09/06/2004 12:00AM

Live the Dream field full of intriguing possibilities


ARCADIA, Calif. - The $75,000 Live the Dream Handicap at Del Mar on Wednesday is only a supporting race on the final day of the meeting, but the one-mile turf race has a field of top-class horses that could play major roles in the top races of the fall.

Those capable of winning the Live the Dream include Tsigane, third in the Shoemaker Mile in May; The Tin Man, fourth in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf; Lennyfromalibu, the top statebred miler; and recent stakes winners Cayoke and Statement.

The Live the Dream Handicap is the sixth race on a 10-race program that begins with the $75,000 California Equine Retirement Foundation Handicap for fillies and mares over six furlongs.

The deep field in the Live the Dream makes it an intriguing betting race.

, who won the Wickerr Handicap on July 31, and Cayoke, who won the Brubaker Handicap Aug. 20, have stalking styles that could be effective behind expected pacesetters F J's Pace and Glick.

, third in an optional claimer on Aug. 12 in his first start of 2004, will be farther back than Statement and Cayoke. He closed ground in the stretch of his comeback race, and probably is better suited to races beyond a mile.

Trainer Richard Mandella considered the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf on Aug. 29 for The Tin Man, but was not happy with a workout prior to that race.

"He went a little slow and didn't get enough out of it," Mandella said. "That would have been a long way to go if he wasn't ready."

Mandella is using the Live the Dream Handicap as a prep to the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Oct. 3.

is best as a stalker. He won the 2003 California Cup Mile last October, a race that trainer Barry Abrams has as an autumn goal this year.

"He'll run good, but it's a tough place to start," Abrams said. "A mile is his best distance."

In the CERF Handicap, expect an honest pace. Papa to Kinzie, third in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Breeders' Cup Stakes last January, makes her first start since winning an allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita in late February. A front-runner, she worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 on Aug. 28.

Trained by Marty Jones, Papa to Kinzie will be joined on the front by Tizakitty, a game second in an optional claimer on July 23. Those two will be tracked by Jetinto Houston, who won the 2003 Irish O'Brien Stakes at Santa Anita but is winless in her last seven starts, all stakes.