12/01/2004 12:00AM

Woodlass should turn luck around


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Woodlass, an unlucky loser the first week of the meet here, gets an excellent chance to atone for that loss when she tops a field of older fillies and mares in Friday's $42,000 featured seventh race at Hollywood Park.

lost by a neck in a similar 1 1/16-mile optional claiming race on Nov. 4, but finished eight lengths in front of the third horse, Gold Player. A repeat of that performance would make the Craig Dollase trainee difficult to defeat.

Of the six runners entered in Friday's race, Woodlass is the only one eligible to be claimed for $62,500. The others, including Gold Player, still have their allowance conditions.

Tarlow, trained by John Shirreffs, is stepping up in class after a victory as the 1-2 favorite against a slightly softer allowance field on Nov. 5. She was well regarded last year at 2, and now seems to finally be coming into her own. Tarlow and Woodlass both train year-round at Hollywood Park, a subtle but significant angle that handicappers are advised to note at this meet.

returns to a softer spot after finishing ninth in the California Cup Distaff on the turf during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita. In addition to the drop in class, she is moving from turf to dirt, stretching out to two turns after sprinting, and adding blinkers. She has a right to improve.

Moonlight Cruise beat a softer allowance field on the turf at Del Mar on Sept. 1. Like Alphabet Kisses, she is moving back to the main track.

Love in Brazil ran poorly in her first start in this country on Sept. 2 on the Del Mar turf. She is also moving back to the dirt.

Also of interest on Friday's card is a 1 1/16-mile allowance race for 2-year-old males, including such well-regarded runners as Chips Are Down and Spanish Chestnut. Both are using Friday's second race as a potential prep for the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18.

Chips Are Down was second in an allowance race on Nov. 14 to Texcess, who won the California Cup Juvenile and is one of the favorites in Saturday's Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. Prior to that, Chips Are Down was second in the Sunny Slope Stakes during the Oak Tree meeting.

Spanish Chestnut, a dazzling winner of his debut at Keeneland, finished second in a stakes race at Lone Star Park in his second start. He is trained by Patrick Biancone, who also entered Lion Cat.

First post for the eight-race card is 12:30 p.m. Pacific.