06/18/2006 11:00PM

American Oaks start uncertain for Attima

Shining Energy, taking the American Beauty, will start in the CashCall Mile on July 1.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Attima, the top 3-year-old filly in Southern California, is one of 14 invitees to the $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 2, but her participation is in doubt, trainer Julio Canani said on Sunday.

Canani said that Attima has been slow to bounce back after her win in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 4. He said she did not eat well for a few days after that race but has acted better in the last week.

Attima has worked once since the Honeymoon, going a half-mile on June 16.

"I'll breeze her one more time," Canani said. "I'm concerned that she keeps eating and things like that. I play everything by ear."

The 14 invitations to the Grade 1 American Oaks were issued on Sunday to 3-year-old fillies from six countries.

Aside from Attima, the locally based hopefuls include Foxysox, Proxenia, and Galileo's Star, who were second through fourth in the Honeymoon Handicap; and Sol Mi Fa, who won the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Oaks in her U.S. debut on May 29.

The shippers from other circuits are Lady of Venice, the winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs; Perilous Pursuit, who won the Late Bloomer Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11; the unbeaten Pine Island, who has yet to run in a stakes; and Wait a While, winner of the Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park on June 3.

The international team is led by Dionisia, who won Sunday's Group 1 Italian Oaks. The others are Arravale, a two-time stakes winner from Canada; the Japanese stakes winner Asahi Rising; Fauvelia, a stakes-placed filly from France; and Queen Cleopatra, who was third in the French Oaks on June 11 and is trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien.

The list of starters is subject to change. Since the race was launched in 2002, the list of starters has changed between the time that invitations were issued and race day because of injuries or a change of heart by owners and trainers.

Shining Energy headed to CashCall

Canani said on Sunday that he will run the multiple stakes winner Shining Energy in the $750,000 CashCall Mile on turf on July 1.

The winner of her last two starts, the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita in April and the Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes here on May 29, Shining Energy was one of 12 fillies and mares who received invitations on Sunday to the Grade 3 CashCall Mile.

The race was previously run as the Royal Heroine Stakes, but was renamed after receiving a cash infusion from CashCall, a loan company whose president is prominent horse owner Paul Reddam.

The CashCall's probable starters are dominated by fillies and mares from the United States.

The fillies and mares from other American circuits are a strong group, including Flying Glitter, a three-time stakes winner trained by Ronny Werner; Gorella, who won the Just a Game Breeders' Cup Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10; Sweet Talker, who has won four consecutive stakes in the last nine months; and Wend, a four-time stakes winner trained by Bill Mott.

Aside from Shining Energy, the California-based fillies and mares include Cambiocorsa, who is on a seven-race winning streak; Dancing Edie, the runner-up in the Gamely; Hollywood Story, a three-times stakes winner who has never won on turf; Karen's Caper, a stakes winner in England last year who is in training with Bobby Frankel; and Toupie, who was third in a minor stakes here earlier this month.

There are only two fillies from other countries: Dance in the Mood and Luas Line, both of whom have raced here. Dance in the Mood, of Japan, was second in the 2004 American Oaks. Luas Line, of Ireland, was fourth in the 2005 American Oaks. Luas Line is entered in the Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot on Wednesday.

Ticker Tape out indefinitely after surgery

Ticker Tape is missing from the list of invitations for the $750,000 CashCall Mile. The winner of the 2004 American Oaks and one of the leading turf females in California in the last few years, Ticker Tape underwent surgery last week to have two screws inserted in a cannon bone and is out indefinitely, trainer Jim Cassidy said. The injury was detected following a seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes here on May 29.

"It wasn't right" after the race, Cassidy said of Ticker Tape's cannon bone. "We had it X-rayed and saw a crack."

Owned by James Peyton's Forging Oaks Farm, Ticker Tape has won 8 of 31 starts and $1,452,396. Her lone stakes win this year came in the minor Tuzla Stakes in January. In addition to the American Oaks, she won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in 2004.

Cassidy is hopeful that Ticker Tape can return to racing. He said that Peyton had instructed him to "get her straightened out and we'll talk. I'm hoping she can make it back."

Valenzuela banned for interference

Leading jockey Patrick Valenzuela has been suspended for three days for causing interference in Saturday's first race.

Valenzuela rode Mezuzah, who finished first but was disqualified and placed second for drifting out in the stretch and bumping the runner-up, Maxxi Arte. The stewards reversed the order of finish.

Valenzuela's suspension begins on June 25 and continues for the following two racing days, June 29 and 30.

Through Sunday, Valenzuela led all riders with 44 winners.

Nakatani due back Thursday

Jockey Corey Nakatani is expected to return to riding on Thursday after being shaken up in a spill last Friday.

Nakatani was unseated in the Flame Thrower Stakes when Bear in the Woods fell in early stretch. Nakatani did not ride Saturday or Sunday and is not booked to ride Wednesday.

"I'm a little bit stiff and sore," Nakatani said on Sunday. "I'll start riding on Thursday."

Nakatani said that his neck was sore and that he jammed a finger on his hand. He said he had a precautionary doctor's appointment on Monday.

"I'll be back," he said. "It's nothing serious."

Four of six pays off

Wins by the longshots Potential ($131.20) and Deputy Kris ($67.80) on Saturday led to a rare consolation pick six payoff for ticket-holders with four of six winners. Consolation tickets were worth $355.20.

Saturday's $1 late pick four returned $110,253.40, the highest payoff of the meeting. The pick six had a carryover of $156,727 to Sunday. Sunday's pick six returned $99,206.