11/02/2001 12:00AM

Lots of ways to figure Las Palmas


ARCADIA, Calif. - In order for Janet to extend her California win streak to five on Sunday at Santa Anita (the skein includes two Grade 1's) she must defeat one of the deepest filly-mare turf stakes run this year in California.

A field of nine entered the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap, including seven with a legitimate chance in the $250,000 race at 1 1/8 miles. Grade 1 winner Tout Charmant starts as the 121-pound highweight, hoping for better racing luck than her most recent start, while Janet carries 120 pounds.

Golden Apples and Blue Moon enter with sufficient class and upside potential to be considered threats. Together with longshot contenders La Ronge, Cindy's Hero, and front-runner Dancingonice, the Las Palmas offers bettors a variety of choices.

Tout Charmant emerged as one of the premier fillies in the country last fall, but her 2001 campaign was stalled because of stomach surgery. When Tout Charmant returned Sept. 1, she looked fat and needed a prep. Beaten three lengths, the prep served its purpose and Tout Charmant was dead fit for the Winstar Galaxy Oct. 6 at Keeneland.

Luck was not on her side. "They had her surrounded the entire way," said her trainer, Ron McAnally. Despite trouble, Tout Charmant finished fourth, beaten

1 1/2 lengths. Owned by Stonerside Stable, Tout Charmant has trained well since, and enters having won seven races and $1.6 million from 24 starts.

Janet's allowance win in April sent her on her way. She followed by winning a Bay Meadows Grade 3, did nothing in mud at Belmont, then scored a 15-1 upset over Tranquility Lake at Del Mar.

After another New York debacle in which she finished sixth, Janet returned to form for trainer Darrell Vienna by winning the Yellow Ribbon. Now, the question is whether Janet is good enough to beat someone other than Tranquility Lake.

Blue Moon finished second in last fall's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Keeneland, and was purposely laid up afterward by owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Ron Ellis. She returned with an impressive allowance win Sept. 27, and subsequent sharp works suggest the deliberate campaign has paid off. Blue Moon got no help at the draw, however, and breaks from post 8.

Golden Apples, a 3-year-old, is returning from a second-place finish in this year's QEII. Her victory Aug. 18 in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks was one of the most impressive turf wins of the summer. In that race, Golden Apples raced the final furlong in less than 11 seconds to win by a length.