10/03/2007 11:00PM

Seeking 8th straight win, Charlie Papa faces males

EmailMIAMI - Nobody can accuse trainer Connie Kendall of protecting Charlie Papa's winning streak. Not if she runs her 6-year-old mare against males in Saturday's $50,000 Hooting Star Stakes at Calder.

The five-furlong Hooting Star drew a field of eight. The race is carded at five furlongs on the turf but the wet weather this past week could force a change to the main track, which would affect the size and makeup of the starting lineup.

Charlie Papa will bring a seven-race win streak into the Hooting Star. A daughter of Indian Charlie, she has not lost a race since Sept. 22, 2004. The streak includes all four of her starts on grass. Her last start came here on May 13 when she led throughout to post a two-length victory in the Cool Air Stakes on turf for fillies and mares.

Charlie Papa has never raced against males.

Racing off a long layoff is nothing new for Charlie Papa, who went nearly 14 months between starts when winning a second-level allowance at Tampa in February. That layoff came about after she underwent surgery to remove chips from her right knee during the winter of 2006.

Kendall, who trains off a farm in Tampa, entered Charlie Papa here in the Distaff Turf Sprint Handicap on July 7 but scratched the mare when the race came off the grass. Charlie Papa shows only one work since her last start, a half-mile from the gate in 49.40 seconds on the farm this week.

If the Hooting Star goes as scheduled, Charlie Papa figures to receive her toughest challenges from Nacascolo, Hollywood Left, and Dirtymoposse.

Nacascolo, a stakes winner on grass earlier in the meet, dropped a neck decision to Hollywood Left when the pair met under second-level optional claiming conditions on Sept. 17.

Dirtymoposse has not started since finishing 10th and last behind Nacascolo after a poor start in the Heckofaralph Stakes on June 10, but is training well for his return and was a stakes winner over the local course in 2006.

If the Hooting Star is moved to the main track, Finallymadeit would become the odds-on favorite. The speedy 3-year-old, who has never raced on turf, has sandwiched a pair of overnight sprint stakes victories over the main track around a sharp two-turn outing in his last three starts including a 2 3/4-length decision over the odds-on Finallymadeit in the Whippleton on Sept. 23.