06/10/2005 12:00AM

Memorette no lock

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Memorette, with assistant Ignacio Correa in Kentucky, seems to like the Hollywood surface.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A class drop and surface change benefit Memorette, the only 3-year-old filly running Sunday at Hollywood Park with established form in graded stakes.

So why isn't Grade 1-placed Memorette - dropping from the Kentucky Oaks - a standout in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks? One reason is she is best as a closing sprinter, and the Oaks is at 1 1/16 miles. Another reason is the presence of Leave Me Alone, whose smashing win in the $200,000 Melair Stakes on April 24 stamped her as a rising star.

and five others in the $175,000-added Hollywood Oaks. The race for 3-year-old fillies includes Brooke's Halo, the probable pacesetter, along with Charismatic Heart, Gn. Group Meeting, Lady Bertrando, and claimer Silver Dawn.

Leave Me Alone was running long for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Melair. She handled it like a pro and won by four. "We were concerned about two turns," trainer Eric Kruljac said.

While the filly's biomechanics suggested the distance was fine, Kruljac said, he was worried about "her being on the muscle, and into the bit."

Leave Me Alone relaxed in third under Tyler Baze, kicked to the lead on the backstretch, and ran away from the field. The win was Leave Me Alone's third from five starts, and since then, Kruljac said, she is "training awesome."

"She should be better than ever," he said.

Perhaps the only knock on Leave Me Alone is that her career-high Beyer is a mere 91, some 10 points below the Oaks par.

The top three Oaks entrants are California-breds, and trainer Doug O'Neill believes his

Cal-bred Cee's Irish will improve after being drilled by Leave Me Alone in the Melair. "I ran her back quick and she was tired," O'Neill said, referring to Cee's Irish's three-week span between starts. "Now she's had proper spacing" - seven weeks.

Cee's Irish has won 4 of 10.

Memorette was far back in the Kentucky Oaks and Ashland Stakes, but trainer Bill Currin said she did not handle either track - Churchill Downs or Keeneland. Since returning to Hollywood, she has trained super, including a bullet work May 29.

The flaw regarding Memorette is her one-run style. Her best two-turn efforts have come when she rallied from behind slow fractions, characteristic of a late-running sprinter.