05/27/2005 11:00PM

Andujar to Milady a wise move


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Last Wednesday, owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill paid $7,000 to supplement Andujar to Monday's Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park. After looking closer at the probable starters for the turf race, though, Reddam and O'Neill decided to pass the Gamely in favor of Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

O'Neill thought the Gamely looked tough even with Grade 1 winner Megahertz passing the race.

"She's versatile enough to run on turf or dirt," O'Neill said of Andujar, a 4-year-old filly. "But we realized it was still a pretty top race. Any time there is a Grade 1 with a big-time favorite out of it, you have to take a look at it."

The $7,000 supplemental entry fee was not refunded. Andujar was nominated to the Milady on the same day for $150.

"I owe him big time anyway for what he's done for my career, but I need to add $7,000 to that," O'Neill said of Reddam.

Saturday, Andujar breezed six furlongs in 1:15.20. The time was not quick, but O'Neill said he was not concerned.

"I sat her off of another horse," O'Neill said. "The kid never moved his hands."

After the work, O'Neill said he was glad to be passing the Gamely in favor of the Milady.

"It was too much of a rush" to make the Gamely, O'Neill said. "We fell back to the strategy we had before."

Andujar was purchased privately by Reddam and Mark Schlesinger in early May and transferred to O'Neill. She was previously trained by Julio Canani.

"She seems like a special filly," O'Neill said. "Keeping her on the dirt is a good move."

In the Milady, she will face a small field expected to include Alphabet Kisses, Hollywood Story, and House of Fortune.

Stormin' Lyon scores third straight

Friday, in his first start in nearly a year, Stormin' Lyon won the restricted $63,150 Bullet Stakes over five furlongs, running down De Valmont and holding off a late rally from Golden Arrow.

Ridden by Roberto Gonzalez, Stormin' Lyon ($11.60) was timed in 55.62 seconds, a course record for a distance that is seldom used.

Stormin' Lyon sat behind De Valmont, who set wicked fractions of 20.71 and 43.49 seconds before fading, and then took the lead in the final furlong. Golden Arrow finished second, a head in front of Billy's Echo in the field of six. De Valmont finished fifth, but was pulled up a furlong after the finish and was vanned off.

The race was restricted to non-winners of a first-place purse of $60,000 in 2004-05.

The win gave Stormin' Lyon his third consecutive victory, a streak that began with the Harry Henson Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf here in April 2004. He won an allowance race on dirt at Bay Meadows last June before undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from a knee. Trained by Brian Koriner, Stormin' Lyon has won 5 of 7 starts and $146,450.

Fong uninjured in spill

Apprentice jockey Freddy Fong Jr. escaped serious injury when he was involved in a one-horse spill in Friday's sixth race. Fong was unseated from Annie's Irish King when the gelding fell while disputing the lead. Annie's Irish King did not appear to have been bumped.

Fong underwent X-rays at Centinela Hospital before being released, said his agent, Jim Pegram.

Fong, 20, has won 6 races from 63 mounts at the meet through Friday.

A $1 million guaranteed pick six

There is a $1 million guaranteed pick six pool on Monday's program, a bet that will include the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap.

The pick six covers the fifth through 10th races, which comprise a sprint for maiden claimers, a claiming race over 1 1/16 miles on turf, a starter allowance over six furlongs, the Gamely, an optional claimer over 7 1/2 furlongs, and a maiden race for turf sprinters.

The track offered a $1 million guaranteed pick six pool in April, but the bet attracted only $930,944. Track management blamed a simulcast dispute with 28 locations as a contributing factor to the shortfall.