12/08/2009 12:00AM

Maiden filly can provide a belated birthday gift


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Craig Dollase turned 39 on Tuesday, and planned to spend the day celebrating with his wife and two daughters.

He wouldn't mind if the party lasted until Thursday, when Fashion Trend seeks the first win of her career at Hollywood Park. "That would be fun," Dollase said.

Fashion Trend will be favored in Thursday's third race, a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles. The maiden race is the highlight of Thursday's eight-race program at Hollywood Park.

Recently purchased privately by the Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust, Fashion Trend has drawn the outside post in a field of six for her fourth start.

"She's in a good spot," Dollase said.

By Petionville, Fashion Trend has never been worse than third. She was second in a maiden race for sprinters at Fairplex Park in September, third in a one-mile turf race at Santa Anita on Oct. 31, and a fast-closing second, beaten a half-length, in a maiden special weight race over 1 1/16 miles on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park on Nov. 19.

Fashion Trend is adding blinkers for Thursday's race, and will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

Smith will be aboard a filly that seems best suited to racing from off the pace.

Of the other five runners, three in particular seem capable of winning - Ballerina Angel, Crisp, and Empire Spring.

Ballerina Angel was third in a maiden race over six furlongs on Nov. 27, and makes her first start at 1 1/16 miles.

Empire Spring was fourth in a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 22, closing steadily. The winner of that race, The Mailet, returned to win the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park last month.

Crisp was third in a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs here on Nov. 15, closing well through the stretch in her debut. The longer distance will be an advantage, trainer John Sadler said.

"We love her," Sadler said. "She's a big filly and we think she wants to run long. She didn't get away well the first time and finished fast. I think the second time will help her."