05/21/2003 12:00AM

Little Treasure appears a nice fit


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Little Treasure, whose biggest career win was at one mile last year in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar, could be coming into a peak race Monday for the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star Park.

The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares, which is one of seven stakes races on the card, will be her third start following a five-month layoff.

"I think it's a good spot for her," said Laura de Seroux, who trains Little Treasure. "The mile is her best distance, and I think the turf course will suit her. She likes a firm turf."

Little Treasure is weighted at 117 pounds for the WinStar, one pound below Bien Nicole, the likely starting highweight. Others expected for the race are Magic Mission, 116; Sentimental Value, 116; Cherylville Slew, 115; Eagle Lake, 114; and Adalgisa, 113.

Garden in the Rain, weighted at 116, is possible. In her last start, she finished fifth in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap.

"We're nominated in three different spots," said trainer Jeff Mullins, who was waiting Wednesday to look over past performances before deciding whether to run in the WinStar.

Mullins trains Garden in the Rain for owner Richard Englander.

Little Treasure caught good turf in her comeback race April 5, when she set the pace then finished fourth, beaten a half-length, in the $75,000 Miss America at Bay Meadows.

Following that race, she finished seventh after pushing the pace in the Grade 3, $100,000 Wilshire at Hollywood Park April 27. That turf race went in a blazing 1:33.62 for one mile.

Little Treasure, a winner of 6 of 12 starts, will be ridden by Shane Sellers.

The other turf races on the Lone Star Million Day card are the $200,000 USA Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint.

Parrott Bay could try Calder

Parrott Bay, who has been among the 10 probables for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap Monday, could instead run at Calder in the Grade 3, $100,000 Memorial Day Handicap.

Trainer Ken Hoffman said he plans to make a decision Friday.

"He's second highweight at Calder," said Hoffman, who is based in Florida. "I'm leaning towards staying here, but I'm definitely not out yet."

Parrott Bay appears to be nearing a top effort. He finished second in the $150,000 Gulf Coast Handicap at Delta Downs March 23, then shipped to Hawthorne and finished third by a neck in the Grade 3, $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap on April 19.

"The horse is doing awful good," Hoffman said. "He's getting better all the time."

Bluesthestandard is the 120-pound starting highweight for the Lone Star Park Handicap. He came out of a Tuesday workout perfect after going six furlongs in 1:12, according to trainer Ted H. West.

Sprint for See How She Runs

See How She Runs, who finished second behind quality sprinter Roxelana in a six-furlong allowance race at Oaklawn two races ago, will return to that distance Monday in the $100,000 Valid Expectations.

See How She Runs's biggest wins have come around two turns, in the Grade 1 Selene at Woodbine and the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn, but she is a two-time winner at six furlongs.

"I think she can sprint, and do it quite well," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains See How She Runs for owner Pin Oak Stable. "I thought probably her best race this year was at six furlongs [against Roxelana]. We just hooked a tiger that day."

Others expected for the Valid Expectations include Distinctive Code, to be ridden by Sellers, Southern Tour, Raymond's Dream, and possibly Taylor's Queen.

Allowance draws tough mares

A handful of fillies and mares nominated to the WinStar have been entered in the Friday night feature, a turf allowance race at 1 1/16 miles.

Naturally Wild, claimed for $80,000 from her last start by Coast to Coast Racing Fund, is one of the leading contenders. Since finishing third in that Santa Anita race, the stakes-placed mare has worked well at Lone Star for new trainer Bret Calhoun.

Group 2 winner Distant Valley is another notable entrant.

* There was rain here Tuesday and Wednesday, but no precipitation is forecast for the remainder of the week. Monday's forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 85 degrees.