12/13/2005 1:00AM

Quiet meet ends with a bang


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Without grass racing, the Hollywood Park fall meeting has been a long, hard slog. But the meet ends on an uptick, with two excellent Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds highlighting a final weekend that closes with a special Monday card.

Both the Hollywood Futurity on Saturday and the Hollywood Starlet on Sunday are expected to have small fields, but quality is not sacrificed in either 1 1/16-mile race. Several promising runners, most notably A.P. Warrior and Your Tent or Mine in the Futurity, make this weekend a possible sneak preview of next spring's major 3-year-old races.

A.P. Warrior completed his serious training for the Futurity on Monday with a five-furlong drill in 59 seconds at Hollywood Park while in company. The time was the best of 45 at the distance. Garrett Gomez, who will ride A.P. Warrior in the Futurity, was aboard.

"He worked well. He did it well and he's ready to go," said Eoin Harty, who trains A.P. Warrior. "Gomez has been on him the last three works, since P. Val took off."

P. Val - Patrick Valenzuela - has opted to stick with Your Tent or Mine, the unbeaten Neil Drysdale-trained colt who won the Hollywood Prevue in his second start last time out.

Others expected for the Futurity are Bashert, Brother Derek, Bob and John, and Jealous Profit.

Trainer Doug O'Neill said the chances of Jealous Profit running were "80 percent yes, 20 percent no." He will be a longshot. But O'Neill will have one of the leading contenders in the Starlet in Meetmeinthewoods, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 100 when she captured her debut going six furlongs on Nov. 27. She worked six furlongs in 1:13 on Sunday at Hollywood.

Among those scheduled to face Meetmeinthewoods are Balance, Diplomat Lady, Fall in Love, Loosends, Private World, Sabitini, and True Xena. Loosends, who has won twice in three starts at Delaware and Laurel, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Monday at Hollywood, which was the fifth-best time of 45 at the distance.

Private World and True Xena finished one-two in last month's Moccasin Stakes, the seven-furlong prep for the Starlet.

The base purse for the Starlet, like the Futurity, is $250,000, but several Starlet runners, including Meetmeinthewoods, need to be supplemented to the race for $20,000, so the Starlet purse will swell.

Attila's Storm arrives for Malibu

Attila's Storm, the winner of the Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct on Nov. 24, has joined trainer Eduardo Inda's stable and is being pointed for the $250,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.

The Grade 1 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs is the main race on Santa Anita's opening day. Inda said Valenzuela will ride.

Attila's Storm joined Inda's stable last week. Attila's Storm has won 4 of 9 starts and $220,628. Before scoring his first stakes win in the Fall Highweight, Attila's Storm finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park in October. Attila's Storm was previously trained by Richard Schosberg.

Chinese Dragon eyes Sir Beaufort

Chinese Dragon, a three-time stakes winner in the spring, is on target for the $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, according to trainer Bob Hess Jr.

The Sir Beaufort is run over a mile on turf for 3-year-olds.

Chinese Dragon finished second in the Paradise Valley Stakes at Turf Paradise on Nov. 19, his first start since winning the Alcatraz Breeders' Cup Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in May.

Hess said that Chinese Dragon emerged from the loss at Turf Paradise without any problems.

"He will be there with his 'A' game," Hess said of the Sir Beaufort.

Nakatani gives Wilko credit

Jockey Corey Nakatani was pleased with the comeback effort turned in by Wilko last Saturday at Golden Gate. Wilko was a close third in a sprint prep.

"There was no pace. He finished real well," Nakatani said. "Considering the circumstances - he had been off, and the pace scenario - he ran real well and got a good race under his belt. The farther the better for him."

Craig Dollase, the trainer of Wilko, said the 3-year-old will make his next start in the Malibu.

'Allswell' earns Millions shot

Allswellthatnswell pulled the upset of last Saturday's program, with a victory at 44-1 in an optional claimer over six furlongs. The victory is likely to serve as a stepping-stone to the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Jan. 28.

The 4-year-old Allswellthatnswell ($90.40) ended a 10-race losing streak in Saturday's race. She had not won since the Stanford Stakes at Bay Meadows in April 2004.

Ridden by Isaias Enriquez, Allswellthatnswell rallied from fifth on Saturday to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Scarlett Memories.

"She has been a funny filly," said owner Bud Johnston. "If you let her go too fast early, she has a problem. If you let her run the last sixteenth, she can do like she did [on Saturday]. Let's hope this is the beginning of something big."

Trained by Don Warren, Allswellthatnswell has won 3 of 15 starts and $156,486.

The Sunshine Millions is a series of eight stakes for California-breds and Florida-breds run on the same day at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita.

- Entering the final five days of the meet, Martin Pedroza leads Valenzuela, 23-20, in the jockeys' standings. Pedroza, the perennial king at Fairplex, has never won a title at Del Mar, Hollywood Park, or Santa Anita.

- Rene Douglas will not ride the rest of the meet. He is in Panama with his father, who is gravely ill.

- Jockey agent Craig O'Bryan, who most recently represented Gary Stevens, is back in California and has a new rider beginning with the Santa Anita meeting. O'Bryan will handle the business of Jon Court, who for the past month had been sharing agent Tom Knust with Valenzuela. Knust, who had been with Court for a year, will continue to represent Valenzuela. Stevens retired last month to pursue a television career.

- Hollywood Park will serve holiday meals to backstretch personnel on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the stable kitchen. Tickets can be obtained at the stable office.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen