10/15/2010 3:01PM

This might be the day for Antares World

Marcel Langevin/Vassar Photography
Antares World, Frank Alvarado up, wins the Golden Poppy.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Antares World has won six races at her home track, Golden Gate Fields, and lost all four starts in Southern California. So why leave home again?

Because when Antares World runs a mile on turf in the Grade 3 Harold C. Ramser Handicap for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Hollywood Park, she might be a slam dunk.

“She shipped well, she is training well, and she should be pretty tough,” trainer Steve Specht said.

Antares World, 6 for 13, faces easier than her previous Southern California starts when she ran fourth to Evening Jewel in the Del Mar Oaks, and second to Harmonious in the American Oaks at Hollywood. Evening Jewel and Harmonious shipped to Kentucky for the Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday at Keeneland.

Their absence makes razor-sharp Antares World the deserving Ramser favorite over co-topweights Go Forth North and Burg Bahn. They enter off subpar efforts, but the most recent start by Antares World was a big win Sept. 23 at Golden Gate over an outstanding field of older fillies and mares that included four stakes winners and winners of 35 races.

Antares World could be facing a softer field Sunday than the older fillies and mares she beat last out. Furthermore, the versatile running style of Antares World gives jockey Frank Alvarado options.

“She likes to be up close,” Specht said. “She’s got natural speed, and if nobody wants the lead, she’ll take it. The way the race sets up, it looks like there are a couple speeds.”

Specht was referring to Grade 1-placed All Due Respect, making her first start on grass, and Crisis of Spirit, who seems best in sprints. If the Ramser unfolds as expected, Antares World figures to tuck into a good position racing third behind the speed.

Go Forth North faced older her last two starts, an eighth-place finish last out in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon, and runner-up by a neck in the Grade 2 Palomar. An improved filly since transferring to trainer A.C. Avila, Go Forth North’s jockey is David Flores.

Burg Bahn, a Group 3 winner in Ireland, finished sixth in the Del Mar Oaks, but has trained extremely well since then for trainer Paddy Gallagher. She is expected to improve second start in the U.S. Corey Nakatani rides.

Other entrants include Conniption, Malibu Pier, Warren’s Jitterbug, Westwood Pride, Timezone, It Tiz, and Pincelada.