02/19/2005 12:00AM

Trainer Dollase tastes victory twice


ARCADIA, Calif. - It did not worry trainer Wally Dollase that his best day of 2005 came on a rainy Friday that kept the crowd down at Santa Anita.

Dollase's stable won two allowance races - the third with the European import Stupendous Miss and the seventh with Two Trail Sioux.

"This is great," he said. "I've had so many seconds and thirds."

Through Friday at the current meeting, Dollase had four wins from 19 starts, with three seconds and three thirds. Two of those placings came from A.P. Adventure, who finished second in the El Encino Stakes on Jan. 16 and third in the La Canada Stakes on Feb. 12.

Dollase will try for his first stakes win of the meeting on Monday, when Katdogawn starts in the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap at a mile on turf.

Katdogawn, 5, was sent to Dollase by owner Jim Ford in early January. She was previously trained by Jim Cassidy. In her first start for Dollase, Katdogawn finished a troubled third in the minor Tuzla Handicap on Jan. 27. She was stuck in traffic in the stretch and finished three-quarters of a length behind Good Student.

"She just got blocked," Dollase said. "She should have won the race. I thought she was best."

Like Katdogawn, Stupendous Miss is a European import. Stupendous Miss won two of four starts last year in France. In Friday's second race, at 1 1/8 miles on a yielding course, Stupendous Miss stalked the pace to early stretch before pulling clear for a two-length win.

"She'll probably be a distance stakes filly down the road," he said. "She has so much stamina."

Two Trail Sioux won her third consecutive start in the seventh race, which was her first race since late August. Dollase did not disclose the injury that kept Two Trail Sioux out of training.

Friday, Two Trail Sioux stalked pacesetter's Maria's Image to the end of the backstretch before taking control, winning by three lengths.

"She could be special," Dollase said. "I might have a stakes filly here."

That stakes could be in Kentucky. Dollase is scheduled to shift his barn to Kentucky in April for a six-month stint. He will be back in California in late fall, just in time for the rainy season.

Big Cap possible for Island Fashion

Island Fashion, second in the 2004 Santa Anita Handicap, may take on males again in that race on March 5, trainer Marcelo Polanco said.

Second in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap last month, Island Fashion could also reappear in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles March 12.

Polanco said Island Fashion has trained well since the Santa Monica and said she missed training in January because of a quarter crack that is no longer a concern.

"She did it about 20 days before the last race, and I lost seven days of training," he said. "I couldn't take her to the track. Knock on wood, we haven't had any more problems."

Polanco said that since the Big Cap does not have a standout such as 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper among the probable starters, the race could be on Island Fashion's schedule.

"She will be nominated. It's something to look at," Polanco said. "She ran real good last year. It's the same kind of field this year."

Owned by Everest Stable, Island Fashion has won 6 of 18 starts and $1,777,970. In the 2004 Big Cap, she finished second by 1 1/4 lengths to Southern Image, testing him all the way to the finish.

This year, the Big Cap field is led by Rock Hard Ten, who won the Swaps Stakes on Feb. 5, and Lundy's Liability, who won the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 6. Other probable starters are Borrego, Congrats, Imperialism, Musique Toujours, , Saint Liam, Supah Blitz, and Truly a Judge.

Two returns depend on training

Cajun Beat, the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, and Choctaw Nation, the winner of the first five starts of his career, are candidates for Saturday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs.

But their respective trainers, Bobby Frankel and Jeff Mullins, say they are not definite, depending on how much training can be accomplished this week despite wet weather.

Cajun Beat has not started since winning the Grade 3 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap at Hollywood Park in late November.

Choctaw Nation has not started since finishing fourth in the Pacific Classic last August at Del Mar, his only loss in a six-race career. He was taken out of training last year because of injury. Last summer, Choctaw Nation won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar.