07/03/2008 12:00AM

What's not to like about Lethal Heat?


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes at Hollywood Park on Friday afternoon looks like an ideal spot for Lethal Heat - and that really scares trainer Barry Abrams.

"It looks too good," he said. "That always worries me. If she runs her race, she should win. It's not an easy group."

Lethal Heat has won 4 of 5 starts, including the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks on the main track on June 8. The Flawlessly is run at a mile on turf, and Lethal Heat is accomplished on that surface, having won two sprints on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in March.

Lethal Heat made her debut on March 1, and ran three times in March. Her only loss was a third in the Grade 3 Railbird Stakes here on May 11. Abrams said she thrives on racing.

"I hate to be greedy, but she needs to run," Abrams said. "She can work in 1:10, but that wouldn't accomplish anything. My philosophy is it's better to run back than work."

Lethal Heat will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard for the win in the Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. Lethal Heat is likely to stalk the pace, which should give her a good trip in a race that features a field of 12 3-year-old fillies.

As much as Lethal Heat has accomplished, Abrams is concerned about the presence of 2008 stakes winners Starry Pursuit and Sweeter Still.

Starry Pursuit won the Manhattan Beach Stakes at six furlongs on turf on May 31, her fourth win in five starts. Starry Pursuit's only loss was an eighth-place finish in the Grade 2 Providencia Stakes at a mile on turf at Santa Anita in April when she failed to take the lead.

Starry Pursuit's ability to run long is unclear, but not a major concern for Dan Ward, assistant trainer to Jerry Hollendorfer.

"I think she's got more ability than she's shown," Ward said.

Trainer Jeff Mullins has three starters - Final Fling, Runforthemoneybaby, and Sweeter Still - and is encouraged by all three.

"Honestly, I can't pick one," Mullins said.

Final Fling was second in the Melair Stakes on April 27. Runforthemoneybaby, the winner of the 2007 California Cup Juvenile Fillies, finished second in a six-furlong optional claimer on turf on May 30, her first start of the year.

Sweeter Still won the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes at a mile on turf on May 10.

"I think that's her optimum distance," Mullins said. "She's as game as she can be."