04/23/2002 11:00PM

Trainer puts Bold World to test


LEXINGTON, Ky. - She already did it once. But asking Bold World to run in two stakes within a few days' time would be overkill - which is just as well, as far as trainer Ron Taylor is concerned.

Taylor, who trains Bold World for Amy Tarrant's Hardacre Farm, said a special set of circumstances allowed Bold World to win the Ocala Breeders' Sales Sprint on March 18 and the Charon Stakes at Gulfstream four days later. Neither race, said Taylor, was particularly demanding, and considering the way Bold World galloped to victory in both races, neither was particularly taxing.

But a similar double in two upcoming graded stakes on the Kentucky circuit would be far more difficult to achieve. So after Bold World starts Friday as the likely favorite in the $250,000, Grade 2 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes - highlight of the closing-day card at the Keeneland spring meet - Taylor will not harbor any illusions about running her back six days later in the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.

One, it seems, will be quite enough.

"We're going to find out just how good she is," said Taylor. "You hang up that kind of money, and you're bound to hook some tough fillies."

Indeed, the Beaumont, a Grade 2 race contested at the unusual Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet, has developed into a terrific test for 3-year-old fillies. Its recent winners include such standouts as Go for Wand (1990), Roamin Rachel (1993), Golden Gale (1996) and Xtra Heat (2001).

As a romping winner of all three of her starts this year, Bold World appears set to join that roster.

"She's a real kind filly with a lot going for her mentally," said Taylor, who is based in Ocala, Fla. "There's not a lot that bothers her."

Proper Gamble, winner of back-to-back stakes at Aqueduct for Todd Pletcher, must be considered the most dangerous foe for Bold World. Proper Gamble, a gray Kentucky-bred owned by Stoneway Farm, has a steady off-the-pace run that could serve her well given a decent break from post 2.

In all, a field of seven 3-year-old fillies was entered in the Beaumont. From the rail, they are Aly Quatorze, Jon Court to ride; Proper Gamble, Javier Castellano; Ghost Queen, Pat Day; Bold World, Jorge Chavez; Vicki Vallencourt, Robby Albarado; Respectful, Jerry Bailey; and Born to Dance, Willie Martinez.

Vicki Vallencourt is a fringe contender, having captured the Indian Summer Stakes here last fall.

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