05/28/2007 11:00PM

McAnally has two imports good to go


McAnally has two imports good to go


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Argentine imports Bien Dulce and Grecian are two promising fillies and mares trained by Ron McAnally.

Grecian has held that role since she arrived from South America in 2005, but has been plagued by injuries. Bien Dulce proved she is a filly to watch with a game third in her U.S. debut at Santa Anita in April.

Both can win allowance races on turf at Hollywood Park on Thursday. Grecian will make her first start since August in a $58,000 allowance race at 1 1/16 miles, the first race. Bien Dulce is a top candidate in the seventh race, a $51,000 allowance at a mile.

Grecian has been rested because of a cracked tibia that did not require surgery, McAnally said. A 6-year-old mare owned by Arnold Zetcher, Grecian has won 4 of 13 starts, but only four of those races have been in the United States. She won her U.S. debut in September 2005 and was third, fifth, and second in subsequent starts.

Grecian should get a good trip on Thursday. The race includes Velvet Moonlite and Sweet Belle, who have shown speed. Grecian can lead, but McAnally says that is not her only style.

"I think some of her South American races were different," McAnally said. In Argentina, Grecian stalked the pace, a style that led to a win in a Group 2 in January 2005.

Dancing General, second in the Fran's Valentine Stakes for California-breds on April 29, will be near the front. Trainer Rafael Becerra considered the $75,000 Yerba Buena Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on June 9, but has opted to run at Hollywood.

"She's got this condition," Becerra said of Thursday's race. "Maybe we can win it and point for another stakes. I think she'll be off the pace and make one run - that's the way she likes to run."

Bien Dulce has made just two starts, winning a maiden race at seven furlongs last August. Owned by Sid and Jenny Craig, Bien Dulce was sent to McAnally to continue her career in allowance races this year. In her U.S. debut going a mile on turf on April 11, she was in trouble early, but recovered to finish third of nine.

Bien Dulce, 4, is an August foal and a 3-year-old on the Southern Hemisphere breeding calendar. McAnally expects improvement from her debut.

"She has a little age disadvantage, but she ran pretty well the first time," McAnally said. "She's kind of a thin filly that doesn't carry a lot of weight."