11/14/2001 12:00AM

Olympic Light returns from layoff


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - First it was Silver Ending, then Olympic Charmer. Might Olympic Light be the next top runner that Ron McAnally trains for his wife, Debbie?

Olympic Light has displayed plenty of promise in a career that has been punctuated by encouraging performances and lengthy layoffs. He has started twice, with a 4 1/2-month gap between those starts, and returns on Friday night at Hollywood Park for the first time in more than six months.

If he comes back as good as he left, Olympic Light will prove a formidable foe. He romped to a five-length victory against maidens here in May after losing narrowly in his debut at Santa Anita in January.

Olympic Light has several hurdles in Friday night's feature race, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint on turf. In addition to the layoff, he will be racing on grass for the first time. He drew the outside post in a field of nine. Laffit Pincay Jr. rides Olympic Light for the first time, replacing Chris McCarron, who is not riding here Friday night.

Friday's feature is the sixth race on an eight-race card that begins at 7 p.m. This is the second and final Friday evening program during the fall meeting. Next Friday's card will begin at the usual 12:30 p.m.

The McAnallys have had great success with the relatively few horses they have owned. Silver Ending, a $1,500 yearling buy, turned out to be one of the best 3-year-olds of the Kentucky Derby class of 1990. He won that year's Arkansas Derby before finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby for the McAnallys and co-owners Angelo and Beth Costanza.

Olympic Charmer's biggest victory came in the 1999 Railbird Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park.

Olympic Light, a full brother to Olympic Charmer, was bred by the McAnallys.

Olympic Light's two primary challengers are both coming off excellent efforts in downhill turf sprints during Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

Ex Federali lost by a head in a similar entry-level allowance race on Oct. 27. He owns two victories. Because one of them was an allowance win over California-breds, he is still eligible to this open first-level allowance condition. He has never finished out of the money in nine lifetime starts.

Revenescent was a 19-1 upset winner against maidens on Oct. 21. He had been a disappointment prior to that, losing his first two starts by a combined 29 lengths, but the son of Mr. Prospector finally ran to his pedigree for trainer Bobby Frankel.

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