06/28/2005 11:00PM

'Pearls' needs to relax a bit on the lead


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Spring of Pearls took off with such fury in a turf sprint on June 18 that she looked more like a Quarter Horse than a Thoroughbred. She paid the price in the final furlong, fading to lose by 4 1/4 lengths.

If jockey Isaias Enriquez can throttle that speed even a little, Spring of Pearls could carry that speed throughout Friday's $53,000 Impressive Style Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The race is run over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf and is restricted to 3-year-old fillies that have not won a stakes. There are six fillies entered; four have started in stakes.

, trained by Tim Yakteen, has made three starts since arriving from England over the winter, all over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. She finished fifth in an allowance race under Tyler Baze on May 5 and 11th in the Manhattan Beach Handicap on May 29 before the recent fourth.

Two of those races have been learning experiences, Yakteen said. In the first race, Spring of Pearls was behind the leaders before fading to lose by 5 1/2 lengths.

"Tyler said that the first time he rode her that when he tried to take a hold, she just shut it down," Yakteen said.

A tough start in the Manhattan Beach Handicap cost Spring of Pearls dearly, Yakteen said.

"In the stakes, she broke slow and got bounced around," he said.

Enriquez was instructed to send Spring of Pearls to the front on June 18. She went the first quarter-mile in 21.31 seconds and a half-mile in 43.99 before the pace took its toll.

Spring of Pearls is almost certain to have the lead in the Impressive Style. Of the six entrants, she is the quickest.

"We'll let her jump out of there, but we'll see if Isaias can get her to chill a little bit," Yakteen said.

Four entrants are making their first start on turf - Charming Eileen, Kathryns Birthday, Ninadivina, and She's a Jewel.

is the most accomplished of those four. Trained by Jay Robbins, She's a Jewel was second in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Santa Anita in January, and third in the Vallejo Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 29.

Trainer Neil Drysdale starts Haka Girl, a promising War Chant filly. She has 1 win in 2 starts, a maiden race over a mile on turf at Del Mar last August.