03/10/2005 12:00AM

Stakes vet Miss Loren seeks 13th


ARCADIA, Calif. - For more than four years, Miss Loren has run only in stakes, a span of 42 consecutive races in Argentina and the United States.

Through that period, she has won 12 times, with the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita on Feb. 13 ranking as her most prestigious victory.

That win caught the attention of Ernie Moody, who bought Miss Loren privately in late February from Llers Corp.

Saturday, will try for her 13th career stakes win in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita. The race marks Miss Loren's first start for trainer Richard Mandella. She was previously trained by Luis Seglin.

The Grade 1 Santa Margarita, run over 1 1/8 miles, is the championship race of the meeting for older fillies and mares and has drawn an outstanding field. All 11 entrants are stakes winners, including Tarlow, Sweet Lips, and A.P. Adventure, the first three finishers in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies on Feb. 12, and Dream of Summer, a three-time stakes winner last year who has been third in two stakes at this meeting.

Owner Arnold Zetcher has an entry of Good Student and House of Fortune, both of whom are trained by Ron McAnally.

, second by a nose to Miss Loren in the Santa Maria, has disputed the lead in her American races, a tactic that McAnally says is not vital to her success.

"It depends on how the race shapes up," McAnally said, adding "she doesn't need the lead."

A group stakes winner in Argentina in 2003, Good Student will be ridden by Tyler Baze.

Miss Loren carries top weight of 118 pounds. Considering she ran four weeks ago and only joined his stable last week, Mandella has not asked much of Miss Loren in the last 10 days.

"She just ran," he said. "We gave her an easy five-eighths, and I think that's all she needs."

Miss Loren is a stalker, which should give her first run over closers such as Sweet Lips, who is trained by Bobby Frankel.

Sweet Lips will be making her fourth start of the meeting. Following a ninth in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes in December, she won the Sunshine Millions Distaff in late January and returned two weeks later to finish second in the La Canada Stakes.

"She's run a lot," Frankel said. "I usually don't run them this much, but it's a Grade 1. I'll take a shot."