Updated on 09/17/2011 11:11AM

Big plans for 'Fleetstreet'

Trainer Eoin Harty will have a year-round presence in Southern California beginning this fall.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Fleetstreet Dancer, who has been second in three stakes races in the last year, may make his next start in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

O'Neill said the participation of the 5-year-old Fleetstreet Dancer depends on the size of the field for the richest race of the meet. As of Wednesday, there were four probables for the Classic - Candy Ride, Kudos, Medaglia d'Oro, and Milwaukee Brew.

"If it's a short field and we can get part of the purse, we'll take a look at it," O'Neill said.

Fleetstreet Dancer will be a longshot, but is the only member of the prospective field to have raced at this meet.

Fleetstreet Dancer finished second in an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on July 26. Earlier this year, he finished second in the San Carlos Handicap at Golden Gate Fields and second in the Grade 2 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Since being claimed for $40,000 last October by Ty and Lee Leatherman, Fleetstreet Dancer has earned $131,400.

Candy Ride, unbeaten in five races, could be favored in the Pacific Classic, which is run at 1 1/4 miles. Bred in Argentina, Candy Ride has been pointed for the Pacific Classic since winning his United States stakes debut in the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 4.

Publication to miss O'Brien

Publication, second in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park last month, will not start in Sunday's $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap because of a pulled back muscle, trainer Vladimir Cerin said.

"If you're not 100 percent ready to run, why run?" Cerin said. "He has bigger things down the line."

Cerin said Publication will be pointed for the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap at one mile on Sept. 1.

Publication has not finished worse than third in four starts this year, including a second in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Times Handicap at Hollywood Park in May.

The Pat O'Brien at seven furlongs will include Bluesthestandard, Debonair Joe, Disturbingthepeace, Ditch Digger, Full Moon Madness, Rushin' to Altar, and Tough Game.

Full Moon Madness, the winner of four consecutive stakes races over the last 16 months, is the 119-pound topweight. In his lone start of the year, Full Moon Madness won the Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park last month.

Sunday's program also includes the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes, a key prep for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 10.

Perfect Moon, the winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship on July 19, will try for his second stakes win against Badgett's Mandate, Blairs Roarin Star, Capitano, Las Time in Town, Military Mandate, Ruler's Court, Rush into Heaven, and Siphonizer.

There will be ample support for Siphonizer, who won a maiden race at 5 1/2 furlongs in his career debut on Aug. 2.

Last Time in Town is making his first start for Fog City Stable and trainer Jeff Mullins, having been acquired privately following a win in a five-furlong maiden race at Prairie Meadows on June 2. He has been based with Mullins since early July.

Harty to have year-round presence

Trainer Eoin Harty, who trains for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, will have a year-round presence in Southern California beginning this fall, Harty said.

Harty has worked for Sheikh Mohammed for three years. At first Harty only trained 2-year-olds that raced under the Godolphin Racing banner, but this year Harty's barn expanded to include older horses, too, with all the horses racing under the colors of Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud Management.

"We will have a year-round presence under Darley," Harty said. "The boss will still be the same. For me, it means I won't pick up my family every fall and move to Dubai for a few months. I'll still go over in the winter, but for shorter visits."

Among the older horses now racing for Darley Stud is the 3-year-old Valiant Edge, who won a maiden race at Del Mar on Sunday in his second lifetime start. Valiant Edge ran once last year at age 2 for Harty before suffering a knee injury that required surgery.

"I was glad he won. I thought he was my best colt last year," Harty said.

Victory U.S.A. preps for Debutante

Victory U.S.A., a sharp winner of a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies on Aug. 3, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds on Wednesday and is a likely starter for the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante at seven furlongs on Aug. 30, trainer Bob Baffert said.

"She looked awesome," Baffert said.

On Aug. 3, Victory U.S.A. led throughout a six-furlong maiden race, winning by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:10.34.

Baffert said that Dirty Diana, the winner of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes on July 25 and runner-up in the Sorrento Stakes last weekend, may pass the Debutante in favor of the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California-breds at six furlongs on Sept. 3.

Miss Houdini fine following race

Miss Houdini, who returned from a tendon injury to run second in an allowance race on Sunday, "came out of the race very good," according to her trainer, Warren Stute. Miss Houdini had not raced in nearly one year, since her victory in last year's Del Mar Debutante. She was beaten by the improving Coconut Girl.

"She ran a good race," Stute said. "She'll run another day, we hope. It's a race-to-race deal with her. She was going so damn easy I thought she was going to win, but she just got tired."

Coconut Girl is likely to come back in another allowance race before trying stakes competition, according to her trainer, Paul Aguirre.

"I always thought she was a good filly, but she's got some mental issues," Aguirre said. "She's just been neurotic. She's getting better. I thought she'd find a way to lose that race. But Royally Chosen didn't break, and we got a soft trip, and mentally she was better. That had something to do with it."

Aguirre is having a strong meet, which he did not expect after doing well at Hollywood Park.

"I'd like to stop and go home now," he said, joking.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman