05/08/2002 11:00PM

Well-bet juvenile returns

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - When Global Finance won a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs on April 24, the victory was overshadowed by a six-figure win bet that made her odds plummet from 9-2 to 2-5.

Lost in the excitement of the apparent gambling coup was a promising debut around one turn for Global Finance, who drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths.

The win makes her the favorite for Saturday's $65,000 Nursery Stakes at Hollywood Park and could give trainer Jerry Dutton his fourth win in the race in the last seven years. His previous winners were Starry Ice (1996), Wired to Fly (1999), and Golden Ballet (2000).

Global Finance has run twice for Dutton and his wife, Barbara. By End Sweep, Global Finance debuted with a seventh-place finish in a two-furlong race at Santa Anita on March 27, which Dutton quickly excused.

"Over a quarter mile, I don't think she liked that," Dutton said. "I think she'll be a lot better for this race."

Run over five furlongs for fillies, the Nursery Stakes is the first stakes of the year for 2-year-olds in Southern California.

Of the nine fillies entered, four won maiden races over two furlongs at Santa Anita and two - Global Finance and Singing Swiss - have scored over 4 1/2 furlongs since this meeting started on April 24.

Global Finance won a special weight race for California-breds, while Swinging Swiss won a maiden race for $40,000 claimers on April 25. Swinging Swiss won by 1 1/4 lengths after having a three-length lead in early stretch. There is little suspense to her running style, trainer Mike Harrington said.

"She goes as fast as she can as long as she can," Harrington said.

From the list of two-furlong winners, Forthelifeofme and Newport Nikki will attract support. Forthelifeofme won by a head as the favorite in her career debut on April 17 and is trained by Bruce Headley. Newport Nikki failed to win in two starts, both against males over two furlongs at Santa Anita. She was beaten a head on March 22 and by a length on April 12.

Global Finance, who drew post 6, has already shown the ability to pass fillies, having come from fourth on the turn to win on April 24. One concern for Dutton is the switch from jockey Kent Desormeaux to David Flores. Desormeaux is riding in Texas on Saturday.

"I'd like to get someone who could ride all the time, but they're chasing big money out of town," Dutton said.

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