08/04/2006 11:00PM

Sweet Way in tough for grass try


DEL MAR, Calif. - After a few delays, the career debut of proved to be well worth the wait at Hollywood Park on July 12. She closed from seventh in a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles to win by two lengths as the favorite.

Sweet Way will make her second start, and first on turf, in a $63,000 allowance race for fillies and mares at Del Mar on Monday.

The mile race will be a stern test for Sweet Way, who is trained by John Shirreffs for Marty and Pam Wygod. Sweet Way is facing fillies and mares who have raced on turf, some of whom are multiple winners.

Sweet Way, 3, was scheduled to make her debut in a maiden race on June 18 but was kicked by a pony in the minutes before the start and was withdrawn.

Sweet Way is bred to be effective on turf. She is by leading sire Giant's Causeway out of Sweet Life, a winner on turf who was second in the Grade 1 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2000.

In Monday's race, Sweet Way has nine rivals, several of whom have run well on turf.

Miss L'Augeval won a $50,000 claimer on turf at Hollywood Park on July 13. She was trained by Luis Seglin for that race but has since been transferred to Doug O'Neill.

Jubilee, who was third behind Miss L'Augeval, is part of Wednesday's field. Trained by Beau Greely, Jubilee is likely to set the pace.

Golden Silk has placed in two turf stakes but has not started since finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita in April.

Think, trained by Julio Canani, placed in group stakes in France last year, but has had two troubled trips in this country - a fifth and a ninth in allowance races at Hollywood Park in recent months.

Indy Miss beat maidens on turf in her career debut here last August but is winless in four subsequent starts. Trained by Richard Mandella, Indy Miss, 3, was third by a length in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on June 22, and returned to finish fifth in a similar race on July 14.

Indy Miss chased a slow pace in that race while racing wide and was beaten 2 3/4 lengths.

"She had a hard time catching, but she ran on well," Mandella said. "She's doing good, but I can't say she's any different."