01/20/2005 12:00AM

Plenty of threats to Hollywood Gone


Hollywood Gone will attempt to separate herself from the pack of New Mexico-bred 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $132,200 La Senora Handicap at Sunland Park. It isn't going to be easy, however, as new shooter Bay View Sue invades from Ruidoso while local up-and-comers My Desert Lady, Alley's Lady, and Excessive Hearts are among the 11 fillies in the six-furlong event.

Hollywood Gone, trained by Fred Danley, had a second-place finish and a victory last summer in her first two outings, one at Albuquerque and the other at Ruidoso. She then dueled for the lead and faltered to fourth - behind Bay View Sue's second - in a stakes at Ruidoso on Aug. 1.

She didn't run again until Sept. 26, when she finished second in a stakes at Albuquerque. She resurfaced in a Sunland allowance race Dec. 18. She shot to the lead and never looked back, easily beating My Desert Lady, Excessive Hearts and a few others lined up against her here.

Bay View Sue posted two huge allowance victories at Ruidoso last summer and then was second to the nice Hush's Gold in a stakes there Aug. 1. Trained by Dwain Grissom, Bay View Sue hasn't run since. She won her debut, however, so she can fire fresh, and she has been working well for this return.

Favoritism may fall to the Steve Asmussen-trained My Desert Lady. She rallied smartly to win her debut at Sunland on Dec. 12, then was favored in a Sunland allowance race on Dec. 18. But she was a bit slow getting into stride, and by the time she got going Hollywood Gone was already long gone. My Desert Lady is certainly eligible to improve with two races under her belt, and she has been working nicely.

Excessive Hearts could be the spoiler. Trained by Joel Marr, she beat maidens by almost 10 lengths in her Nov. 23 debut at Sunland, and then blew the start against Hollywood Gone and My Desert Lady before rushing up and finishing evenly. It would be no shocker to see her improve, particularly because she posted a bullet work last weekend.

Alley's Lady is also intriguing. Trained by Jess Alley, she dueled with and couldn't fend off My Desert Lady in her Dec. 12 debut, but she came right back to win in a 7 1/2-length laugher at Sunland on Jan. 8. She may have turned the corner.