03/18/2005 12:00AM

A.P. Adventure's career ends

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A.P. Adventure won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes but never reached that height again, losing her last six starts.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Grade 1 winner was among the top 3-year-old fillies last winter at Santa Anita, but after being foiled in her last six starts and finishing a flat fifth March 12 in the Santa Margarita Handicap, she has been retired and sent to Kentucky to be bred to Storm Cat.

Purchased as a 2-year-old for $425,000 by Bob and Beverly Lewis, A.P. Adventure, trained by Wally Dollase, won her first three starts, including the Grade 1 Las Virgenes last February. That would be the highlight of her career. After running sixth in the Kentucky Oaks, she was off more than eight months, and was unable to return to top form.

Lewis said Friday that no plans had been made about whether to sell A.P. Adventure, a daughter of A.P. Indy, in foal or to keep her. Overall, she won 3 races and $355,080 from 9 starts.

Storm Wolf a killer in maiden victory

Trainer Bruce Headley has been warning that his barn is filled with promising maidens. On Wednesday, he unleashed a potential monster when second-time starter Storm Wolf, a colt by Stormin Fever, rocked to a seven-length maiden victory in 1:09.27. The win under Gary Stevens earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 103 that ranks as the fifth-highest in the county this year by a 3-year-old.

Storm Wolf, who races for owners Marsha Naify and Ernie Moody, was purchased for $300,000 at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Kentucky.

"He was the first horse we looked at, in the first barn," said Headley, "and we spent the rest of the sale trying to find one that looked better than him."

It will be difficult to find any that are faster.

"It was sort of like Kona Gold, the way he drew off in his second start," Headley said.

The trainer expects similar improvement Saturday when second-time starter El Roblar runs 6 1/2 furlongs in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-olds. El Roblar won his debut with a Beyer of 83, and should move up a ton.

"He's a different type - he's longer and flat-muscled," Headley said. "He's built for a mile and an eighth."

While their speed figures do not show it, Headley said El Roblar and Storm Wolf are similar in ability.

Headley has upgraded his stable, and has 30 to 35 horses in various partnerships with owner Jess Jackson. His 5-year-old mare Ramautelle, imported from Chile, scored a workmanlike victory Thursday in a mile allowance. It was her second U.S. start, and improved her record to 5 for 5.

As for other young horses, Headley looks forward to the debut of the $600,000 Golden Missile colt Rocket Ready, and said, "There are more. It's going to be a massacre."

Bluesthestandard in claiming race

Bluesthestandard, runner-up in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint, will drop in for a $40,000 claiming price for his next start, trainer Ted West said Friday. Bluesthestandard finished eighth and last in a minor stakes on March 13, his eighth loss since his last win, on Feb. 1, 2004, in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap.

West, who trains the 8-year-old gelding with his son Ted H. West, said Bluesthestandard "needs to win a race. I have to run him where I think he can win."

Bluesthestandard was claimed for $50,000 in December 2002 by owner Jeffrey Sengara, and has since won three graded stakes. West doubts anyone will claim Bluesthestandard.

"He won three-quarters of a million for us, and I don't think anyone wants to take a back seat to that," he said.

A Georgia-bred, Bluesthestandard has won 15 races and $957,818 from 36 starts.

Moscow Burning has minor problem

Grade 2 winner Moscow Burning did not enter the Santa Ana on Sunday because of a back problem, but trainer Jim Cassidy expects her to be ready for the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap on April 17.

"She's just not right, she's not 100 percent, but I can get her right for the next one," Cassidy said.

Moscow Burning has won 8 races and $832,535 from 21 starts, including the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap last May at Belmont Park.

Scrofa takes Irish O'Brien

Scrofa, under Patrick Valenzuela, knifed her way between horses with less than a furlong to go and got up to win Thursday's $140,625 .

The victory in the Irish O'Brien, for California-bred fillies and mares, was the third in the last four starts for Scrofa. She has now won four times since trainer Paul Aguirre claimed her for $62,500 in July at Del Mar.

Scrofa ($6.20) found room one path off the rail and was up in time in to beat front-runner Blind Ambition by a half-length. Our Mango was another three-quarters of a length back in third. Scrofa was timed in 1:13.08 for about 6 1/2 furlongs on firm turf.

Fusaichi Rock Star to hit track again

The San Vicente Stakes winner, Fusaichi Rock Star, will return to the track early next week, the first time he has trained since he got sick last weekend and missed more than a week.

Bob Baffert said the colt will go to the track "as soon as it dries out."

Fusaichi Rock Star raced gate to wire Feb. 13 in the Grade 2, seven-furlong San Vicente, which was his first start of 2005 and second career win from five starts.

* Only seven horses were nominated to the San Pedro on Saturday. Among the nominees for the 6 1/2-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds are stakes winners Chandtrue and High Standards, in addition to El Roblar, Pure as Gold, Ransom Demanded, Talking to John, and White Pine. Kirkendhal continues to battle a foot problem and was not nominated.

* The Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap, a 1 1/2-mile turf race next Sunday, attracted 18 nominations. The leading contenders are Star Over the Bay, Sweet Return, Epicentre, and Kurm.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman