International Field Forms for American Oaks
Date Posted: 6/29/2003 6:42:10 PM

(from Hollywood Park notes)
French imports Liska and Welcome Millenium worked on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday in preparation for the second running of the $750,000 American Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on grass Saturday.

Liska worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 under Victor Espinoza, pinch-hitting for Kent Desormeaux. Liska, an Irish-bred filly, joined the Laura de Seroux stable in May after three starts in France this year.

Liska's form is similar to that of Dublino, who crossed the wire first in the inaugural running of the American Oaks for de Seroux and Desormeaux, but was disqualified and placed second for interference in the stretch with Megahertz.

Liska began her career with a maiden victory at Maisons-Laffitte March 14. She returned to finish second in the Prix de Croissy March 30 and third in the Prix Vanteaux Stakes (Fr-III) April 27, both at Longchamps, before being purchased by Berry Gordy's Vistas Stable, Marsha Naify and Robert Geringer.

De Seroux also supervised a gallop on the turf following regular workers by Golden Nepi, who cleared quarantine Friday after being flown to California from Italy on Wednesday. Golden Nepi is being kept in an isolation barn and will be sent to UC Davis for 15 days following the race before joining the de Seroux stable. Golden Nepi, also an Irish-bred, won the Italian 1000 Guineas (Italy-II) in her last start April 27.

Welcome Millenium, who joined the Ron McAnally stable a month ago, worked seven furlongs in 1:31.60 under Alex Solis, in company with Fairly Ransom as owner Arnold Zetcher watched. The French-bred filly finished fourth in a Group I stake at Longchamps in her last outing May 11. A field of 14 is probable after racing secretary Martin Panza issued an invitation to Star Vega, winner of the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita for trainer Jim Cassidy.

The probable lineup: Achnasheen (Goncalino Almeida), Atlantic Ocean (Patrick Valenzuela), Dimitrova (David Flores), Fortuitous (Victor Espinoza), Gal O Gal (Chris DeCarlo), Go For Glamour (no rider), Golden Nepi (Jose Valdivia, Jr.), Liska (Desormeaux), Meridiana (Tyler Baze), Personal Legend (Corey Nakatani), Sand Springs (Mark Guidry), Santa Catarina (Gary Stevens), Star Vega (no rider) and Welcome Millenium (Solis).

German star Meridiana cleared quarantine Sunday and was transferred to the isolation barn after being flown across the Atlantic on Friday. Aleta Blume, daughter of trainer Hans Blume, will saddle the daughter of Lomitas, runner-up in the 1993 Shoemaker Mile. Meridiana won the Group I Italian Oaks in her last start May 18. Irish invader Dimitrova is scheduled to arrive Monday and clear quarantine on Wednesday. The Swain filly finished third in the Group I Irish 1000 Guineas May 25 in her last start for trainer Dermot Weld.

Eastern invitees Achnasheen, Fortuitous, Gal O Gal, Personal Legend and Sand Springs are scheduled to be flown here on Monday.

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