04/05/2006 11:00PM

Providencia stiff test for Foxysox

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Foxysox had a nondescript season in England last year, going winless in five starts. She has been a different filly at Santa Anita this year.

Racing for Warren Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines, Foxysox beat maidens in February and won her stakes debut in the China Doll Stakes on March 11.

Saturday at Santa Anita, Foxysox makes her graded stakes debut in the Grade 3, $100,000 Providencia Stakes at a mile on turf.

"We purchased her thinking that two turns would suit her," Gaines said.

So far, their opinion is correct, but the Providencia will be significantly more challenging for Foxysox than her first two U.S. starts. The field of nine includes Harriett Lane, who has won her last three starts; Golden Silk, the runner-up in the China Doll; and the unbeaten Chosen Royalty, who is trying turf for the first time in her stakes debut.

is a stalker who should have pace to follow. In the China Doll at a mile, she was near the front before drawing off to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

In that race, runner-up Golden Silk was making her start of the year after finishing fifth in the Three Ring Stakes at Calder in December.

"I look for her to move forward off that race," trainer Jim Cassidy said of the China Doll. "She bled real bad at Calder."

is expected to go favored. She beat maidens at a mile on Jan. 6 and won the La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course in her last start on March 5. Trained by Ted H. West, Harriett Lane figures to be near the front. She could have company up there in Chosen Royalty, who won two sprints on the main track earlier at this meeting.

, who finished fourth in the China Doll, would benefit from a quick pace. She finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Foxysox in her U.S. debut.

"She looked like the only horse that closed ground," trainer Jamie Lloyd said. "I was glad to see her get the trip. Now I've got a run in her and I don't want her to be that far back. She's come on since that race."

Moscow Burning solid choice

Moscow Burning, unbeaten in two stakes this year, will be a strong favorite in the $98,000 American Beauty Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile on turf.

Trained by Cassidy, Moscow Burning won the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf in January and the Pro or Con Handicap in February. In both races, she rallied from off the pace with an explosive kick through the final quarter-mile.

Moscow Burning must beat Movie Star and Shining Energy.

Movie Star, trained by Bobby Frankel, was second in the Tuzla Handicap in January. Shining Energy, trained by Julio Canani, is winless in four starts since winning the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar last July. She was a troubled fifth in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap on Feb. 20.