04/30/2006 11:00PM

Right distance for Dalicia


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The extended distance of Wednesday's seventh race at Hollywood Park is an ideal fit for Dalicia, a 5-year-old mare trained by Neil Drysdale.

Dalicia won the Group 3 Spreti-Rennen against males at about 1 1/4 miles on turf at Baden-Baden, Germany, last August and competes at 1 1/4 miles on turf against just four rivals in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.

Dalicia will be a strong favorite, with one of her biggest threats coming from stablemate Live Life. Exclusive Danielle, Rich Sense, and Sweet Dee's are the other starters in the race, worth $55,000. All but Sweet Dee's began their careers in Europe.

, co-owned by Team Valor and Never Tell Farm, has won 2 of 17 starts and $144,832.

Last year, Dalicia ran in group stakes and listed races in France and Germany. Aside from her upset win at 20-1 in the Spreti-Rennen, her best performance came in a listed race at about 1 1/4 miles in Compiegne, France, in June, when she finished third against males.

Sent to Drysdale over the winter, Dalicia finished second in her U.S. debut in an allowance race at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita on March 31. She rallied from sixth after a slow start to finish 3 1/4 lengths behind Dream Lady.

Dalicia typically races off the pace, a style that should serve her well in Wednesday's optional claimer.

, the winner of an allowance race at a mile on turf on April 7, will be near the front, as will Exclusive Danielle, who nearly led throughout in an optional claimer at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita on March 17. She was caught in the stretch and finished third, a head behind Hallowed Dream and Cissy. Cissy returned to finish third in the Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita last month.

Live Life, Drysdale's other starter, is capable of winning. Owned by his wife, Shawn Dugan, the 4-year-old Live Life won her U.S. debut in an allowance race at 1 1/4 miles on turf on March 16. She was near the front throughout and held on to win by a nose.

In France last year, made six starts, winning a maiden race called the Prix Girl Friend at about a mile on turf and finishing second in the Group 3 Prix Chloe.

Rich Sense is the only horse in the field entered to be claimed for $62,500. She won a $50,000 claimer at Gulfstream Park in February.