06/12/2001 11:00PM

'Millennium' waits for Swaps


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Millennium Wind, the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes who was 11th in the Kentucky Derby, is not ready for Sunday's $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Two days after watching Millennium Wind breeze, trainer David Hofmans on Wednesday said the colt will wait for the $500,000 Swaps Stakes on July 15.

"I thought he got a little too tired the other day," Hofmans said. "I wanted to see how he came out of it, and he needs more time."

Even without a major stakes winner such as Millennium Wind, the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap, run over 1 1/16 miles, will draw a small field. The probables include Bayou the Moon and Until Sundown, the first two finishers of the Alydar Stakes on May 23; Early Flyer, the winner of the Laz Barrera Stakes on May 28; and Take My Note, the winner of a maiden race. Mr. Joe C. may also start, but would be an outsider.

Last weekend, the Affirmed lost Crafty C.T., the winner of the San Rafael Stakes who finished second to Point Given in the Santa Anita Derby. He was a candidate until he failed to work to trainer Howard Zucker's satisfaction, and he too will be pointed for the Swaps.

Without those major stakes winners, Bayou the Moon, who has won three consecutive races, is the likely favorite. A small field does not bother his trainer, Richard Mandella.

"I wish there were less," he said. "I've never tried a walkover."

Starrer to go two turns

Hofmans will start Starrer in Saturday's $100,000 Princess Stakes over 1 1/16 miles, her first start around two turns. She has one win in six starts in sprints: the Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita on April 16.

"She should not have been a maiden when she won that," Hofmans said. "Last year, she had the makings of a nice filly and she hurt a hind ankle and we gave her time off.

"She acts like she'll run long, but you have to try it. You don't know."

The Princess Stakes is led by Love at Noon, who was second as the favorite in the Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 26.

More bets at Del Mar

Del Mar has added rolling daily doubles and a $1 pick four to its betting menu for the upcoming meeting that starts on July 18.

The two bets are already offered at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita.

The $1 pick four, which has caught on nationwide, will cover the final four races. It has proven to be a popular bet in New York and California in the last year. Pools in California typically reach $100,000 to $150,000 a day.

The rolling daily doubles are significantly less popular. While daily doubles on the first two and last two races often attract more than $100,000 in bets, the daily doubles offered in the middle of the program are often the smallest pools of the day, attracting $25,000 to $30,000 per race.

Landaluce next for Georgia's Storm

Georgia's Storm, the winner of the minor Nursery Stakes last Saturday, is bound for the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes on July 7, the championship for 2-year-old fillies at the meeting.

Trained by Eduardo Inda, Georgia's Storm is owned by Reinaldo Martinez of Hollywood, a boyhood friend of Inda's in Chile.

Georgia's Storm won the Nursery Stakes by three lengths. A California-bred, she is the first stakes winner for her stallion, Illinois Storm.

Greely tries Arlington

Trainer Beau Greely is sending several of his best horses to the Arlington Park meeting next month.

Greely said on Wednesday that Five Star Day, Jig, Raypour, Sligo Bay, and Takarian will ship to Arlington.

Of those, Sligo Bay is the most prominent, having won the Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 20. Five Star Day, who won the Grade 3 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Handicap last October at Keeneland but was last of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, will use Arlington as a base but is being pointed for the $200,000 Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 5, Greely said.

Greely said that Raypour and Takarian will start in the American Handicap at Hollywood Park before leaving California.

* Separata, who finished fifth as the 3-10 favorite in the Great Lady M Handicap last Sunday, bled in the race and is being rested, Mandella said. Separata broke through the gate before the start and dueled with Fair Apache before fading in the stretch. Mandella said the 5-year-old Separata would be pointed to the Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita in late September.

* Cindy's Hero, the winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes last October, has resumed training, Hofmans said. A 3-year-old filly, Cindy's Hero is being pointed for the Del Mar meeting, but may have a prep race before Hollywood Park ends on July 16.