06/05/2003 11:00PM

Wacky Patty still unproven


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Wacky Patty is unbeaten in two starts, including the Nursery Stakes on May 11. To owner-trainer Jim Chapman, she still has something to prove.

"She's ordinary," he said. "She hasn't run against anyone yet."

Wacky Patty can prove Chapman wrong when she starts in Sunday's $75,000 Cinderella Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over 5 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood Park. The race is a prep for the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes over six furlongs on July 4.

"If she can get through this race and the Landaluce, she'll be worth a lot of money," he said. "Right now, she's not worth much."

Wacky Patty is the lone stakes winner in a field of nine, but is no standout. The race features Yogi's Polar Bear, a maiden who was the runner-up in the Nursery, and two fillies who were impressive debut maiden winners and are certain to attract support: Dirty Diana and Hot Weekend.

Dirty Diana was trained by Roger Stein when she won a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs by seven lengths on April 24. She has since been acquired by a partnership and turned over to trainer Bob Baffert.

Hot Weekend won a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs by three lengths on May 15 in the quick time of 51.33 seconds. "That was a pretty big effort," trainer Doug O'Neill said.

By Summer Squall, Hot Weekend will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, who also rode Dirty Diana in her debut.

"He could have ridden about three, and he's chosen to ride us," O'Neill said.

Hot Weekend led throughout her maiden race and may be on the pace in the Cinderella.

"I think the game plan is to go," O'Neill said. "If the pace is suicidal, hopefully we can take back."

Race strategy is difficult to assess. Most of the fillies led or disputed the pace in their last starts. Chapman is hoping that Wacky Patty does not need the lead. She broke from the rail in the Nursery Stakes over five furlongs and was forced to the front to avoid getting shuffled back through the field.

Wacky Patty has drawn post 3 in the Cinderella, but the distance of 5 1/2 furlongs allows more time for a race to unfold. "She doesn't have to be on the lead," Chapman said.

One filly expected to be on the lead is Dirty Diana, who drew the rail. She has worked well since joining Baffert's stable in early May and was held out of the Nursery in favor of this race.