04/30/2008 12:00AM

Mr Napper Tandy in better position


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - For the second consecutive week, Mr Napper Tandy has been entered in the feature race at Hollywood Park on Saturday. This weekend, he is an intended runner in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Last Saturday, trainer Jack Carava took a look at the field for the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and decided that Mr Napper Tandy was staying in the barn.

"He was 30-1 and it looked like he couldn't win the race," Carava said. "This looks like a much easier spot. He fits with these kinds of horses. I don't think he'll be 30-1."

Owned by La Canada Stables, Mr Nappy Tandy has run well on synthetic tracks and turf in recent months. He is part of a nine-horse Inglewood field that includes El Roblar, a two-time stakes winner in the last three years, and Storm Military, who beat Mr Napper Tandy by three lengths in the Thunder Road Handicap.

Both Storm Military and Mr Napper Tandy started in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Handicap at a mile on turf at Santa Anita on March 1, but neither ran well. Storm Military finished fourth, while Mr Napper Tandy was sixth.

Mr Napper Tandy returned to score a one-length win in an optional claimer on the synthetic main track at Santa Anita on March 23, a victory that boosted Carava's confidence in the 4-year-old British-bred colt.

Carava said he would like to keep Mr Napper Tandy racing on the synthetic main track.

But Mr Napper Tandy is proven on turf in this country. He won an optional claimer on turf at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting last fall and was second by a length in the Grade 3 Sir Beaufort Stakes on Dec. 26. The winner of that race, Monterey Jazz, has since won two stakes, including the Grade 2 Strub Stakes.

Dilemma draws rail for turf mile

Dilemma, the winner of the Sunny Slope Stakes at 2 in 2006, will attempt to win his second consecutive start of the year in a $61,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on Friday.

Trained by Paddy Gallagher, Dilemma has drawn the rail in a field of nine that includes Knockout Artist, the winner of a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar last summer. Knockout Artist has not started since finishing fifth in the Bay Meadows Derby last September.

The eight-race program begins at 1:20 p.m., a rare Friday afternoon card at Hollywood Park.

Bel Air Sizzle - back quick again?

Bel Air Sizzle, who won two races last week, including Sunday's $200,000 Melair Stakes via disqualification, is getting a week off. But only one.

Trainer Barry Abams is tentatively planning to run Bel Air Sizzle in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes at a mile on turf on May 10.

Abrams qualified his plans, saying that Bel Air Sizzle must train well in coming days.

"The race didn't take that much out of her," he said of the Melair. "She ran great. The Senorita looks good. If she's not 100 percent, I won't run her. She's been good the last two days."

Bel Air Sizzle won an allowance race on April 24. She finished second to Gambler's Justice in the Melair and was promoted to first when Gambler's Justice was disqualified and placed third for causing interference in the stretch.

Bel Air Sizzle was not an intended runner in the Melair. The Abrams stable had intended to enter Lethal Heat, but through confusion in the racing office or a mistake by Abrams, Bel Air Sizzle was entered.

Bel Air Sizzle has won 4 of 9 starts and $259,940.