11/12/2002 1:00AM

Long Term Wish reappears


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - She was one of the most impressive winners of an early 2-year-old race back in March, and then, just as quickly as she had won, she was gone. Long Term Wish won first time out going two furlongs at Santa Anita despite a poor start, but sore shins have kept her on the sidelines ever since.

The wait is now over. Long Term Wish returns to action in Thursday's featured seventh race at Hollywood Park, a six-furlong, first-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies. Her trainer, Caesar Dominguez, said Long Term Wish is cranked up and ready to go.

"She's doing great. She's working like a good, good horse," Dominguez said Tuesday morning. "She showed a lot of class earlier. Being by Souvenir Copy, she probably wants more distance than two furlongs. She's training great. She will fire."

Long Term Wish has a strong foundation for her return. Two of her last three workouts have been at seven furlongs.

Five rivals will face Long Term Wish. The most accomplished is Ionia, who most recently finished third in the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 20. She also dead-heated for second in the Barretts Juvenile on Sept. 21.

Ava Darling was a three-length winner, at 35-1, in her second start on Oct. 26 at Santa Anita. She showed improved speed in that race, and adds pace to a race that should be lively from the start.

Also possessing sharp speed is Himalayan, who ran away from claimers for a front-running victory on Oct. 9. She was a maiden winner at this track during the spring meet.

Honest Answer has lost three straight since a maiden win, but benefits by dropping into an easier spot after racing in the Anoakia.

Flying Capote was second in an entry level allowance at Fairplex in her last start.

A healthier Tizbud returns

Also of interest on Thursday's card is the return of Tizbud, the 3-year-old full brother to Tiznow and Budroyale who is winless after two starts. In Thursday's fourth race, for maidens at 1 1/16 miles, Tizbud makes his first start since finishing fifth in a one-mile race at Del Mar on July 31.

"He got the Del Mar crud," said trainer John Sadler, referring to respiratory troubles that frequently fell horses during Del Mar's meeting. "Then at Oak Tree, he spiked a temperature. He fought through that sickness. I entered him in a couple of Cal-bred races, but they didn't fill.

"We were disappointed with his second race, but he's doing great now."

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