12/02/2003 12:00AM

A Reel Tizzy vs. 'Candi' in feature


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jockey Martin Pedroza and trainer Jack Carava, who have combined to have a strong fall meeting at Hollywood Park, look to add to their win totals when they team with recent claim A Reel Tizzy in Thursday's featured seventh race.

The 1 1/16-mile race, a first-level allowance race for California-bred fillies and mares for which $40,000 claimers are also eligible, drew six runners and is part of a card that has 60 runners in eight races, an average of 7.5 per race. This is the first card that is impacted by an 8 percent purse cut, announced Monday, that is in effect for overnight races through the end of the meeting Dec. 21.

At this time of year, fans might be more interested in holiday shopping and parties than shopping for ponies. But for the loyal aficionados who arrive at Hollywood Park on Thursday, there will be opportunities to pick up a little holiday spending money, particularly in the seventh race, where class and current form lead to the inescapable conclusion that one of two horses is most likely to win: A Reel Tizzy or the fleet The Candi Queen.

A Reel Tizzy finished second last time out in a $25,000 claiming race at Bay Meadows, from which she was claimed by Carava. That was A Reel Tizzy's first start against older runners.

The biggest knock on A Reel Tizzy is that she has never finished in the money in three previous races at Hollywood Park.

Pace players will be eager to wager on The Candi Queen, who set wicked fractions over the Santa Anita turf when finishing third in a starter allowance race last month. She was second in a first-level allowance race on the turf in her previous start Oct. 8. The Candi Queen has won twice in eight starts here, and has finished in the money six times.

Buttertart has won just once in 14 starts and has yet to finish in the money in seven races this year.

New Water returns to the main track after four consecutive races on grass. She was second July 4 in her only dirt race, which was also her debut.

After My Heart beat $25,000 claimers at Santa Anita on Oct. 23. That was her first victory in nine starts this year.

Bartok's Beau was well-beaten in a similar spot at Santa Anita on Nov. 9. She has finished sixth in both her route races and has won the two times she has sprinted.