11/09/2001 12:00AM

Paasch duo to attack two more stakes


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - With little fanfare, trainer Christopher Paasch achieved a milestone last month when Roman Dancer and Ponche de Leona won stakes on consecutive days at Santa Anita.

The occasion was overshadowed by the presence of the Breeders' Cup a week later and the minor stature of the stakes the

pair won - Roman Dancer won the Sunny Slope Stakes and Ponche de Leona the Anoakia.

Next weekend, Roman Dancer starts in Saturday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs, while Ponche de Leona runs the following day in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes. Another stakes sweep would not go unnoticed.

Should either win, or finish well, the results would justify a start in the Hollywood Futurity and Hollywood Starlet in mid-December.

These races are much tougher. The Prevue is expected to include Heavyweight Champ, who was third in the Champagne Stakes, as well as El Nuki and Popular.

Roman Dancer impressed Paasch with the way he rated behind the pace in the Sunny Slope. He will need to do so again to earn a trip to the Futurity, which is expected to feature Grade 1 winners Came Home, Officer, and Siphonic.

"I'd consider the Futurity if he showed me he can rate," Paasch said. "He did that the other day and he surprised me. He's usually one of the horses that, when the gates open, he's two in front."

Ponche de Leona, bought privately in Florida in late September, won her first stakes in the Anoakia. She won three claiming races at Calder in July and September.

"I'm anxious to try her long," Paasch said. "I think she's pretty far along mentally for a 2-year-old."

Paasch has two other leading horses on the bench that are expected to return in late winter at Santa Anita. Collect Call, third in the Kentucky Oaks, is scheduled to return from a break in coming weeks.

Kamsack, who finished second to Officer in the Del Mar Futurity back when that mattered, recently underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from a knee.

'Tali' goes next in Starlet

Tali'sluckybusride, unraced since winning the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes in late September, will miss the Miesque Stakes on Nov. 23. She is pointed instead to the Hollywood Starlet, trainer Alfredo Marquez said.

Tali'sluckybusride recently missed a few days of training because of a cough, Marquez said, but has rebounded in recent weeks.

"She was very tired and she coughed on me, but I think it was because of that big effort," Marquez said.

Owned by Ron and Susie Anson, Tali'sluckybusride was not considered for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies because she was not nominated and would have had to have been supplemented. The Miesque and Starlet were considered, but the Miesque, run on turf, is too soon. "We'll try the turf later on," Marquez said.

Freedom Crest gets a month off Freedom Crest, who won the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap in October in an upset, has been given a one-month vacation following his last-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.

According to majority owner Calvin Nguyen, the vacation is a first for the 5-year-old Freedom Crest since he was claimed in the summer of 1999 for $32,000.

"He hasn't left the barn since we got him," Nguyen said. "We'll have him back at the beginning of the year."

Trained by Richard Baltas, Freedom Crest won 2 of 6 starts and $440,000 in 2001. Last January, he won his first stakes in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap.

Baltas and Nguyen said the major stakes of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting are Freedom Crest's early goals for 2002.

Spain works

Spain, who finished second in the Breeders' Cup Distaff to Unbridled Elaine, worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Friday at Santa Anita.

Spain is expected to make one more start this year, in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on Dec. 15. Spain's connections - owner Ahmed Salman's Thoroughbred Corp. and trainer D. Wayne Lukas - have won the Bayakoa Handicap before. In 1997, Sharp Cat won the race in a walkover after two fillies were withdrawn on the morning of the race.

* Bowman Mill, who finished second in the Japan Racing Association Stakes at Laurel in his most recent start on Oct. 20, is scheduled to arrive in California on Monday for a start in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 25. Trained by Michael Dickinson, Bowman Mill was beaten a length in the JRA Stakes, his first start since July.