04/09/2005 12:00AM

Short rest shouldn't hurt 'Lord'


STICKNEY, Ill. - As Lord of the Game has climbed the ladder of conditioned allowance races, his feet hardly have touched the rungs. Lord of the Game, who won a $10,000 maiden claimer here last Dec. 31 by more than 22 lengths, flew to a second-level allowance victory on March 11; he hardly had to work for a 7 3/4-length score over third-level allowance horses here April 2. And unless Lord of the Game suddenly finds the climb too steep, little stands between the horse and yet another victory in the featured sixth race on Tuesday at Hawthorne.

Lord of the Game, back on short rest, has five rivals in a fourth-level 1 1/16-mile allowance with a $50,000 claiming option. Undefeated in four starts, and with graded-stakes-class Beyer Speed Figures dotting his form, Lord of the Game should be a strong favorite for owner Bill Slevin's Two Blondes Inc. and trainer Tom Tomillo.

By Saint Ballado and out of an A.P. Indy mare, Lord of the Game had physical problems as a young horse. With an uncertain future, the horse didn't fit the high-profile program of his owner and breeder, WinStar Farms, and he debuted with a $10,000 tag on his head. Tomillo reached in and claimed the horse, and Lord of the Game has held his form for three months, with three wins since his blowout maiden score Dec. 31.

Those looking to play against him at minuscule odds will find few holes. Lord of the Game returns only 10 days after his last race, but he hardly had to work to win that day.

"He does everything so easy," said Lalo Rodriguez, Tomillo's assistant.

Jockey Eddie Razo has done little more than shake the reins at Lord of the Game in his last two victories. Tuesday, Lord of the Game should get an ideal trip tracking the pace of the one-dimensional speedster Big Glori. With first run on the stalkers and closers, Lord of the Game should make it five in a row Tuesday and move on to stakes competition in his next start.

Garesche starts for the $50,000 tag, which allows him to run back at the same class level where he scored a three-quarter-length win here March 22. Behind him that day was He's Hammered, who has yet to get back to his sharp allowance victory here last December. In fact, the play behind Lord of the Game in the exacta might be King Magic, who will improve off a disappointing recent race.