06/27/2007 11:00PM

Treadmill has shown pro style


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The cool style that Treadmill displayed beating maidens in her debut on May 26 left trainer Craig Dollase eager for Saturday's $100,000 Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Treadmill performed like a veteran when she won a five-furlong race by 2 3/4 lengths, stalking the pace to the turn before storming to the front under jockey Corey Nakatani.

"She acted like such a professional, no antics," Dollase said. "She did it the right way."

The victory has left Dollase and owner-breeder Paul Reddam hopeful that Treadmill can be effective in the six-furlong Landaluce - and the other stakes for 2-year-old fillies later this summer.

"She has some class," Dollase said.

Treadmill must improve to win the Landaluce, which has drawn a field of nine, including seven maiden winners. The lone filly with stakes experience is Another Aleyna, who finished second in the 5 1/2-furlong Cinderella Stakes here May 27.

Another Aleyna was beaten 2o3/4 lengths in that race by Wonderful Luck, who is trained by Steve Asmussen. Wonderful Luck has remained in Kentucky, but Asmussen is represented in the Landaluce Stakes by Elocution.

Owned by Bill Heiligbrodt, Elocution beat maidens in her debut at Keeneland in April and was second in an allowance race over five furlongs at Churchill Downs on June 15.

Like Elocution, Treadmill is not a speed-oriented filly.

They should get favorable trips, stalking Billie Bob, a sharp maiden winner May 10, and Ever So Pretty, who led throughout to win a five-furlong maiden race by a neck June 2. Ever So Pretty is a full sister to Stormello, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity last December.

Trainer Peter Miller, who won the 2006 Landaluce with Pinata, is back with Set Play, who has drawn the outside post. Set Play will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza. Nakatani rode Set Play to a victory in a maiden race on June 17, but has stayed with Treadmill.

Set Play won her debut over 5 1/2 furlongs by pulling clear through the final furlong to win by 1 1/2 lengths over The Golden Noodle, who will start in the Landaluce as a maiden.

Miller said he is not discouraged by Set Play's post position.

"She's not real quick out of there, so the post shouldn't be a big deal," Miller said. "I'm expecting her to improve."