02/12/2004 1:00AM

Lightly raced rivals may test Baldomera


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Baldomera, a graded stakes-placed runner, holds an experience edge over six rivals in Saturday's $75,000-added Dearly Precious at Aqueduct, but her less seasoned competitors can't be dismissed too quickly, particularly Bohemian Lady and Among My Souvenirs.

, unlike Bohemian Lady and Among My Souvenirs, was slow to find her way to the winner's circle. In her sixth start, Baldomera won a maiden race by 11 lengths at Philadelphia Park for trainer Guadalupe Preciado. She won two of her next three starts, including the Ruthless Stakes here Jan. 4, and was second in the Grade 3 Valley Stream in November.

Baldomera, who will be ridden by Tony Black, is a closer. She drew post 2 and carries high weight of 122 pounds in the Dearly Precious, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies.

won her career debut by 4 1/2 lengths Dec. 20 and, four weeks later, won an allowance race by two lengths. For both of her wins, Bohemian Lady earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 84, which betters each of her rivals in the Dearly Precious.

Seth Benzel, an assistant to Bohemian Lady's trainer, Todd Pletcher, said the Bohemian Lady has come to hand in the past couple of months.

"I had her with me at Saratoga over the summer, and she wasn't ready right off the bat," Benzel said. "She was a filly at first that didn't impress but got better as we worked with her. The patience has really paid off."

Bohemian Lady, who drew post 3, will likely stalk the early leaders. Richard Migliore rides Bohemian Lady, replacing Javier Castellano, who is out of town Saturday.

Among My Souvenirs is trained by Tony Dutrow and owned by Peter Angelos, the Baltimore Orioles' chairman and chief executive. She won a small stakes at Laurel Park by a head in her last start, on Jan. 3. In her career debut, Among My Souvenirs romped to a 4 1/2-length win in a maiden race Dec. 11.

Pro Occident, a New York-bred filly, makes her first start in open company. Pro Occident hasn't run since Nov. 30, when she won an allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths over the Ruthless runner-up, High Peaks.

To the Alamo and Wild Cee are the likely pacesetters. To the Alamo won her last two starts on the lead at Philadelphia Park. Wild Cee makes her second start after destroying a field of New York-bred maidens on Jan. 25. Lightning Trick, a maiden, completes the field.