11/22/2006 12:00AM

Warning Zone dodges his rival

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - When Friday's Grade 3 Generous Stakes was split into two $75,000 divisions, trainer John Sadler breathed a sigh of relief that his Warning Zone was drawn in the race that does not include Whatsthescript.

Whatsthescript outran Warning Zone in the Pinjara Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting last month, and Sadler wanted to avoid him.

As a result, Warning Zone is a top contender in the first division, the fourth race, and Whatsthescript will be favored in the second division, the seventh race. It is the first time since 1991 that the Generous Stakes has been divided. The race, for 2-year-olds, is run over a mile on turf.

Sadler said the luck of the draw has left him expecting a victory by Warning Zone, who races for the Rising Sun Racing Stable.

"He can win and is training unbelievably," Sadler said.

Warning Zone has 1 victory in 3 starts. In the Pinjara Stakes, over a mile on turf, he ran near the front throughout, led in the stretch, and was beaten a half-length by Whatsthescript.

Warning Zone will have company on the lead Friday. Man to Man, who beat maidens on Nov. 3, has speed, as does Quietly Mine, who is making his stakes debut after winning his last two starts, at Belmont Park and Keeneland.

There are three European imports in the first division - Deadshot Keen, Golden Balls, and Optari. Optari has the most encouraging form, having won 2 of 3 starts. In his last start, Optari finished third in the Group 3 Prix de Cabourg in July. The Generous Stakes is his first start since July and first start beyond six furlongs.

Whatsthescript made his U.S. debut in the Pinjara, in which he overcame traffic in the stretch to win by a half-length. The win was his second in four starts.

"He should have won by four or five if he wasn't stuck," said trainer Manny Marques. "He shouldn't have won the way he was stuck, but he's that good."

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Whatsthescript was stakes-placed in Ireland in July before joining Marques's stable.

Whatsthescript has drawn the outside post Friday, but Marques said it isn't a concern.

"It looks bad, but honestly I don't mind, because he can break slow - European-style - and place himself in a good spot," Marques said.

The second division has a two-time stakes winner in Roman Commander, who won the Real Quiet Stakes here Nov. 4 in his last start. The Generous Stakes will be his turf debut.

There are two European imports in Holdin Foldin and Vaunt, both multiple winners. Holdin Foldin was stakes-placed in Scotland in September.

The race marks the American stakes debut of Vauquelin, who beat maidens in his first start in this country at Santa Anita on Oct. 8. Trained by Kathy Walsh, Vauquelin was stakes-placed in England in June.

"It was a maiden race, but he ran in some nice races over there," Walsh said. "We like to give Europeans plenty of time, and hopefully we did."