01/26/2004 12:00AM

Lotta Kim prevails in Tiffany Lass

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Lotta Kim, Robby Albarado up, wins the $100,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Fair Grounds.

NEW ORLEANS - Dolphus Morrison keeps breeding his broodmares to mid-level stallions and coming up with high-quality racehorses. Here's another one. Lotta Kim overcame a difficult trip and won the $100,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Lotta Kim's winning margin was only three-quarters of a length, but she was pushed in at the start and raced in tight quarters, and jockey Robby Albarado rode her easily to the finish. Moreover, Lotta Kim hadn't started since finishing second Nov. 29 in the Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Add everything up, and Lotta Kim looks like a serious contender for the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 6.

That's where Lotta Kim is headed, but her trainer, Hal Wiggins, must decide whether to run in the Silverbulletday Stakes on Feb. 14.

"I don't like running a horse every three or four weeks, especially a filly," Wiggins said.

That's Wiggins's conservative nature coming out, and, since he already had the filly All Electric for the Tiffany Lass, Wiggins toyed with the idea of bringing Lotta Kim back in an entry-level allowance.

This was the right spot. Papa Sids Girl broke into Lotta Kim, forcing her toward the rail, and Lotta Kim was stuck inside, steadying briefly around the first turn, as Tingwithasting set the pace, 23.21 seconds for the quarter-mile, 46.78 for the half.

Racing from mid-pack, Lotta Kim moved smoothly into contention on the far turn, and when a hole opened two paths off the rail at the top of the stretch, through she went, easily holding off a late run from Josie G. Love Power was a distant third, while favored Stephan's Angel tired to seventh. Lotta Kim was timed in 1:38.88 on a track rated good, and paid $6.80 to win.

Morrison, who bred and privately sold the filly You, continues to get the most from his homebred racehorses. Lotta Kim, by the modest sire Roar, is the second foal from the mare Kim's Blues. Her first was the stakes-winning filly Lotta Rhythm, but this one might be better.

"They should have plans for her," Albarado said. "This is a quality filly."