10/31/2002 12:00AM

Someone will come out with stakes win

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Amber Hills, Miss Nicolie, and Summer Wind Dancer have all won stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies since Labor Day.

In their brief careers, none has scored two stakes wins, but they are the leading contenders to clear that hurdle in Saturday's $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

The trio has the inside three post positions in a field of 13, the final race on the 10-race Cal Cup program. Summer Wind Dancer won the Cover Gal Stakes here on Oct. 3. Miss Nicolie won the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 4. Amber Hills won the Black Swan Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 25.

Summer Wind Dancer drew the rail and is the likely favorite. Trained by Jenine Sahadi, she finished third to Miss Nicolie in the Generous Portion Stakes but won the seven-furlong Cover Gal by three-quarters of a length over Miss Nicolie.

Miss Nicolie won her maiden in the Generous Portion Stakes, and ran well in the Cover Gal Stakes. She was within a neck of the front at the eighth pole, but lost ground to Summer Wind Dancer in the final furlong.

Trainer D. Wayne Baker is quick to mention that Miss Nicolie carried 121 pounds in the Cover Gal, five more than Summer Wind Dancer. In the California Cup Juvenile, all fillies will carry 117 pounds.

"I think the distance works for her and its level weights," Baker said. Miss Nicolie is likely to stalk the pace, which will be set by Stonecoldfox and Dollar Cat. David Flores rides Miss Nicolie, having been aboard for her last two starts. She breaks from post 2.

"I don't need the lead but I don't want to get stuck behind a herd of horses," Baker said. "David can put her wherever he wants." Stonecoldfox pulled an upset at 22-1 in a six-furlong maiden race for California-breds on Oct. 13, scoring by

3 1/2 lengths. Dollar Cat was claimed for $20,000 following a seven-length win over six furlongs at Bay Meadows on Oct. 16. The California Cup Juvenile Fillies will be her first start over 1 1/16 miles.

Amber Hills has experience at the distance in the Black Swan Stakes on the Fairplex Park bullring. She was a game second to Miss Nicolie in the Generous Portion Stakes in early September.

Others in the field include Servaline, a $2 million yearling purchase who was fifth in the Cover Gal, and My Honey Bunny, who is making her eighth stakes appearance this year.

With a large field, a lucky trip will play a role in the outcome.

For some of the fillies, the 1 1/16-mile distance is a question mark.

Asked whether he thought Tizalovelylady's five-length victory in a maiden race at a mile on Oct. 9 would be an advantage against a field in which many have not tried two turns, trainer Jay Robbins replied, "Not as much of a disadvantage as the 13 hole."