04/26/2007 11:00PM

Less weighty task for Somethinaboutlaura


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Weight may have caught up with Somethinaboutlaura when she finished third as the 126-pound topweight in the Hillsborough Handicap at Bay Meadows last month.

Whether rival California-bred fillies and mares can catch up with Somethinaboutlaura in Sunday's $150,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes at Hollywood Park is another matter.

A winner of 11 of 23 starts and $632,020, the versatile Somethinaboutlaura, 5, has won stakes on dirt and turf, racing throughout California. Sunday, she will be seeking her 12th win and her first victory in Southern California since the California Cup Matron at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting last fall.

Weight is not a major factor in the B. Thoughtful, which is run under allowance conditions. Somethinaboutlaura and Gn. Group Meeting both carry 122 pounds, two to eight pounds more than the rest in the field.

Somethinaboutlaura's presence in the seven-furlong B. Thoughtful has not scared away many rivals. The race has drawn nine entrants, but Somethinaboutlaura is the mare on which bettors will focus.

"Somethinaboutlaura ran a dull race last time, but she was packing the weight," said trainer Clifford Sise, who starts Gn. Group Meeting. "I think she'll be the horse to beat."

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said he has no regrets about having Somethinaboutlaura carry 126 pounds in the Hillsborough. She led at the eighth pole of that race, but finished three-quarters of a length behind Charm the Giant, who returned to win the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.

"I chose to run with the 126," Hollendorfer said. "Maybe it was a mistake. You could never really say for sure."

The B. Thoughtful will be Somethinaboutlaura's first start in a sprint since a second to Indian Flare in the Kalookan Queen Handicap over 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita in December. Last year, Somethinaboutlaura finished second to Proposed in the B. Thoughtful. Sunday's race will be her first start on a synthetic track.

"I've had her down there for enough time to get her a breeze over the racetrack," Hollendorfer said.

Gn. Group Meeting is proven over the synthetic surface, having won the Cat's Cradle Handicap for state-bred females over 7 1/2 furlongs here last November. Sise is hoping for enough speed to soften the leaders and help Gn. Group Meeting's late rally.

"I need speed," Sise said. "She comes from miles out of it."

Pace should not be a problem. The longshots Bettersweetmoment and Kalookan Dancer are likely to ensure a quick pace.

A pair of 4-year-old fillies - Windy and Getback Time - are each seeking her first stakes win.

Windy, unraced since finishing fourth in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland last October, has drawn the rail in her first start of the year. Windy is trainer Bobby Frankel's lone California-bred, and he warns that she may be short of her best effort.

"She'll probably need a race," Frankel said.

Windy was rested over the winter because "she was off behind a little bit," Frankel said.

Getback Time, who has placed in four stakes, has won her last two starts.