INGLEWOOD, Calif. &ndash; The leading turf fillies Cozi Rosie and Malibu Pier had alibis when they performed below expectations in the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap last month at Hollywood Park.\r\nCozi Rosie finished third as the favorite; Malibu Pier was a dull fifth as second choice. They meet again Sunday in the Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park, a 1 1/14-mile turf race with ramifications that exceed the $100,000 purse.\r\n&ldquo;This is a pivotal race,&rdquo; Malibu Pier&rsquo;s trainer, Carla Gaines, admits. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re using this as a stepping-stone to get her back.&rdquo;\r\nA similar hope applies to Cozi Rosie. Trainer John Sadler, who is frustrated by her recent losses, replaced Mike Smith with Joel Rosario. Sadler seldom openly criticizes a jockey, and said the move was because Rosario is his main rider. The reason is polite.\r\nAnd yet Smith is main rider for Jerry and Ann Moss, Cozi Rosie&rsquo;s owners. Sunday is the first time the 4-for-11 filly will have another jockey. While she may be positioned closer to the pace with Rosario, Cozi Rosie also may prefer shorter than 1 1/4 miles.\r\nCozi Rosie&rsquo;s last-out rally was negated by the race shape &ndash; front-runners dominated the nine-furlong Gamely. One-run closers perform best when they lag behind a hot pace and blast home. Cozi Rosie&rsquo;s two major wins &ndash; Grade 2 Buena Vista and Grade 3 Senorita &ndash; were mile races in which she rallied from the back.\r\nWhile the 1 1/4 miles and slow pace of the Beverly Hills could prove Cozi Rosie&rsquo;s downfall, both factors benefit Malibu Pier. Her tactical speed produced two graded wins at long distances including 1 1/4 miles. But last out, Malibu Pier tossed in a dud.\r\n&ldquo;I believe she had a legitimate excuse,&rdquo; Gaines said. &ldquo;She wasn&rsquo;t herself, and came out of the race like she didn&rsquo;t even run.&rdquo;\r\nRelatively speaking, Malibu Pier did not run. A winner 5 of 10, Malibu Pier came up completely empty and finished fifth. Gaines declined to state the nature of the publicly glitch, nut said &ldquo;We tried something different, and it did not work.&rdquo;\r\nIn the Beverly Hills, Gaines is confident the unspecified hiccup will not reoccur. &ldquo;It was just an off day,&rdquo; she said. Malibu Pier worked super early this week, and should be long gone under Brice Blanc.\r\nThree other allowance-caliber runners entered &ndash; Neil Drysdale-trained Restless Soul and First Settler, and Timezone.