11/02/2008 12:00AM

Scratch will benefit Model


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Model was due for a lucky break. She gets it Sunday at Hollywood Park in the $65,000 It's in the Air Stakes.

Although seven fillies and mares entered the 1 1/16-mile race, the field will decrease in size and quality with the expected scratch of Grade 1 winner Double Trouble.

It is good news for Model. An improving 4-year-old trained by Neil Drysdale, Model's challenging recent campaign has seen her chasing the likes of Zenyatta and Grade 1 winner Carriage Trail. No such beasts will run in the It's in the Air.

Bobby Frankel entered Double Trouble and Eissoai, but said Friday that Double Trouble would scratch. She won the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap in the winter, and has not raced in four months. Under the conditions of the stakes, she would carry 124 pounds.

"It's too much weight," Frankel said.

Frankel might win anyway with Eissoai. A Group 1 winner in Brazil, she has made two adventuresome U.S. starts.

"She lugs in a little bit," Frankel said.

Eissoai was virtually uncontrollable in her fourth-place U.S. debut, and then improved to win a second-level allowance in her second start. Garrett Gomez rides Eissoai, who has won 3 of 7.

Other starters in the It's in the Air include minor stakes winners Bai and Bai, Gambler's Justice, Spenditallbaby, and Kalookan Year. However, based on Model's good recent efforts against better company, she figures to start favored.

"She's good," Drysdale said, meaning that she is ready to fire. Model finished second last out in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland; three starts back at Del Mar, she missed by a length to Zenyatta. Michael Baze rides Model, who has won 3 of 12 overall and seeks her first stakes win. She has finished out of the money only once.

The biggest question is the Craig Dollase-trained Bai and Bai, a dull sixth at 2-5 last month in the California Cup Matron at Santa Anita.

"She's had two good works [at Hollywood], and hopefully this will get her back on track," Dollase said. "But it's a tough spot for $65,000."

Bai and Bai has won 10 of 25.

Gambler's Justice and Kalookan Year both won statebred stakes at Fairplex Park and are expected to contest the pace. Spenditallbaby finished fourth in the Cal Cup Matron.