07/02/2009 11:00PM

Pair of promising maidens make their debuts


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Alexis Barba may hold her breath while the field is loading for Sunday's fifth race at Hollywood Park.

Her 2-year-old Make Music for Me has worked well in recent weeks, and could win his debut in the $55,000 maiden race over five furlongs for 2-year-olds. One of Barba's concerns is how Make Music for Me behaves in the gate.

"That could be a worrisome thing," she said.

Otherwise, the colt shows promise. His workouts in the last six weeks have been quick, including five furlongs in a bullet 59 seconds June 24.

"He looks pretty fancy," she said. "We've all been in this place before. We hope it's real."

There are two maiden races for 2-year-olds on Sunday's 11-race program, which features two Grade 1 stakes - the American Oaks and Triple Bend Handicap - and a guaranteed pick six pool of $300,000. Neither 2-year-old maiden race is part of the pick six sequence.

Make Music for Me is part of a field of 10. He must beat Roos on the Loose, who was third in the Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields June 13.

The first division of the 2-year-old maiden race is the third race and features the highly regarded Tiny Woods, trained by Bob Baffert.

Tiny Woods has worked quickly at Santa Anita in recent weeks, including five furlongs in 57.80 seconds on Tuesday.

"He's done everything right," Baffert said. "He's shown a lot of ability."

Tiny Woods was bought for $180,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Trainer Brian Koriner starts Get My Fix, who has shown fast works, but must deal with the outside post.

Big fields await pick six players

The pick six covers the sixth through 11th races, and it includes both stakes and large fields in the other four races.

The sixth race, an optional claimer over a mile on turf, drew 10 runners, including Cavanal, the winner of an allowance race here on May 31. There are 12 $20,000 claimers in the seventh race over six furlongs. Bad Boy, trained by Mike Mitchell, will be favored.

The American Oaks is the eighth race, followed by an allowance over 6 1/2 furlongs that drew 10 entrants. S.S. Stone makes his first start since an eighth in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar last August.

The Triple Bend is the 10th race, and the final race is a 14-horse maiden claimer for fillies and mares over six furlongs.

Sorrento next for Laura's Pleasure

Laura's Pleasure will make her stakes debut in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar after crushing eight rivals by 7 1/2 lengths in a five-furlong maiden race on Thursday.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Laura's Pleasure led throughout and was timed in 57.43 seconds.

Trained by Robert Troeger, Laura's Pleasure was making her second start, having finished fifth in her debut on May 31.

I'll Show Them remained unbeaten after two starts with a win in an optional claimer on turf in Thursday's seventh race. Trainer David Hofmans said he will consider the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 15 for the 3-year-old's next start.

I'll Show Them won the one-mile race by a length over Gretsky. I'll Show Them beat maidens on the main track in his debut on June 13.

Stevens needs help to make Oaks

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens may have his first runner as a trainer on Sunday.

Stevens trains the recent English import Wake Me Now, who is on the also-eligible list for the $700,000 American Oaks. Wake Me Now will start if there are two scratches among the 14 fillies in the main body of the field. Wake Me Now has 1 victory in 5 starts in England.

Stevens formed a small stable in May. He plans to have runners later this month at Del Mar.

* Trainer Mike Marlow, 45, has disbanded his public stable and taken a position as an assistant to Baffert, said Baffert on Thursday.