03/20/2002 1:00AM

Miz Kool, claimer and contender


ALBANY, Calif. - An argument could be made that the horse of this Golden Gate meeting will be on display in Friday's feature race.

If Miz Kool isn't the horse of the meet, she's at least the leading claimer, with five wins in five, starting with a win for a $6,250 claiming tag on Nov. 9. On Friday, she will have a tough test in a field of seven older fillies and mares going six furlongs in an allowance race.

Trainer Bill Delia hopes the combination of her sharpness and love for the Golden Gate main track will lead to a victory.

"She had a nice [three-furlong] blowout of 35 [seconds] flat Tuesday, and did it easy," said Delia.

After winning her first two starts of the meeting for $6,250, Miz Kool was moved up to the $8,000 claiming level. After winning that race, she ran and won for $12,500 and was claimed by trainer Brent Sumja.

Sumja ran her back for $20,000 and turned a fast profit for his owners as Miz Kool won the race and was claimed back by Delia.

"My owners [Ray Luzaich and Ricky Page] had to have her back," Delia said. "I wanted her back, too. We know she's a nice filly. She's been awfully good to us."

Miz Kool developed leg problems last spring and summer that continued into the fall.

"I think she was slipping on the other tracks, and her legs really blew up," Delia said.

Delia worked on her legs, particularly with ice, trying to solve the problems. But Delia thinks the move to the Golden Gate Fields track, which was tighter at the time, also helped to stabilize her legs.

"She's been on the improve since we got her leg problems straightened out," he said.

Miz Kool has won 6 of 14 lifetime starts, earning $42,995.

Be Nice and Brass Support, a Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry, will likely be favored. Milagra, meeting winners after a five-length maiden victory, and Power to Burn, who has hit the board in six straight starts, may also get some support. Sister Adiba and Be Like Mom round out the field.

Soviet Problem nominees

Twelve older fillies and mares, including Bullish Miss and Collect Call, have been nominated for Saturday's $55,000-added Soviet Problem Handicap.

Before a ninth-place finish down the hillside turf course at Santa Anita, Bullish Miss ran second to Above Perfection and Hall of Gold in stakes sprints at Golden Gate Fields.

Collect Call, third in the Kentucky Oaks last year, has not run since winning the British Columbia Oaks at Hastings last September.

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