07/05/2006 11:00PM

Singalong deserving of stakes shot

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It took Singalong eight races to beat maidens, and she finally got the job done at Santa Anita in February. The 4-year-old filly has more than made up for lost time in subsequent starts, winning 2 of 3 races, all in allowance company.

Saturday at Hollywood Park, Singalong makes her stakes debut in the $65,000 Redondo Beach Stakes for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. The race is restricted to nonwinners of a Grade 1 or Grade 2 race at a mile or farther this year, but none of the nine starters has even placed in such a race this year.

Trainer Paddy Gallagher is optimistic that Singalong can win or gain a stakes placing in the Redondo Beach, and then run in the $85,000 Osunitas Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 9. If she continues to improve, there will be ample graded stakes for Singalong in coming months.

"If she can step up, that would be the plan," Gallagher said. "She'll have to show us something first."

Owned by Harlequin Ranches, Singalong, 4, has won 3 of 11 starts. She lost her first four starts in England before joining Gallagher's barn.

Singalong has finished in the top three in 10 of her 11 starts, the only blemish a fifth in a one-mile allowance race on turf at Santa Anita in April. Singalong rebounded to win an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on June 1.

In that race, she was last of six until the final turn and rallied wide to score by two lengths. The style of the win has given Gallagher reason to believe that she can be effective in better company.

"We decided to see if we could get a bit of black type," Gallagher said.

Corey Nakatani, the only jockey who has ridden Singalong since she arrived from England, has the mount.

"She seems to just sit off the pace," Gallagher said. "Nakatani has a good feel for her."

Singalong will start from post 6.

Midwife, who finished third in the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita in April, will set the pace.

The Redondo Beach is the first start of 2006 for Conveyor's Angel, who ran first and second in stakes in northern California in 2005. It is the second start this month for Toupie, who drew the rail. She finished seventh in the Grade 3 CashCall Mile here on July 1. In France last year, Toupie was second in the French 1000 Guineas.

The Redondo Beach is the ninth race on Saturday's program, which offers a guaranteed pick-six pool of $500,000.

Stute brothers to receive award

The trainer brothers Mel and Warren Stute will be presented with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award between races on Saturday's program. The award was launched in 2004 and honors individuals in racing who have served the sport with dedication and distinction.

Pincay is expected to be on hand to present the award.

Warren Stute won the 1968 Hollywood Gold Cup, Saturday's feature race, with Figonero.

Giacomo works, nears return to races

Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, worked six furlongs in 1:14.80 on Thursday at Hollywood Park. He is expected to return to racing after a four-month break at Del Mar, though trainer John Shirreffs said he has not yet picked a race.

Giacomo worked alone on Thursday, running the ninth-fastest of 15 recorded works at the distance.

"I thought he worked pretty well, even all the way around," Shirreffs said. "He galloped out pretty well."

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Giacomo is scheduled to have one more workout at Hollywood Park before being sent to Del Mar. Giacomo has not started since finishing fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap in March.

Star Parade eyes Clement Hirsch

Star Parade, who was scratched from the Vanity Handicap on Sunday after becoming unruly in the gate, is tentatively scheduled to return at Del Mar, trainer Darrell Vienna said. He is hoping Star Parade can return for the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares on Aug. 6.

Star Parade was the 2-1 favorite when the field was loading for the Vanity, but she became upset and skinned the lower half of a hind leg.

Bordonaro zeroes in on Bing Crosby

Bordonaro, one of the nation's top sprinters this year, worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Trained by Bill Spawr, Bordonaro has not started since winning the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park in April. He is being pointed for the $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap at six furlongs at Del Mar on July 30. The long-term goal is the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.