05/10/2005 11:00PM

Andujar sold, changes barns

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Borrego is working well for Saturday's Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, and as his trainer, Beau Greely, points out, "He's not usually a fast work horse."

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Andujar, the impressive winner of an allowance race for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park on April 28, has been acquired privately by Paul Reddam and Mark Schlesinger and transferred to trainer Doug O'Neill.

Andujar previously raced for Darpat SL Stables and was trained by Julio Canani. The purchase price was not disclosed.

"We heard through the grapevine that she was for sale," O'Neill said.

O'Neill said on Wednesday that Andujar, 4, a winner of 2 of 8 starts, will be pointed for the $200,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on June 4. It will be her stakes debut.

Reddam will hold the majority stake, O'Neill said. Reddam has actively bought horses privately in recent years, including Wilko, the winner of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Lone Star Park last October, and Sharp Lisa, the winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita this year. Wilko finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby last weekend.

Andujar was winless in five starts in France last year and has won 2 of 3 races in the United States. She won a maiden race on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on April 7 and her main-track debut on April 28.

By Quiet American, Andujar won the April 28 race by 10 1/2 lengths, dominating a small field.

"I don't know how she could have been any more impressive," O'Neill said. "We're hoping she can be a factor in the older filly-and-mare division."

The Milady will also feature Hollywood Story, who won the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap here last weekend.

Borrego works well for Mervyn LeRoy

Beau Greely, a trainer who is never afraid to ship around the country for a start in important stakes, is staying home this weekend to run Borrego in Saturday's $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap.

Greely is hoping that Borrego will run well enough to justify starts in two more major stakes at this meeting - the $250,000 Californian Stakes on June 18 and the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9.

"Shipping is great if you have the right spot," Greeley said. "If not, and you run poorly, it's no fun. We stable at Hollywood, and that makes this nice."

Borrego, third in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, was scheduled to start in the Oaklawn Handicap in Arkansas last month but was kept in California after spiking a fever.

"That fever only set him back three days, but when you have something like that, you have to wait," Greeley said. "We have all the races here if we run well. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise."

A winner of 3 of 14 starts and $669,060, Borrego is without a stakes win. He was second in the Louisiana, Arkansas, and Super derbies last year.

Greely thinks a breakthrough could come in the Mervyn LeRoy, run at 1 1/16 miles. In the past week, Greely has been encouraged by Borrego's workouts - five furlongs in 1:00 on May 4, the fastest of 18 works at the distance, and a half-mile in 48.60 seconds on Tuesday.

"He's not usually a fast work horse," Greeley said.

Borrego drew post 4 in the LeRoy, the ninth race on Saturday's program. Borrego is the 119-pound highweight in a field that also includes Ace Blue, American Liberty, Anziyan Royalty, El Don, Ender's Shadow, Native Hawk, and Outta Here.

Not in the race is Awesome Dividend, a winner of four consecutive starts. Trainer Bob Baffert said Awesome Dividend, 5, has a suspensory injury and might be retired. The LeRoy was intended to be Awesome Dividend's stakes debut.

"He's gotten hurt," Baffert said. "I don't know if we'll give him time or hope someone wants him as a stallion."

Owned by John and Bettina Deminger, Awesome Dividend has won 6 of 10 starts and $164,020.

Saturday's program is highlighted by the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf. The race has nine runners, including T.H. Approval, the winner of the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita last month; Pellegrino, the winner of the Hollywood Turf Cup last December; and Sarafan, the winner of 10 races and $2.6 million.

Pellegrino and Sarafan are owned by Gary Tanaka and will race as an entry. The race will be the second start of the year for both: Pellegrino was eighth in the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 5, while Sarafan was second in an allowance race at Santa Anita on March 27.

Sarafan, 8, will be making his 46th career start. He's aiming for his first graded stakes win since the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar in July 2002. Since then, he has won two restricted stakes at Del Mar and has made five starts outside of the United States, including a heartbreaking nose loss in the $3.8 million Japan Cup in 2002.

Trainer Neil Drysdale said that Sarafan will be campaigned sparingly this year. "We won't run him that many times this year," he said. "I think that's being sensible."

A third stakes on Saturday is the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap at six furlongs. The field of six includes Forest Grove, the runner-up in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 14.

Roman Ruler on comeback trail

Roman Ruler, once a top Triple Crown prospect, worked three furlongs in 35.60 seconds at Santa Anita on Wednesday, the third-fastest of 20 recorded works at the distance.

Trained by Baffert for Fog City Stable, Roman Ruler was taken off the Triple Crown trail in March because of a persistent quarter crack. Baffert said he is taking a cautious approach to Roman Ruler's campaign. "I'll get him ready and find a race," he said. "He's back. He looks good and he's filled out."

Roman Ruler won two stakes last year, the Best Pal at Del Mar and the Norfolk at Santa Anita. In his only start this year, he finished last of eight in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 19.