12/03/2002 12:00AM

Stonecoldfox preps in feature


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Stonecoldfox had a crash course in racing this fall.

After winning her debut at Santa Anita on Oct. 13, leading throughout a six-furlong sprint to post an upset at 22-1, she finished eighth as the favorite in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

On Thursday, she makes her first start at Hollywood Park in an optional claimer over 6 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-old California-bred fillies. Run as the first race, it is the feature on an eight-race program that includes three races for maiden claimers.

Stonecoldfox races for Vessels Stallion Farm and trainer Danny Cardoza. In hindsight, Cardoza thinks that Stonecoldfox was not ready for the California Cup Juvenile Fillies, which was run over 1 1/16 miles.

"She didn't bounce back off the first race very good," he said. "I'm still not convinced she can't go two turns, but we were taking a shot at that kind of money. She was knocked out pretty good." For Stonecoldfox and her four rivals, Thursday's race is a prep for two upcoming stakes - the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes for 2-year-old statebred fillies at Santa Anita on Dec. 27 and the $250,000 Sunshine Million Oaks featuring Cal-breds and Florida-breds at Santa Anita on Jan. 25. Both races are over seven furlongs.

Stonecoldfox drew post 2 and runs close to the pace. She may face early pressure from My Kai and A Reel Tizzy.

My Kai has started once, winning a two-furlong race for maidens at Santa Anita last April. Owned and trained by Wesley Ward, My Kai has worked well in recent weeks, and will be ridden by leading rider Laffit Pincay Jr.

A Reel Tizzy, who breaks from the rail, has won two of her last four starts. She won a starter allowance from the front at Santa Anita on Oct. 17, but was only sixth in the Bam's Penny Stakes at Bay Meadows on Nov. 2.

My Honey Bunny and Long Term Wish start from the outside two posts. My Honey Bunny is the veteran, having won 2 of 11 starts. She won the Gonzalez Stakes at Pleasanton in June, but is winless in her last seven. In the California Cup Juvenile, she finished sixth, never reaching contention.

Long Term Wish is making her third start. She won a two-furlong maiden race in March, but was only fourth in an allowance race here on Nov. 14.

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