03/06/2006 12:00AM

Surface to determine who'll run


ARCADIA, Calif. - The weather will dictate the makeup of a $48,000 allowance race at Santa Anita on Wednesday.

Rain was forecast for Monday and could result in the race being switched from about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf to 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

That decision will determine whether Da Svedonya races on the main track or stays in trainer Gary Stute's stable.

has made four starts at the meeting, all on the main track. A 6-year-old mare, she won an optional claimer for statebreds at 6 1/2 furlongs on Jan. 11 and finished fourth in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint on Jan. 28.

Da Svedonya returned to run second in an optional claimer on March 2 and would be racing in less than a week if she starts on Wednesday. Before winning Jan. 11, she had run second in a $50,000 claimer on Jan. 5.

In all those races, Da Svedonya closed from well off the pace and did not reach contention until the final furlong.

If Wednesday's race is on the turf, there would be several contenders.

is likely to be favored. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Champagne Dreams is winless in her last four starts, but was third by a half-length in an allowance race on the hillside turf course on Feb. 11. She rallied from ninth in that race and missed second by a nose.

Owned by Stronach Stables, Champagne Dreams's only win came in a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar in August.

The biggest threat to Champagne Dreams is , who has won her last two starts. A 4-year-old filly, she beat maiden claimers at 6 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park in December and won her turf debut in a starter allowance on the hillside course on Feb. 3. In that race, she rallied from sixth to win by two lengths as the favorite. A similar performance would make her a top contender on Wednesday.

Great Opinions is winless in four starts and has raced strictly at a mile or farther in the past year. A closer, she will need a strong pace to help her chances.

Jackieosofabulous won a $16,000 claimer on a wet-fast track here on Jan. 1. She ran sixth and fifth in two subsequent starts on the hillside turf course.