10/08/2003 11:00PM

Affluent, winner of 6 graded stakes, retired


ARCADIA, Calif. - Affluent, a winner of six graded stakes and a millionaire for owner-breeder Jan Whitham, has been retired, trainer Ron McAnally said Thursday.

Affluent made her final start in the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 13, finishing third. Her final stakes win was the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita in January, which marked the third consecutive year in which she won a Grade 1 race.

In recent months, Affluent had been considered a candidate for the Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita on Nov. 9, but McAnally said he was not pleased with her recent training.

He said that Affluent, 5, had shown signs of stiffness in recent months, prompting the decision to end her racing career.

"At Del Mar, she got a little stiff and wasn't training that good," McAnally said. "We got her up here and she was different. We breezed her once and she breezed good, but she got a little stiff. I called Jan and said, 'I think it's time.' She agreed."

A winner of 8 of 23 starts and $1,497,651, Affluent won major stakes each year from 2001-2003.

As a 3-year-old in 2001, she won three stakes, including two Grade 1's - the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on turf at Keeneland and the seven-furlong La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.

Last year, she won the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap on turf at Del Mar. The Santa Monica was her lone stakes win in four starts this year.

Affluent may have had more wins in her career had it not been for the presence of Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year. The two met six times in 2002 and this year, and Affluent never finished in front of the champion. In three consecutive major stakes in 2002, they finished first and second - the Apple Blossom, Milady, and Vanity handicaps.

McAnally said that Whitham has not finalized breeding plans.

Dixie High to enter Juvenile Fillies

Dixie High, who won her first stakes in the Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park on Sept. 20, will be pre-entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, trainer Adam Kitchingman said.

Dixie High worked seven furlongs Thursday in 1:24.40, which clinched the decision to pre-enter, Kitchingman said. Dixie High had an illness after her victory in the Barretts Debutante, and Kitchingman wanted to see a strong workout before proceeding.

Kitchingman timed Dixie High's first half-mile in 48.40 and her six furlongs in 1:12.60. He was pleased with the way she finished the final furlong in under 12 seconds.

"That's an impressive work, to finish the last eighth in 11 and 4," he said.

Owned by Bill Peeples, Dixie High has won 2 of 3 starts, including a six-length win in a maiden race at Del Mar on Sept. 1.

The Juvenile Fillies field is led by Halfbridled, the winner of the Del Mar Debutante and Oak Leaf Stakes.

Another leading contender is Class Above, a 16-length winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park on Sept. 13. She worked seven furlongs in 1:24.40 on Wednesday.

Solar Echo suffers ankle bone chip

Solar Echo, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in August, is out of training because of a bone chip in an ankle, McAnally said.

Owned by Whitham, Solar Echo is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday and will be away from racing until early 2004, McAnally said.

"It's not real bad, but I wouldn't be able to sleep if something happened to her," McAnally said. "To me, she's probably as good of a 3-year-old filly as I've seen around."

Solar Echo was under consideration for Saturday's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland when the injury was detected.

The injury is likely to eliminate her chances of running in the three-race La Canada series at Santa Anita this winter. Solar Echo has won 3 of 5 starts and $165,200. The Del Mar Oaks was her stakes debut.

Joey Franco finished for the year

Joey Franco, a four-time stakes winner this year, is being rested until 2004 after a fourth-place finish in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap last weekend.

Joey Franco finished 4 3/4 lengths behind race winner Pleasantly Perfect, and will reappear during the Santa Anita winter meeting, trainer Darrell Vienna said.

"It will be a short break," Vienna said. "He's just 4, and we don't want to squeeze all the juice out of him."

Joey Franco had been under consideration for the California Cup, but Vienna said the Classic, at 1 1/8 miles, and the Mile, on turf, may not suit the colt.

"I don't know if he wants to go that far and I don't know if he wants the turf," Vienna said.

Perfect Moon locks on Delta Jackpot

Perfect Moon, third in the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita last Sunday, is being pointed for the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs in December, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Perfect Moon is not nominated to the Breeders' Cup and would have to be supplemented to the Juvenile.

O'Neill said that Avanzado, the winner of the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap last Sunday, will skip the Breeders' Cup Sprint and will be pointed for the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 29.

Excessivepleasure, the winner of the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park last weekend, will run in the $150,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Nov. 16, O'Neill said.

"We want to take advantage of one more 3-year-olds-only race," O'Neill said.

Fogelsonger nursing hand injury

Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger was off his mounts for the second consecutive day Thursday because of a hand injury suffered during workouts at Hollywood Park on Tuesday.

According to his agent, Michelle Barsotti, Fogelsonger was scheduled to have a doctor's examination on Thursday, but was expected to return to riding on Saturday. He is booked to ride in six of the nine races Saturday.

* Katdogawn, the winner of the San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar in August, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Thursday. She is being considered for the Matriach Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 30. The Matriarch was shortened to a mile this year.