05/27/2001 11:00PM

No Gourmet Girl, no La Feminn


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Illness and a minor injury will keep two leading contenders from starting in major stakes this weekend at Hollywood Park.

Gourmet Girl, the upset winner of the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park in April, has been coughing in recent weeks and will not start in Sunday's $250,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap over 1 1/16 miles.

La Feminn, who was second in the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 5, will miss Saturday's $100,000 Desert Stormer Handicap over six furlongs. Her trainer, Richard Mandella, said she has been battling foot problems.

The loss of Gourmet Girl and La Feminn will have an impact on the two stakes, which are preps for major races later in the meeting.

Trainer Pico Perdomo said Gourmet Girl will be pointed for the $300,000 Vanity Handicap on June 30.

"She's been coughing and missed two workouts," Perdomo said. "When you're running in a Grade 1, there's no room for error. We want to make the Vanity."

Without Gourmet Girl, the probables for the Grade 1 Milady are Lazy Slusan (119 pounds), Feverish (118), Printemps (118), and Lady Melesi (113).

The $250,000 purse includes $75,000 from the Breeders' Cup. Since Gourmet Girl is not Breeders' Cup eligible, she would have been running for a $175,000 purse, a point that Perdomo said made it easier not to run.

La Feminn will pass the Desert Stormer in favor of the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap over seven furlongs on July 1 because of concerns about the condition of her feet.

"Her feet are a little worn out," Mandella said. "It's one of those things that if I shoe her now, I'll pay for it later."

La Feminn's absence denies the Desert Stormer a rematch between her and Go Go. They met twice at Santa Anita earlier this year, each winning once. Go Go finished a length in front of La Feminn in the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap on Feb. 24, but La Feminn won by a nose in the Irish O'Brien Stakes for California-breds.

Without La Feminn, Go Go is a standout in the Grade 2 Desert Stormer Handicap. The 122-pound highweight, Go Go is expected to face Kalookan Queen (117), Image of Glory (115), Venusberg (113), and Wired to Fly (111).

Tiznow jogging

Tiznow, the 2000 Horse of the Year, has resumed jogging at Santa Anita following a month off for a back strain. Trainer Jay Robbins said Tiznow is jogging 1 1/2 miles daily on the training track.

In late April, Tiznow, who won the Santa Anita Handicap in March, strained the lumbar vertabrae in a workout. He walked for a month at the stable before resuming jogging.