04/19/2006 12:00AM

Only one horse in off a win


ARCADIA, Calif. - Stanton has been an erratic performer in his 11-race career. Trained by Richard Mandella, he has been a disappointment when expected to run well, and has run well at times as a longshot.

Timias, who is by Seeking the Gold, had 1 victory in 6 starts in France, an allowance race at about 1 1/4 miles at Chantilly last August. He has not started since finishing fourth in an allowance race last September. Timias is now trained by Ben Cecil.

Friday at Santa Anita, line up alongside one another in a $58,000 allowance race at a mile on turf. The allowance is the seventh race on an eight-race program which begins at 3 p.m.

Questions surrounding the form of Stanton and Timias have left Mandella and Cecil unsure of what to expect Friday.

The first-level allowance race has drawn 10 runners, including Fremont, who was second at this level on April 1, and Evrybdyluvsdaheat, who won an optional claimer for statebreds at a mile on turf on March 22.

was 15-1 when he beat maidens in a one-mile turf race on March 17 and was 11-1 on April 1. He will not be that high of a price on Friday.

Evrybdyluvsdaheat, who has won 2 of 3 starts on turf, is the only horse in the field coming off a win.

Stanton finished third behind Fremont, the first time he had finished in the first three since winning a maiden race at Del Mar last August.

Mandella says that Stanton has been better behaved lately, but he is unsure what to project for Friday's race. "He's a strange horse to get along with," Mandella said.

Two other contenders are Brooklime and Think Tank.

Brooklime, who won a $62,500 claimer at a mile on turf at Hollywood Park last May, makes his first start since finishing third in an optional claimer last June. He is trained by Tim Yakteen.

Think Tank finished second in a $40,000 claimer on March 24, the day he was taken by trainer Jack Carava. Think Tank won a $50,000 claimer here in February.