02/27/2004 12:00AM

Trainers double up to go after La Habra


ARCADIA, Calif. - A year ago, trainers Jenine Sahadi and Jim Cassidy finished one-two in the La Habra Stakes with Luvah Girl and Katdogawn.

Sunday at Santa Anita, the two stables are back in the $100,000 La Habra, a race for 3-year-olds over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. This year, both trainers have brought reinforcements.

Sahadi starts the entry of .

The quartet face six others, including Very Vegas, a winner of two minor stakes; Triple Fantasy and Luckbealadytonight, who finished one-two in an optional claimer on the hillside course on Feb. 6; and Aspen Gal, the winner of three minor stakes in the Midwest who makes her first start for trainer Bobby Frankel.

Triple Fantasy will sell at Barretts in Pomona on Tuesday at the dispersal of horses of racing age owned by The Thoroughbred Corp.

Winendynme is making her first start since finishing third in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park in late November. She emerged from the race with an illness, Sahadi said.

"That's probably why she hung a little bit," Sahadi said. "It kind of knocked her out."

Winendynme won an optional claimer on the hillside course last November. Sahadi is guarded about her expectations for Sunday's race, citing a disruption in training because of recent rain.

"I missed what I consider to be a crucial work," Sahadi said.

Solar Fire has not started since finishing fifth in the Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park last September. At Del Mar, she finished third in the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs. Solar Fire beat maidens in a five-furlong turf race last July at Del Mar.

"She got a little funny mentally," Sahadi said of the layoff. "I think she got a little speed-crazy."

Fortunately is the only entrant to have won a stakes on turf. Last July, she pulled a 16-1 upset in the minor Dragon Stakes over a straightaway five furlongs at Sandown Park just outside London. She has not started since finishing last in an allowance race in England last August.

Cassidy is not as worried about the layoff as he is about Fortunately's behavior in the post parade and warmup, which he says was erratic at times last year.

"I think she's fine when she gets to the gate," he said. "She's a nice individual."

Lucayan Beauty has one victory in 10 starts and will be a longshot.