05/22/2001 11:00PM

Tranquility Lake sticks with fillies


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Tranquility Lake on Wednesday was confirmed as a

starter for Saturday's $250,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at

Hollywood Park. As a result of Tranquility Lake's presence, the Gamely,

one of the summer's top stakes for fillies and mares on turf, will have

a small field.

Owners Marty and Pam Wygod and trainer Julio Canani considered starting

Tranquility Lake against males in Monday's $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders'

Cup Mile, but have opted for the Gamely, which is run over 1 1/8 miles.

Canani said Marty Wygod made the decision.

A 6-year-old mare, Tranquility Lake will be a heavy favorite in the

Gamely, which she won in 1999.

Tranquility Lake will carry top weight of 124 pounds, and is seeking her

second stakes win in as many starts this year. On April 29, she won the

Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap over a mile on turf. "She's doing

unbelievably," Canani said.

Although Tranquility Lake won the Wilshire on the lead, Canani is

worried that the course will play against her on Saturday.

"Horses don't win on the lead here," he said. "Everything has collapsed

on the lead."

Tranquility Lake is expected to face Beautiful Noise, Happyanunoit, High

Walden, Kalypso Katie, and Rare Charmer, all of whom are stakes winners.

Canani goes to bench

Canani has won the last two runnings of the Shoemaker Mile, but this

year he does not have his best turf milers available for the race. With

Ladies Din (bruised foot) and Val Royal (quarter crack) sidelined,

Canani will start his third string, Bing Bang, a stakes winner in France

who is winless in two starts in this country.

The Shoemaker has a probable field of 11, including All the Gears,

Brahms, Fateful Dream, Irish Prize, Lake William, Native Desert,

Redattore, Spinelessjellyfish, and Touch of the Blues.

Bing Bang, seventh in the San Francisco Mile on April 29, will be one of

the longest prices in an outstanding betting race.

"This horse is training good," Canani said. "He's fit, and he's a


Squirtle Squirt eyes Barrera

Squirtle Squirt will make his 3-year-old stakes debut in Monday's

$100,000 Laz Barrera Handicap over seven furlongs.

Squirtle Squirt was one of the top 2-year-old sprinters last year, when

he won the Proctor, Haggin, and Hollywood Juvenile Championship at this

meeting. Following two losses at Del Mar, he won the restricted Barretts

Juvenile Stakes at Fairplex Park before going to the sidelines with an


Over the winter, owner David Lanzman switched trainers for Squirtle

Squirt from Joe Garcia to Bobby Frankel.

Frankel expects a win on Monday from Squirtle Squirt, who may be

challenged on the lead by Skip to the Stone.

Trained by Mike Mitchell, Skip to the Stone won the Baldwin Stakes at

Santa Anita in February and the Bay Shore Stakes over seven furlongs at

Aqueduct on April 14, but was last of seven in the Grade 3 Withers

Stakes over a mile at Belmont on May 5.

Frankel did not seem too concerned about Skip to the Stone's chances of

challenging Squirtle Squirt.

"He's just going to get hot and dirty," Frankel said. "That's all he'll


Caller One stays home

Caller One, who won the $2 million Golden Shaheen over six furlongs in

Dubai on March 24, will start in Sunday's Los Angeles Handicap, trainer

James Chapman said.

Chapman considered running Caller One in a $100,000 turf sprint at Lone

Star on Monday, but opted for the six-furlong Los Angeles Handicap.

"He's better now than ever," Chapman said. "He came back from Dubai

heavier than he left."

Words of praise for 2-year-old

Who Loves Aleyna? Apparently, everyone. Ringing endorsements by jockey

Eddie Delahoussaye and new trainer Bruce Headley preceded the private

purchase this week of the 2-year-old filly Who Loves Aleyna by a group

that includes Headley. He said Who Loves Aleyna will point to the Grade

3 Landaluce Stakes on July 7.

In a phone conversation with one of her new owners, George Bolton,

Delahoussaye suggested the filly's stride and build are appropriate for

distances farther than the 4 1/2 furlongs of her May 13 maiden win.

Delahoussaye also expressed a desire to retain the mount. Headley

concurred with Delahoussaye's opinion: "I was impressed that she won

going short, when she's built to go long."

A daughter of Out of Place who was previously trained by David LaCroix

and owned by Barbara LaCroix's Meadowbrook Farm, Who Loves Aleyna is now

owned by a six-member partnership. It includes George and Charlie Bolton

- brothers who owned shares in Headley's durable sprinter Son of a

Pistol - Jeff Davenport, Roger Honour, and Headley. Those five own 18

percent each; a 10 percent share was retained by owner-breeder Barbara


* Victor Espinoza, who through Sunday was tied for sixth in the jockeys'

standings with 12 wins, is serving a three-day suspension this week that

ends on Saturday. Espinoza was cited for failing to keep a straight

course in the sixth race last Friday aboard Calling Ticket, who was

disqualified from second and placed third.

- additional reporting by Brad Free