12/11/2002 12:00AM

Post won't be Starlet problem


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - When Tizalovelylady drew the outside in a field of 13 for the California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2., her chances of winning the race were essentially gone.

Making her stakes debut in the Cal Cup, Tizalovelylady understandably ran wide throughout and overcame traffic in the stretch to finish a respectable third.

Trainer Jay Robbins and owner Joan Rogers will not have to worry about a wide draw when Tizalovelylady reappears in Saturday's $200,000 Hollywood Starlet Stakes.

As of Wednesday, there were only six fillies expected to start in the 1 1/16-mile Starlet. The race will have a strong favorite in Composure, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.

Tizalovelylady must be supplemented for $10,000 with an additional $10,000 due to start, but Robbins is convinced that the filly deserves a shot at big prize.

"Given the size of the field and her ability to get a route of ground, it makes sense to take a chance," Robbins said.

Tizalovelylady won a one-mile maiden race against California-breds by five lengths on Oct. 9 in her third start.

"She ran a good maiden race," Robbins said. "It was a bit slow. I don't know how good those fillies were - some of them were well bred - but she wants to go long."

Aside from Tizalovelylady, Composure will face Elloluv, Rmisvesta, Summer Wind Dancer, and Watching You. Of those, only Summer Wind Dancer is a stakes winner having won the California Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Watching You finished second in the Moccasin Stakes here on Nov. 16 in her second start. The Starlet will be her first start in a route.

Tight jockey race

Laffit Pincay Jr. and Alex Solis have dominated the jockey standings at the fall meeting, but the race for the riding title is far from a two-man affair. Through Sunday, Pincay led all riders with 28 wins, two more than Solis and three more than Victor Espinoza. In the final days of the meeting, which ends on Dec. 22, the advantage is with Espinoza.

Pincay will begin a five-day suspension on Sunday. The suspension covers racing days from Saturday through Dec. 22, with the exception of Dec. 21, when Pincay is being honored at Calder in Miami. During that span, the only races that Pincay will be allowed to ride at Hollywood Park are designated races or graded stakes.

Solis will miss Wednesday through Friday next week for a personal holiday. At this time of year in Southern California, it is not uncommon for jockeys to take holidays, or drop appeals of suspensions from earlier in the year.

The Hollywood Park fall meeting does not have as many riding opportunities as other meets and offers a lower purse structure than the Santa Anita meet that begins on Dec. 26, two reasons riders often have for taking a break.

Espinoza will ride daily through the Hollywood meet, according to his agent, Tony Matos.

Four set for Bayakoa

The $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap will have a small field on Sunday. Surya, the 119-pound highweight, is being held out of the race because trainer Bobby Frankel was unhappy with her weight assignment.

On Wednesday, Svea Dahl did not ship from New York after contracting a temperature. She won the Turnback the Alarm Handicap at Aqueduct Nov. 3. Owner Roddy Valente said the $750,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff for California-breds and Florida-breds at Santa Anita on Jan. 25 is the wintertime goal for Svea Dahl.

Without those two, defending champion Starrer will face Adoration, Angel Gift, Cee's Elegance, and Secret of Mecca.

Svea Dahl was booked to go to trainer Bill Spawr for Sunday's race.

Spawr avoiding main track

On Wednesday, Spawr said that Cottage, the winner of three consecutive allowances since September will pass Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap in favor of the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita on Jan. 4.

A winner of six training titles in the last 12 years, Spawr said he would prefer not to start many horses in the final days of the Hollywood fall meet. Spawr says he is unsatisfied with the condition of the Hollywood Park main track.

"I'm just running the ones the owners want me to run," he said.

Spawr trains his entire stable at Santa Anita and says the difference between the two surfaces can be compared to sand at the beach: Santa Anita's surface is like the packed sand near the water, while Hollywood Park is like the deeper sand farther away.

"They can't get a hold of it," he said, referring to the way his horses have raced on Hollywood's surface. "We have a lot of bowed tendons, suspensories and hind end problems. At Santa Anita, you might have a few more fractures. I can deal with those with arthroscopic surgery. With the bowed tendons, there is only a 5 percent rate they can come back."