06/05/2005 11:00PM

Rail draw has Spawr concerned


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Bill Spawr's heart sank when he learned that Snatch the Cash had drawn the rail for Wednesday's fifth race at Hollywood Park.

A $25,000 claim last September, was gelded in late 2004 and has been a profitable purchase, having won 2 of 3 starts for Spawr. But Spawr said continuing that success Wednesday in a $51,000 allowance race over seven furlongs will be difficult because of the draw. He argues that the track along the rail is deeper on a Wednesday, the first day of the racing week, than later in the week.

"He's drawn the rail, he's running on a Wednesday track, and I don't like him," Spawr said. "I've been doing this for a long time. It's dug up and dry."

A front-runner, Snatch the Cash will be pressured early by , who won a $50,000 claiming race May 1.

This year, Snatch the Cash has won a $40,000 claiming race, finished third in an allowance, and won a six-furlong allowance here April 29.

The fifth race also includes El Don, who finished second in the Tiznow Stakes over 7 1/2 furlongs for California-breds April 24, and was fifth in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on May 14.

The seventh race has the same conditions as the fifth. Both races could serve as preps for the $350,000 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs July 3.

In the seventh, will be seeking his third win in five starts. He finished second in an optional claimer over 6 1/2 furlongs May 13. He has worked fast at Santa Anita since that race.

The seventh race marks the comeback after a four-month layoff of , best known for finishing third in the 2004 Santa Anita Handicap.

There is one additional allowance race Wednesday, run over 1 1/16 miles on turf. Trainer Neil Drysdale has two starters - Fourty Niners Son and Grafton. Fourty Niners Son is seeking his third consecutive win, having won allowance races at Santa Anita in April and here May 18. Grafton is winless in his last six starts, but was second in an optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles on turf here May 11.