06/30/2007 12:00AM

Anamato works slow and easy for Oaks


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Anamato, the star filly from Australia, worked a mile at Hollywood Park on Saturday for the $750,000 American Oaks on Saturday. But the workout will not appear on the official workout report.

Anamato was timed in 1:48.60, a time that was too slow to be recognized. Generally, a time of 1:45.80 or quicker is needed for a workout to be recognized.

For Anamato, the slow workout was business as usual in the buildup to the Grade 1 Oaks, which is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

A winner of 4 of 17 starts and $638,672, Anamato has not shown American-style quick workouts since she arrived in California in late June. She worked a mile in 1:45.20 on June 20.

"We don't ever start that quick," said assistant trainer John Cornell, who accompanied the filly to California. "We let them start slowly and build up."

Trained by leading Australian trainer David Hayes, Anamato is one of 10 probable starters in the sixth running of the American Oaks. She will attempt to become the first Australian-based filly to win the race.

Valbenny, the winner of four stakes since November, is the best hope for the local fillies. In fact, there is only one other California-based probable starter, Mystic Soul, who was third to Valbenny in the Honeymoon BC Handicap on June 9.

Audacious Chloe, Baroness Thatcher, Communique, and Panty Raid will ship from other American circuits. Robe Decollete has arrived from Japan. Two Europeans, Just Little and Supposition, are expected by midweek.

Zoning In shows turf ability

Zoning In is bound for the $100,000 Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 10 after winning his second stakes in Friday's $89,950 Captain Squire Handicap for 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Zoning In led throughout the six furlongs, holding off a late run from 6-5 favorite Noble Court to win by a neck. Zoning In ($10.20) was timed in 1:08.81, and won for the first time on turf.

"This horse can run on turf, dirt, short or long," trainer Ed Moger Jr. said.

Owned by Curt and Lila Lanning, Zoning In has won 3 of 12 starts and $209,282, far surpassing his $17,000 purchase price at the Barretts October yearling sale in 2005.

Sky Cape coming off huge upset

Sky Cape was 71-1 when he upset the highly regarded Booted in a maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs May 20.

When he starts in Wednesday's $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, Sky Cape will be a longshot again, but this time bettors will have more respect. Not only did he win his debut, but Sky Cape has also returned to work well. Friday at Hollywood Park, he zipped a half-mile in 46.20 seconds, the fastest of 51 recorded works at the distance.

Sky Cape worked behind stablemates and swooped past them in the stretch.

"He came out of the last race really settled," said trainer and co-owner Kristin Mulhall. "He has a good head on him. I think he grew up a lot out of that last race."

Mulhall said Sky Cape is not as flashy in the mornings if he duels with another horse. "If he works head to head with another horse, he works a little dull," Mulhall said.

Sky Cape is unlikely to lead in the six-furlong Juvenile.

The Juvenile field is led by the maiden Booted, and the maiden winners Leonides and Salute the Sarge. Other probable starters in an expected field of nine are Kinetic Motion, Kris the Red, Overextended, Sierra Sunset, and Whatever Whenever.

The only probable starter with stakes experience is Kinetic Motion, who finished second in the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star on June 9.

After Market works for Eddie Read

After Market, the winner of the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 9, worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Saturday and remains on course for the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 22.

After Market's workout time was not particularly fast, but trainer John Shirreffs said that is common from the 4-year-old colt.

"I don't think he's much of a morning horse and I don't think he's that comfortable on the Cushion Track," he said of Hollywood Park's synthetic surface. "He looks sensational."

Owned by breeders Marty and Pam Wygod, After Market has won 6 of 10 starts and $403,685. He won the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at 1 1/16 miles in April.

Shirreffs said the Arlington Million at Arlington Park on Aug. 11 remains After Market's summertime goal.