11/08/2007 12:00AM

Le Cirque tries route again

EmailINGLEWOOD, Calif. - Beau Greely has had two quiet years since Borrego won the Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup in the second half of 2005.

Earlier this week, Greely said his stable may be on the verge of a revival, which can begin on Saturday when Le Cirque starts in the $65,000 Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes at Hollywood Park.

"I've got a lot of nice stock," Greely said. "I've got 30 horses. It's the first time in two years I've had a stable that makes me feel like I can compete on this circuit."

Le Cirque will be making her third start in a stakes in the Kenis, having finished fifth in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap in June and fourth in the Viejas Casino Handicap in August.

Greely says that Le Cirque needs distance, which is why the Kenis, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, is an appealing option.

"When she runs long, she runs well," he said. "I think she has a shot. Hopefully, with a little speed, we can run them down."

Le Cirque was second in an allowance race at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 6, rallying to finish three-quarters of a length behind Mezuzah. She is winless in eight starts since beating maidens here last December, but was disqualified from first to third in an allowance race at Santa Anita in March.

Owned by Robert Breier and Gerald Robins, Le Cirque is one of six 3-year-old fillies in the Kenis, a race that lacks a standout.

The other runners are Model, Tizfiz, and Lavender Sky, the first three finishers of an optional claimer at Santa Anita in September; Big Bertha, second in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Oct. 17; and Hucking Hot, who has not started since finishing second in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Hucking Hot won the Hidden Light Stakes at Santa Anita in October 2006.

Model returned to finish fourth in the Harold Ramser Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 14, a race that trainer Neil Drysdale says was too close to her win on Sept. 27.

"She didn't finish as well," Drysdale said. "We probably brought her back too quickly. We got a little ambitious. She's had a month now."

By Giant's Causeway, Model has won 2 of 4 starts. Aside from the additional time between starts, Drysdale is optimistic that she can handle a longer distance.

"I think she'd be more suited to nine" furlongs, Drysdale said. "I hope."