05/29/2001 11:00PM

Stakes makes things interesting


STICKNEY, Ill. - Friday's card begins the penultimate week of racing at Hawthorne this spring. Ten programs remain in the six-week spring meet before Arlington Park reopens on June 15. And make no mistake, many regional horsemen have been sitting on their better racing stock, awaiting the more glamorous Arlington meet.

But a desirable purse in Friday's featured overnight stakes race, dubbed the Pollyanna Pixie, has brought out a deep, bettable field of 10 3-year-old fillies.

The Pollyanna Pixie, at 6 1/2 furlongs, carries a $40,000 purse. Suzanne's Flying or Carson's Lady Love may be favored, while Curious Conundrum and Soul Onarazorsedge are coupled in the wagering because of common ownership. Curious Conundrum raced on Monday, suggesting she could be scratched.

Carson's Lady Love is unbeaten in three career starts for owner A & L Racing Stable and trainer Gene Cilio. A Carson City filly, she won twice last summer at Arlington, was shelved for more than eight months, and returned in late April to win an allowance race at Sportsman's Park. Carson's Lady Love prefers to race on the lead, and on Friday must break from post 1 and fend off several other speed horses.

A fast pace sets the race up for Suzanne's Flying, who has shipped in from Churchill Downs for trainer Bob Holthus. Jockey Marlon St. Julien is named to ride Suzanne's Flying, his first mount on the Chicago circuit this year. The 29-year-old St. Julien has shifted his tack from Churchill Downs after enduring a terrible spring.

Between March 18 and last Saturday, May 26, St. Julien lost in 139 straight starts. In addition to changing circuits, St. Julien has changed agents, from Randy Romero to Harry Hacek.

Suzanne's Flying could get St. Julien's summer in Chicago off to a much better start. An Arkansas-bred owned by Holthus himself, Suzanne's Flying last ran in the $113,000 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill, a two-turn grass race where she was overmatched.

But two starts ago, Suzanne's Flying made a big midrace move to finish second in the Althea Stakes at Oaklawn, and on the basis of that effort is the horse to beat Friday.

Cadman pulling away

Apprentice rider Zoe Cadman widened her lead in the jockeys race last week, and through Tuesday held a 23-18 win edge over Randy Meier, her nearest pursuer and the leading rider at Sportsman's Park this spring.

Meier's agent is Penny Fitch-Heyes, who also is Cadman's roommate at the moment.

The trainer's race is up for grabs. J.R. Smith Sr. saddled his seventh winner Tuesday to take one-win lead on a pack of others.

Where's Taylor back in Sun Beau

Where's Taylor will make his first start since January when he runs here Saturday in the $50,000-added Sun Beau Stakes.

Where's Taylor, who won the Carey Memorial last fall over this course, got a break from training after he finished unplaced in the Colonel E.R. Bradley at Fair Grounds this winter. Owned by Golden Racing Stable, he has been training for Mike Stidham and assistant Hilary Pridham at Keeneland and, most recently,

Arlington Park, where he posted a blazing five-furlong work in 58 seconds on May 24.

Where's Taylor faces a full and competitive field in the Sun Beau, which is contested at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

* Rahy's Secret, third in the Hawthorne Derby in his last start, is slated to start Saturday in the $100,000 Canterbury Park Breeders' Cup Derby.