11/03/2004 12:00AM

Pair ready after one warm-up


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - General Moody and Charbonnier ended layoffs of nearly a year when they finished second and fifth, respectively, in an allowance race at Santa Anita on Oct. 15. The race was the foundation of a campaign that resumes on Friday night at Hollywood Park and could result in one of them winning the seventh race.

Run over 1 1/16 miles on turf, the $39,000 allowance race is for California-breds. There could be a surface switch if the forecast of rain holds true.

is likely to go favored. Trained by Jeff Mullins, General Moody was beaten a length by Legal Logic on Oct. 15. The race marked General Moody's first start for Mullins. Bob Baffert was General Moody's previous trainer.

Last year, General Moody ran in two stakes for 2-year-olds on turf, finishing seventh in the Pinjara Stakes at Santa Anita and sixth in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes at Hollywood on Nov. 29, his final start for Baffert and last start of 2003.

has had a similar career path. He beat maidens in a one-mile turf race in his third career start in October 2003 but was eighth in the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita a month later.

Charbonnier joined trainer Eoin Harty's stable over the winter. On Oct. 15, Charbonnier was in mid-pack throughout, and finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Legal Logic after a wide trip.

"He was coming off a long layoff and was in need of a race," Harty said. "I'm hoping that will be the difference. He seems like he's got some talent."

Two other starters from the Oct. 15 race are in Friday's field - Financial, who finished third, and Moveinday, who finished sixth. Financial returned to finish second in a starter allowance at a mile on turf last Friday at Santa Anita, finishing five lengths behind Pure.

is a danger from off the pace. He was second in a one-mile race at this level at Del Mar on Sept 6, but returned to finish fourth in an allowance race on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. He was closest to race winner Spencer's Magic at the finish, missing by 1 1/2 lengths.

Friday's race marks the first start against winners for Vennys Public, who scored a front-running win at a mile on turf on Oct. 13. Trained by Richard Lies, Vennys Public won by a length under Alex Bisono, who recently lost his five-pound apprentice allowance.