04/14/2002 11:00PM

Suances has some luck coming to him


ARCADIA, Calif. - A frightening injury and bad racing luck have set back the racing career of Suances in this country.

On Wednesday at Santa Anita, he can put those misfortunes behind him with a victory in a $70,000 allowance race over a mile on turf.

Trained by Darrell Vienna, Suances is part of an entry with Ferrari in a field of seven.

This is the final week of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. Closing day is Sunday.

A 5-year-old, Suances has won 6 of 8 starts and $103,720. In Europe during his 2- and 3-year-old campaigns, he won six consecutive races, developing from a maiden winner in Spain to a Group 1 winner in France, taking the 2000 Prix Jean Prat.

After being privately bought by Jed and Roberta Cohen, Suances was being prepared for a race in Chicago in the summer of 2000 when he suffered a severe cut to a hind leg. Suances needed a lengthy recuperation, Vienna said.

His delayed U.S. debut came in the Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds on March 24. Suances finished 10th, but was beaten only 4 3/4 lengths after racing wide.

Vienna said the temporary rails at Fair Grounds were taken down to give the field for the Explosive Bid use of the entire turf course, which included fresh ground closest to the permanent rail. Suances drew post 12 in the 14-horse field and was stuck on a more worn portion of the course, Vienna said.

"It was like on the highway or the beach sand," Vienna said. "I was on the beach sand."

Vienna said he is considering passing Wednesday's race in favor of the San Francisco Mile April 27 at Bay Meadows, but said on Sunday he was leaning toward Wednesday's race.

The expected favorite is Special Ring, who won an allowance race over a mile on turf on Feb. 21. A front-runner, Special Ring is trained by Julio Canani.

Little Ghazi starts for Nico Nierenberg and trainer Paddy Gallagher, who claimed him back for $100,000 on March 13. Little Ghazi was claimed from Nierenberg and Gallagher for $100,000 on Jan. 31. He will be close to the pace.

The field includes two imports making their U.S. debuts - Tapatio and Skipping. Tapatio has not started since finishing sixth in the 2001 UAE Derby. He raced in Group 1 races in Argentina in 2000. Skipping won a stakes in France last year and debuts for the Bobby Frankel stable.

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