06/21/2001 12:00AM

Romero foresees turf record


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Lloyd Romero does not merely predict victory for Hallowed Dreams in the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park on Saturday. He predicts a world record.

Romero is hoping Hallowed Dreams, who has won 22 of 23 career starts, can set a world record for five furlongs on turf in the Miller Lite, a filly-and-mare sprint that has drawn six others: Argentina Avenue, Spree, Teenytinytina, Naturalingredients, Cinderella Story, and Sweet and Firm.

"If the turf is firm, I expect to set a world record going five furlongs," said Romero, who has sent out Hallowed Dreams to win her last six races. "She's better right now than she's ever been."

Klassy Briefcase set the world record for five furlongs on turf on June 8, 1991, when she ran the distance in 54.80 seconds at Monmouth Park. The record has been tied at least three times since, most recently by Heckofaralph at Calder Race Course on Aug. 1, 1998.

Hallowed Dreams, who has been about the surest thing in racing since she won her career debut on May 20, 1999, has raced on turf just once in her career, winning a five-furlong race by eight lengths in 55.71 seconds last October, 0.31 seconds off the course record at Louisiana Downs.

Hallowed Dreams will be ridden by Sylvester Carmouche.

Trainer Cole Norman, who is winning races at a 40 percent clip at Lone Star, has two bullets to fire in the Miller Lite: Sweet and Firm and Cinderella Story. In her last start, Sweet and Firm finished second, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Hallowed Dreams, when the two met in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star on May 28. "I know [Hallowed Dreams] beat us the other day, but we're going to make her run for it Saturday," said Norman.

Another who merits consideration is Argentina Avenue, a multiple stakes winner who finished a troubled second, beaten a neck, in a prep for the the Miller Lite. "She got checked pretty good," said trainer Gerald Romero, son of Lloyd Romero. "But she came back and made a heck of a run. She was very impressive, so I have to think she'll come back and run good."

Teenytinytina, who won the prep, has won her last three races, all at five furlongs on turf, for her owner and trainer, Pete Krohn.

* Unrullah Bull, who Norman considers one of his best claims ever, and Snuck In, who has been working sharply at Lone Star, meet in the eighth race Saturday, a one-mile allowance worth $39,000 that will serve as their stepping-stone to the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial on July 15.