10/01/2006 11:00PM

Solis to ride Dream's, not Charm the Giant


ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Alex Solis and his agent, Scotty McClellan, faced a tough choice Sunday morning when entries were drawn for Wednesday's $60,000 Swingtime Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

Solis had two possible mounts for trainer Ron McAnally - Dream's, a 5-year-old mare that Solis has ridden to five victories, or Charm the Giant, a 4-year-old filly that he has ridden to four wins.

Solis is riding Dream's, the defending champion in the restricted Swingtime, a one-mile turf stakes for fillies and mares.

"I left it up to my agent," Solis said of the selection process. "Dream's has really come up with some good races. I think she's coming back to herself. I'm fortunate to be in this position to have two fillies like that."

This is the second time that Solis and McClellan have faced this decision. Both Dream's and Charm the Giant ran in an optional claimer at Del Mar on Sept. 4. Solis rode Charm the Giant, who ran second to Dream's. Victor Espinoza rode Dream's that day for one of his record seven winners on the card. Espinoza has the mount on Charm the Giant on Wednesday.

Charm the Giant and Dream's are part of a nine-horse field in the Swingtime.

Dream's, owned by Tom Lenner, is seeking her third consecutive win, a streak that began in an allowance race at Del Mar on Aug. 11. The Chilean-bred mare has won half of her 20 career starts.

Charm the Giant, owned by McAnally's wife, Deborah, has won 4 of her 8 starts. Her most recent win came in an optional claimer at Del Mar on July 24.

They face other tough ones in this field.

The Swingtime marks the first start in nearly a year for Singhalese, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in August 2005. Trained by Jim Cassidy for a partnership, Singhalese has not started since finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in October 2005.

The field also has two European stakes winners seeking their first stakes wins in the United States - Beautyandthebeast and Round Heels.

Beautyandthebeast, a stakes winner in England in 2005, was fifth behind Dream's at Del Mar in August. She was third in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap here in March.

Round Heels, a stakes winner in France in 2004, was third behind Dream's and Charm the Giant at Del Mar on Sept. 4.

Round Heels could be part of the pace with Getback Time, who is making her turf debut.