03/31/2005 1:00AM

Pegasus Rose takes a leap into stakes company


Last week in the Lane's End at Turfway Park, Flower Alley proved you could go from maiden winner to stakes winner in one jump. Pegasus Rose is attempting the same feat in Saturday's $250,000 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks. The 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-old fillies has lured a field of eight, and is one of four stakes on a card topped by the $500,000 WinStar Derby.

Pegasus Rose, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus trained by Bob Baffert, ships in from Santa Anita off a game win at a mile. She went to the lead, was hooked on the far turn, and battled to the wire. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Pegasus Rose earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure for that win.

Pegasus Rose worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.60 at Santa Anita on Monday. Pat Valenzuela comes in for the ride.

One of two other Southern California shippers may go favored. Cee's Irish, trained by Santa Anita's leading trainer, Doug O'Neill, comes off a tough loss in the China Doll on turf at Santa Anita last month. Cee's Irish, who races for Merv Griffin Ranch, is versatile - she went wire to wire to win the Blue Norther on turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 14, and prior to that rallied to win the one-mile Corte Madera at Golden Gate.

As a maiden Cee's Irish finished strongly to be second by a nose in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies last October. Corey Nakatani rides.

Island Escape also ships in from Southern California. Island Escape finished a nose behind Cee's Irish in the Corte Madera Dec. 19. Island Escape comes off a strong win in the Cactus Cup Handicap at Turf Paradise. Casey Fusilier will ride for trainer Marcelo Polanco.

The best local hope may be Dayglogreen. She graduated by five lengths going long here Feb. 12, then came back to win an overnight handicap by more than three lengths here on March 12. Ken Tohill rides for Henry Dominguez.

Resplendency looks tough

Resplendency is a heavy favorite and carries high weight of 122 pounds in the $104,350 Harry Henson Handicap. The mile event for fillies and mares attracted a field of six. Resplendency, trained by Baffert, comes off a string of fine outings at Santa Anita, including a win in the Monrovia Handicap, a third in the Grade 1 Santa Monica, and a second by a nose in the Grade 2 Buena Vista.

Bar Bailey is the top local hope. She carries 120 pounds and comes off four straight wins, including victories in the Czaria and Santa Teresa handicaps here.

Big chance for allowance winners

C. G's Dollar and Tanya's Beau may not be considered up to the challenge of the WinStar Derby, but the $104,450 New Mexico Breeders' Derby on Saturday gives the New Mexico-breds a shot at their own big-money event. The two were assigned co-high weight of 120 pounds for the one-mile race, which drew a field of 10.

C. G's Dollar comes off an allowance win here March 1 for owner Glenda Godwin and trainer Jose Ramos. He has plenty of speed, and this is the first time he has been asked to go beyond a sprint.

Tanya's Beau comes off a smashing allowance win at a mile here March 19 for owner Joseph Milchen and trainer Jon Arnett.