11/02/2006 12:00AM

Liquidity takes another step


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The goal that Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill set for Liquidity this fall has been reached. He is in a 2-year-old stakes on Saturday.

They had hoped Liquidity could start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. They are settling for the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Liquidity scored a flashy maiden win on Sept. 27 at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in his career debut and was ambitiously tried in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 14. He finished ninth after racing near the lead for the first half-mile.

"We knew it was a tall order, but he had just won impressively and we wanted to find out if he was a Breeders' Cup type," O'Neill said. "He's a quality colt with a bright future."

Reddam and O'Neill are hoping that Liquidity can still make it to Churchill Downs next May, but the Tiznow colt must prove his ability in longer races. The Real Quiet Stakes is run over 1 1/16 miles and is an ideal place to try an inexperienced horse around two turns for the first time.

"He's training great and he's held his weight," O'Neill said. "He's got the pedigree and the body and he's sound."

The Real Quiet Stakes is part of a program that begins at 10:30 a.m. Pacific.

Liquidity is likely to be near the front and may have company there. Baltimore Drive, a maiden winner at Saratoga in August, has shown speed in two starts. He finished fifth in an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields in his California debut on Sept. 29. Trained by Christopher Paasch, Baltimore Drive is making his first start beyond six furlongs.

Baltimore Drive wore blinkers in his last start, but will not wear them in this race after setting a half-mile fraction of 43.73 seconds in his Golden Gate loss.

Another Real Quiet entrant with graded stakes experience is Roman Commander, who finished fifth in the Norfolk Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 8.

The first two finishers of that race, Stormello and Principle Secret, are entered in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Roman Commander is already a stakes winner. Trained by Gary Stute, Roman Commander won the Barretts Juvenile Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs at Fairplex Park on Sept. 17, his only victory in six career starts.