06/22/2006 12:00AM

Moscow Burning has the tools


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Moscow Burning is a millionaire, a multiple stakes winner, and proven at longer distances on turf. Those are the ingredients necessary to win races such as Saturday's $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Moscow Burning is the 121-pound topweight and will start favored against eight rivals in the Grade 2 Beverly Hills, run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Owned by Don Van Kampen and trained by Jim Cassidy, Moscow Burning will be seeking her 12th win on Saturday.

Moscow Burning bled from the lungs when third in the Fran's Valentine Stakes here on April 30, but has shown no signs of that problem in five subsequent workouts, Cassidy said. He said she scoped clean after a three-furlong workout at Santa Anita on Wednesday.

"I thought she worked good," Cassidy said. "We're all set."

, 6, has a tactical advantage in the Beverly Hills. She can lead throughout, as she did in the California Cup Distaff Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on turf last fall, or come from the back of the field, as she did in victories earlier this year in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf and the Pro or Con Handicap.

Cassidy said the tactics depend on what Live Life does. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Live Life has been near the pace in her three starts in this country, two of which were wins.

"I don't want to get in a speed duel," Cassidy said.

Drysdale and Bobby Frankel have two starters each. Drysdale starts , who are making their stakes debuts in this country.

Frankel starts Dream Lady and Eternal Melody. Dream Lady was sixth in the Grade 3 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on May 7 and second in the Wishing Well Stakes on May 26. She is trying 1 1/4 miles for the first time.

was second by a nose in the Santa Barbara Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita in April and returned to finish fifth in the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes on May 29.

Sohgol, who will carry 112 pounds, is another potential pacesetter. Trained by Luis Seglin, she won an optional claimer at 1 1/4 miles on turf here on May 28, her first win since arriving from England over the winter.