Gala Goldilocks's stakes victory at Laurel was barely public yesterday when owner Skip Leviton had $7,500 all but spent.

Gala Goldilocks so dominated four other young Maryland-bred fillies in the $75,000 What A Summer Stakes that even Leviton was enlightened. So, he said, $45,000 to the good, a start in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship this month would not only be justifiable but advisable, despite the $7,500 required to supplement his filly for the $150,000 race.

"I was just along for the ride," said Gregg McCarron, who did little but steer Gala Goldilocks to her seven-length victory over Nicki. The 4-5 favorite in a field of five, Gala Goldilocks gave Skip and Gert Leviton their second What A Summer victory; they sent Gala D'Oro off to the win in 1985.

A fourth victory in six tries put Gala Goldilocks's earnings just over $100,000.

Nicki, who had raced only once, was closest to Gala Goldilocks throughout. While McCarron positioned Gala Goldilocks away from the rail, Danny Wright had Nicki further inside, and a quarter-mile into it Nicki moved within a length.

Wright opted not to keep his filly on the rail, however, and, as he pointed Nicki outside, Gala Goldilocks increased her lead.

"If I had gone in there, he {McCarron} could have manipulated me," Wright said. "I had the horse to play with. I didn't have to use her to do what I did."

Nicki nearly got even midway through the turn, while Pennsylvania-based Wide Country made a minor move three-wide and pulled within two lengths. But their bids ended with the stretch, where Gala Goldilocks left them. Nicki held on to second by two lengths over Indian Anthem, who rallied past Wide Country for the show.

An Air Frolic finished 17 lengths behind the winner, but made $2,250 just by lasting. The race issued payoffs to the first (and only) five.

Leehawk, another 2-year-old filly, looked formidable in her surprise victory just before the What A Summer when she raced six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. Gala Goldilocks covered the distance in 1:10 4/5 and finished seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5.

The performance left trainer Bernie Bond with two outstanding young Maryland-breds. Gala Spinaway, a 2-year-old colt, won the Bimelech Stakes at Laurel five weeks ago in the identical time.