04/29/2004 11:00PM

Atswhatimtalknbout out for year


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Atswhatimtalknbout, who has not started since finishing fourth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby, will not race this year, trainer Ron Ellis said Friday.

Atswhatimtalknbout has fought through a foot problem and a lung infection in recent months. In coming days, he will be turned out at owner B. Wayne Hughes's farm in Malibu, Calif., for six weeks with the intent of being prepared for a 2005 campaign, Ellis said.

A severe abscess and dead tissue in a front foot prevented Atswhatimtalknbout from undergoing serious training earlier this year. The condition of the foot has improved, but time is running out for a fall campaign, Ellis said.

"He will be back in the middle of June," Ellis said. "We weren't going to be able to run him in the Breeders' Cup. It will take four or five months to get him ready. We might as well give him time at the farm."

Atswhatimtalknbout has won two of six starts and $209,120, but has yet to win a stakes. In the spring of 2003, Atswhatimtalknbout finished second in the San Felipe Stakes and fourth in the Santa Anita Derby. In the Kentucky Derby, Atswhatimtalknbout rallied from 12th in a field of 16 to finish two lengths behind Funny Cide.

Meteor Storm, Rhythm Mad target Murray

Meteor Storm and Rhythm Mad, the first two finishers in the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita on April 18, are being considered for the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap, one of three major stakes at Hollywood Park on May 8.

The Murray is run over 1 1/2 miles on turf, about a quarter-mile shorter than the marathon San Juan Capistrano.

The Murray had only 11 nominees. Other probable starters are Ballingarry, Continental Red, Gassan Royal, and Runaway Dancer.

The program also includes two $150,000 races on the main track - the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade 3 Los Angeles Times Handicap at six furlongs.

The Mervyn LeRoy candidates are Olmodavor, Saint Buddy, Star Cross, The Eden, and Total Impact, the defending champion. The Eden was considered for Saturday's Inglewood Handicap but was not entered.

The Los Angeles Times Handicap is run over six furlongs. Hombre Rapido, the defending champion, returns against Rojo Toro. The race has 22 nominees, but few confirmed runners as of Friday.

The top race on May 9 is the $250,000 Vanity Handicap, the first Grade 1 race of the meeting.

Adoration, the winner of the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap in March and the Breeders' Cup Distaff last October, is the top candidate in what is expected to be a short field.

Run at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, the Vanity drew only eight nominations. As of Friday, only Star Parade, the winner of the Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita in February, and Victory Encounter, the winner of the El Encino Stakes in January, were listed as probable.

Chandtrue headed for sprint stakes

Chandtrue and Swiss Please, debut winners this past week, are bound for 2-year-old stakes.

Chandtrue scored a brilliant win in Thursday's eighth race, zipping 4 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 50.83 seconds. The final time just missed Bridge of Royalty's 1995 track record of 50.59.

Trained by Bob Hess Jr. for Harold Greene of North Carolina, Chandtrue led throughout, scoring by 4 1/2 lengths over 12-1 I'll Prey for You.

Hess said Chandtrue will return in the $75,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes over five furlongs on May 23. Hess and Greene do not expect Chandtrue to stretch out. The colt is by the sprinter Yes It's True and out of the Crafty Prospector mare Chandelle.

"I think he'll be a nice sprinter," Hess said. "He's by a stallion that's a sprinter, and the dam has thrown all sprinters."

Hess had considered sending Chandtrue to Kentucky for a maiden race at Keeneland and for Saturday's Three Chimneys Juvenile at Churchill Downs. He canceled those plans when Chandtrue went off his feed after a workout.

"We'll stay at home base," Hess said.

Greene paid $130,000 for Chandtrue at the Keeneland September yearling sale last fall.

Nursery next for Swiss Please

Swiss Please is bound for the Nursery Stakes on May 16 after winning the fourth race on Wednesday.

Trained by Mike Harrington for Keith and Joy VanderHouwen, Swiss Please ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.89 seconds, finishing two lengths in front of Maria's Posada. The five-furlong Nursery Stakes is the first stakes for 2-year-olds at the Hollywood Park meeting.

"It's a little sooner than I'd like, but I'll run her if she's doing well," Harrington said. "She's well-bred. The people that broke her liked her."

Swiss Please surprised Harrington when she worked three furlongs in 34.40 seconds last Sunday.

"The last work blew me away. She wasn't supposed to work that fast," he said. "I don't work my 2-year-olds that fast."

Swiss Please is a full sister to Dave the Dude, who won the $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for California-breds last September at Del Mar. Dave the Dude subsequently suffered a leg injury and is unlikely to race again, Harrington said.

Injury delays Echo Eddie's comeback

Echo Eddie, a winner of 10 of 29 starts and $1,044,354, has had his 2004 campaign postponed because of a recent injury, trainer Darrell Vienna said.

Echo Eddie was near a comeback in mid-April when the injury was detected.

"We've had a setback," Vienna said. "He'll be out for three months."

Echo Eddie, 7, has not started since finishing second in the Big Jag Handicap at Bay Meadows last September. Owned by David Milch, Echo Eddie finished second in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai in 2002.

Ruis drops appeal, will serve suspension

Apprentice jockey Mick Ruis, who through Thursday was tied for second in the jockey standings with five wins, has dropped an appeal of a three-day suspension he received for careless riding on April 21.

Ruis was cited for causing interference in a turf race in which his mount was disqualified from third and placed fourth.

Ruis will not ride on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Through Thursday, Corey Nakatani led all riders with 10 wins.