03/30/2005 1:00AM

Two tune up for future stakes


ARCADIA, Calif. - won a stakes in the U.S. last year, and Zanzibar won one in Argentina.

Friday at Santa Anita, they start in separate allowance races, but a return to the stakes ranks could be imminent.

Mea Domina, who won the Harold Ramser Handicap here last fall, will go favored in a $65,000 allowance race over a mile on turf for fillies and mares.

Trained by Ron McAnally for Janis Whitham, Mea Domina, 4, will be trying for her second consecutive win and fourth win in her last five starts. Undefeated in three starts on turf, Mea Domina won an allowance race over a mile on turf here Jan. 26.

McAnally was desperate for Friday's allowance race to fill.

"That's about the fifth time I've entered her" for an allowance race, said a frustrated McAnally. "I know she's a good filly. We just needed to get a race for her."

Mea Domina has five opponents on Friday, including Shezsospirtual, the winner of the Glendale Stakes at Turf Paradise on Feb. 26; Rinky Dink, the winner of the Group 1 Australasian Oaks in Australia in May 2004; and Addario, a four-time winner in Ireland last year who is making her U.S. debut.

Mea Domina can race near the front, or from a stalking position, which should give jockey Gary Stevens ample options. McAnally said Mea Domina is likely to return to stakes at Hollywood Park this spring.

"If all goes well, we'll have to look at that," McAnally said. "She'll be out of conditions."

, a 4-year-old Argentine-bred, will make his U.S. debut in a $56,000 allowance race over six furlongs in the second race. Trained by Bruce Headley, who co-owns the colt with Stonestreet Stable, Zanzibar is unbeaten in three starts, but has not started in more than a year.

In the first three months of 2004 in Argentina, Zanzibar won a maiden race by 13 lengths, a Group 2 over about five furlongs, and a Group 1 - the Gran Premio Santiago Luro - over about six furlongs. All three races were on dirt.

Zanzibar has drawn the rail in Friday's race and will be ridden by Stevens. In Argentina, Zanzibar showed speed in each start, which could be vital to winning on Friday. Zanzibar could face early pressure from Rojo Toro and Wild Babe, both of whom are in the midst of lengthy losing streaks.

A fast pace would help Woke Up Dreamin and Siphonizer, the winner of the 2003 Del Mar Futurity.