07/05/2002 12:00AM

This year, Dollase has Momentum


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - After practicing the walk from the box seats to the winner's circle following the Hollywood Gold Cup last year, trainer Craig Dollase is ready to do it for real on July 14.

Last year, Dollase watched Futural finish first and be placed third after causing interference.

Next Sunday, Dollase is back in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup with Momentum, who was racing on turf in England at this time last year.

The 4-year-old Momentum will have the same role that Futural did last year: a logical contender who must beat a Bobby Frankel-trained favorite. Last year, Aptitude and Skimming raced as an entry for Frankel and were place first and second after the disqualification. This year, the Frankel-trained Milwaukee Brew, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap and Californian Stakes, will be the favorite.

The Gold Cup will be the richest race in Momentum's career.

On Friday, Momentum worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 under jockey Garrett Gomez.

"We didn't ask for much," Gomez said. "I was pleased with what I felt."

Starting a length behind a workmate, Momentum raced wide throughout, drew even on the turn, and finished 2 1/2 lengths in front.

"It was literally a breeze," Dollase said.

Owned by Paul Reddam, Momentum won the Native Diver Handicap last December in his first start on dirt. This year, he has had mixed form. He was fifth in the San Fernando Stakes and pulled up in the Strub Stakes because of foot problems. After a three-month break, he returned to finish second in an allowance race and third in the

Grade 2 Californian, losing by a length after a wide trip.

Milwaukee Brew and Momentum will not have many opponents in the Gold Cup, run over 1 1/4 miles. The other probables are Dollar Bill, Macaneo, Out of Mind, and Sky Jack.

"He's a very versatile horse that can be on the lead or off the pace," Gomez said of Momentum. "A short field could help him."

The Gold Cup is the main race on a program with two other important races - the $500,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds and the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap for female sprinters.

Came Home, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby and the June 23 Affirmed Handicap, heads a small field in the Swaps that figures to include Battler Bob, Fonz's, Like a Hero, Sugar Babe, and Tracemark.

The A Gleam Handicap, run over seven furlongs, will feature Irguns Angel, Palmarola, Secret Liaison, Skywriting, and Song of Summer.

Tough act to follow

Tizbud, a full brother to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, makes his career debut in Sunday's third race, a six-furlong maiden race for California-breds.

Owned by Cee's Stable, Tizbud is trained by John Sadler, who took over the care of the 3-year-old after the owners parted ways with Jay Robbins, who trained Tiznow.

Tiznow was retired last fall after his victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park. The 2000 Horse of the Year, he stands at stud in Kentucky.

Tizbud drew the outside and will be ridden by Victor Espinoza. Tizbud shows a series of strong works over the track, including six furlongs in 1:12.40 from the gate on June 30.

On Sunday, Tizbud is part of a strong field that includes Brownstone and Robert's Tribute, both of whom finished second in maiden races at this meeting. Juan, who finished first in a sprint for maiden claimers at Santa Anita in February but was disqualified and placed second, starts from the rail.

Apprentice hurt in spill

Apprentice jockey Omar Figueroa was hospitalized on Thursday after his mount in the seventh race crashed into the inside rail of the turf course.

Marcutio, Figueroa's mount in a one-mile turf race, was running in mid-pack when he struck the rail and fell. More than 50 feet of the rail came apart in the accident. It was repaired in time for the next turf race, an hour later.

Figueroa was checked for possible injuries to his right wrist and elbow and left forearm. He was taken off his three mounts for Friday's program.

From Oaks to Oaks

Linda Eder, who failed to draw into Saturday's $500,000 American Oaks from the also-eligible list, will be pointed to the $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park on July 20, trainer David Hofmans said.

The 3-year-old Linda Eder won an optional claimer against older fillies and mares over 1 1/2 miles on turf on June 20, her second win in 10 career starts. She is owned by Jerry Frankel.

Hofmans said he made the decision to run Linda Eder in the CCA Oaks after watching only four fillies start in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 29.

"We ought to give it a shot," he said. "She beat older fillies the other day and has run well on dirt."

Last year, Hofmans started Starrer in the Coaching Club American Oaks, but she stumbled at the start and unseated her rider.

Eddie D. off his mounts

Eddie Delahousaye took off his mounts for a second consecutive day on Thursday after suffering from an infection that caused swelling in his face.

Delahoussaye has a history of sinus problems that have kept him out of action, but said he was told by a doctor that this was not a related illness.

"I had some inflammation through some kind of infection, and it blew up from there," Delahoussaye said. "The swelling has gone down. It was up near my eye and that was scary, but it's moved lower."