06/19/2008 11:00PM

Threat's last outing produced three winners


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A nuts-and-bolts card is scheduled Sunday at Hollywood Park, where for the second time in three years, the $75,000 Valkyr Stakes for California-bred filly and mare sprinters was scrapped because of insufficient entries.

The nine-race Sunday card resembles a weekday program - four claiming races, three for maidens, and two allowance races on turf. If something significant happens, it probably will be in one of the final races, and bettors trying to beat the chalk face an uphill battle.

Threat should be favored in race 6, a maiden sprint for fillies and mares. Claimed for $50,000 from a troubled third-place debut March 27, Threat on April 26 ran well enough to win her first start for Rafael Becerra. Odds-on to win an $80,000 maiden-claimer, Threat dueled through a fast pace and ran second by a neck in a three-way blanket finish.

The initial disappointment eased when Threat's rivals returned to run well. Third-place Van Brit won a maiden special weight route June 11 at Hollywood, winner Ornamental Torch crushed a first-level allowance field by more than four lengths June 15 at Golden Gate, and eighth-place Mirror Pond won a maiden special June 15 at Emerald Downs.

Threat is the most likely winner when she moves up in class to face a respectable special-weight field that includes front-runner Sayit, second-timer Flashing Forward, and rookies All the Love and Cherryblossommiss.

Be Glorious is the chalk in race 8, a first-level turf allowance for 3-year-old fillies at one mile. Bobby Frankel trains Be Glorious, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Citronnade with 1 win from 5 starts. Last time out, Be Glorious finished second behind loose-on-the-lead Ginger Pop.

The pace of race 8 should be quick, which would benefit the closing style of Be Glorious. Her main rival is Harmony Creator, a three-time winner who parlayed a soft trip into a nose victory over Ginger Pop last month. Harmony Creator is not likely to get such an easy lead Sunday because of the presence of stretch-out sprinter Sailor's Sister.

Race 9 is the final race of the week, and the career beginning for several 2-year-old maiden fillies bred in California racing five furlongs. Wendoffer broke slowly in her debut, rushed, and faded late. With a clean start, the Peter Miller trainee should be long gone.

Her main rivals include Chilliwack, a four-start maiden who is not getting any better, speedster Deb's Mojo, and second-time starters Silar Rules and Mischabel.