, second to the standout filly Cashier's Dream in the Debutante at Churchill, and second two weeks ago at Saratoga in the Grade 2 Schuylerville.

That form, as well as the presence of Robby Albarado aboard, will make her an odds-on favorite in the Eliza.

Albarado, in only his third full week of riding at Arlington, already is poised to move into second place in the rider standings here. With 31 wins, he trailed leading rider Rene Douglas by 19 winners going into Friday's card.

With the Thistledown-based Desert Sage, probably the best 2-year-old filly to run so far at Arlington this summer, waiting for the Top Flight, the challengers are led by a trio of maiden winners, including the Flint-trained Typhoon Bertie, who's not coupled with Lakeside Cup.

Typhoon Bertie won a June 24 maiden race at Churchill by more than two lengths, while Lil' Mary's Kitty was a 14 1/2-length winner of her debut May 8 at Hawthorne and Honest Deceiver ground out a maiden win here July 29. Lil' Mary's Kitty blowout must be taken in context: She beat a modest field in her race and recorded only a modest time.

A race before the Eliza, stakes winner Frankly My Dear heads an overflow field of 11 in a classified allowance race with a $100,000 claiming option.

Frankly My Dear finished third at 9-5 in the July 6 Iowa Oaks, and won an allowance race here last summer by seven lengths for owner Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Stable and trainer Mike Stidham.

Her opponents include Applesolutely, who has shown ability on turf but gets her first shot in a dirt race, for owner Dick Duchossois and trainer Chris Block. Block says Applesolutely trains very well on dirt and believes she can transfer her talent to the main track.