11/16/2006 12:00AM

Tons of young talent gathered for Prevue

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Dilemma has won two straight, including the Sunny Slope at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet Oct. 22.

Notional has raced just once, but that race was so impressive that he might go favored in the Prevue against more experienced rivals. He sat just off the pace going six furlongs, finished powerfully, and got a Beyer Speed Figure of 105 in his debut Oct. 21 at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. The extra furlong of the Prevue should be well within his range.

"Obviously he's running against stiffer company," his trainer, Doug O'Neill, said Thursday morning at Hollywood Park. "He's held his energy well since his maiden win. He was absolutely cruising in his work," O'Neill said, referring to a six-furlong breeze in 1:14.20 over Hollywood's Cushion Track surface last Saturday.

Dilemma is the most accomplished horse in the race. He has won his last two starts, including the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 22. He broke from the rail that day, as he will in the Prevue. All his races thus far have been sprints, but this son of Grand Slam acts as though he will stretch out.

Marked Warrior exits a maiden sprint win at Santa Anita on Oct. 7. It was his third race, but his first since being bought privately by New York-based IEAH Stables and turned over to trainer Don Chatlos.

"We bought him three weeks before his maiden," Chatlos said. "He had a presence about him. He had run two races that were totally opposite. In his first race, he was sent, went head-and-head the whole way, and finished fourth, but just missed holding on for second. In his second start, he took back, was inside getting dirt in his face, then swung out and just got beat three-quarters of a length. Any 2-year-old that can handle all that in July and August probably has some upside.

"The other thing is, we were buying the horse from Eoin Harty, and you know the horse had to be well taken care of, coming from a good barn like that."

Belgravia was an international good thing at Keeneland on Oct. 18, when he was bet down to 6-5 in his debut and won with a strong late kick going 6 1/2 furlongs on Polytrack. He is the lone horse in the race with a win over an artificial surface.

Since the leading contenders all prefer to sit and pounce, Chief's Magic could prove the one to catch. He romped in his debut at Del Mar, then was second after setting the pace in the Barretts Juvenile on Sept. 17.