02/13/2004 12:00AM

Super High won't be alone in front


ARCADIA, Calif. - has proven to be dangerous in recent years when she was allowed to set her own pace in two-turn stakes. When she starts in Sunday's $100,000 Pro or Con Handicap at Santa Anita, gaining such an advantage may be difficult.

Super High has six rivals in the Pro or Con, a one-mile turf race for California-bred fillies and mares, and could face an early threat from Bold Roberta, who is in outstanding form.

"I want to be out there by myself," said Carla Gaines, who trains Super High.

If the pace is too quick, Moscow Burning could benefit. The winner of the California Cup Distance Handicap last November, Moscow Burning was second in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 24. She was beaten less than a length by Valentine Dancer, who snuck through on the inside on the final turn.

"That was the parting of the Red Sea," said Jim Cassidy, who trains Moscow Burning. "I will be very disappointed if she gets beat."

Moscow Burning must catch Super High. A 5-year-old, Super High has won 7 of 20 starts, with five of the wins coming in two-turn stakes when she led or disputed the pace.

Bold Roberta and Super High ran in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint here Jan. 24. Bold Roberta closed from eighth to finish second; Super High was near the pace early but faded to finish eighth, 3 3/4 lengths behind upset winner Mooji Moo.

Gaines threw out that race, citing Super High's preference for running in races longer than sprints. In December, Super High finished second in the Cat's Cradle Handicap on dirt at Hollywood Park. Her most recent win came in the one-mile Work the Crowd Handicap for state-bred fillies and mares at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 3.

"Her last two races were good prior to the Sprint," Gaines said.

Mullins has three for Daytona

Sunday's program also includes the $70,000 Daytona Handicap on the hillside turf course.

Leading trainer Jeff Mullins has three of the seven entrants - King Robyn, the 121-pound topweight; Cayoke; and Glick.

King Robyn will go favored. He won six stakes last year, but was third in the El Conejo Handicap over 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt here Jan. 1.

Glick held the course record for about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf for three days. He was timed in 1:11.26 when he won an optional claimer Jan. 19. The record was broken three days later, when Lennyfromalibu was timed in 1:11.12.

Cayoke, unraced since July, won on the hillside last year.