01/22/2002 12:00AM

Swiss Miss may return


ARCADIA, Calif. - Last summer at Del Mar, trainer Roger Stein raced Swiss Miss twice within seven days, and she responded with a victory and a second-place finish. Believing she thrives on such activity, Stein is going to try to win two races with Swiss Miss within one week.

Swiss Miss won a high-priced claiming race last Friday, and she is being wheeled back in just six days for Thursday's featured seventh race at Santa Anita. The one-mile turf race, which drew a field of 10 older fillies and mares, is for second-level allowance runners, or $80,000 claimers.

Swiss Miss, a New Zealand-bred, already has won seven times, she so is one of five horses in the race eligible to be claimed. And she is one of several horses with a chance to win in what appears to be a wide-open event that highlights the first card of an abbreviated, four-day race week at Santa Anita.

Last Friday, Swiss Miss overcame a slow pace and wide trip to beat a field of $62,500 claimers. On Sunday morning, Stein entered her for Thursday.

"She's good running back on short rest," Stein said. "Her last race was good. She came out of the race good. We needed a lip chain the next day to walk her. She didn't act like she was tired. If she's not acting good on Wednesday, I'll probably scratch her. But if she looks good, she'll run."

Swiss Miss was second against a field of $62,500 claimers last summer at Del Mar, then one week later crushed an entry-level allowance field by 3 1/2 lengths.

Chris McCarron, who has ridden Swiss Miss to her last two victories, has a return call.

The likely favorite is the comebacking Dynamous, who makes her first start since July 29 for trainer Bobby Frankel. She was not good enough to be effective against graded stakes runners last summer. This is an easier spot.

La Picara was third against a similar group of horses last month at Hollywood Park. That was her first start in 15 months, so she has a right to move forward.

Rhiana finished well on the hillside turf course in her first start in nearly 10 months on Jan. 6. She is better around two turns, having won twice on this course at one mile last year.

Alinga is facing a slightly softer field after a brutal trip here on Jan. 4. She had nowhere to go throughout the stretch, and she should benefit by breaking from the rail.

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