08/25/2002 11:00PM

Bosque Redondo to go under knife


DEL MAR, Calif. - Bosque Redondo, who fractured the sesamoid bones in his right front ankle at the finish of Sunday's Pacific Classic at Del Mar, was scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning in an attempt to save him for stud duty.

Sam Bradley, one of the veterinarians who attended to Bosque Redondo following his injury, said on Monday morning that horses with the type of injury suffered by Bosque Redondo have a "60-40" chance of survival.

"As sesamoid fractures go, it's a bad one. Fortunately, it was not a compound fracture," Bradley said. "He fractured both sesamoids. He destroyed the suspensory apparatus for that ankle. That's why the ankle drops to the ground. He's a good candidate for surgery. He's a smart horse."

Bosque Redondo, trained by Paco Gonzalez, spent Sunday night in the Del Mar barn of Jenine Sahadi, where he and stablemate Came Home arrived Sunday morning from Hollywood Park. Came Home went back to Hollywood Park on Sunday night after winning the Pacific Classic. Late Monday morning, Bosque Redondo - who was outfitted with an external splint immediately after being injured - was sent by van to Los Alamitos, where he is scheduled to undergo surgery at the adjacent Equine Medical Center.

Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith is flying in from Colorado to perform the surgery. According to Bradley, the ankle joint will be fused and held together with a metal plate.

Bradley said the injury to Bosque Redondo is "the exact same thing" as the injury suffered last fall by the graded stakes-winning turf horse Manndar, who was injured on the grass at Hollywood Park. Manndar survived the surgery, and less than two months ago was sent to Kentucky, where he will begin stud duty next spring. Bradley said the biggest postoperative concern would be laminitis, a disease brought on by poor circulation in a horse's lower limbs.

Bosque Redondo, a 5-year-old son of Mane Minister who was bred and is owned by Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan, won 6 of 17 starts, including the San Bernardino Handicap on April 6.

An emotionally drained McCaffery was at Sahadi's barn Monday morning, visiting Bosque Redondo. "We'll do everything we can to save this horse. No holds barred," McCaffery said.

"I didn't even see him go down," McCaffery said. "Coming down the stairs, I saw a jockey with yellow silks laying there, and then saw he had a yellow hat, and I knew that's what David was wearing," she said of jockey David Flores. "My knees buckled."

Lady's Secret to be final Cup prep for Azeri

Azeri, the top older female on the West Coast, will have one more start in California before the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Arlington Park on Oct. 26, trainer Laura de Seroux said over the weekend.

The 4-year-old Azeri is being pointed for the $200,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 2, the opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

De Seroux said Azeri has returned to training following her fifth consecutive graded stakes win, the Clement Hirsch Handicap on Aug. 11 at Del Mar.

Following that race, de Seroux had considered skipping the preps with Azeri and going straight to the Breeders' Cup, but has changed her mind.

"I'm inclined to run in the Lady's Secret," she said. "If it could be a nice workout like the Clement Hirsch, it will be a good tightener and I wouldn't have to do much in between. She just cruised in her last race."

Plans are uncertain for Astra, de Seroux's top turf female, who finished second to Golden Apples in the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 17.

De Seroux is worried that Astra needs a firm turf course and that the Arlington Park course may be too soft by late October.

She said a decision will be made in mid-October as to whether Astra tries the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf or is pointed for the Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park in late November.

"I'm fairly certain that she needs the top of the ground," de Seroux said. "She can get stuck in it. She prefers a pool table."

Dublino, the winner of the Del Mar Oaks on Saturday, may be considered for the Filly and Mare Turf, but could also start in the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies on turf at Keeneland on Oct. 12.

Flores back riding Monday

Flores took off his mounts the rest of the day Sunday, but was back in action on Monday. He said he was lucky he was not seriously injured.

"Nate's Colony hit my helmet," said Flores, who tumbled to the dirt when Bosque Redondo broke down.

"Fortunately, we have good helmets. The other day, I got hit on my back and the vest saved me. My neck hurts a little, and my knee, but I'm all right. I feel very lucky today."

New daily TV show in works

Santa Anita is negotiating with KDOC about a daily television program that will be broadcast during the upcoming winter-spring meeting, according to Ed Hannah, the general counsel for parent company Magna Entertainment.

Hannah made his comments at last week's California Horse Racing Board meeting. He said that nothing has been finalized but that tentative plans call for a one- to two-hour program daily. KDOC is an over-the-air station on Channel 56 in the Los Angeles area.

Last spring, Fox Sports Net announced that it would no longer present a daily program from Santa Anita after signing an agreement with TVG, a rival to the Magna-owned Xpressbet wagering system.

o Jockey Joe Steiner has been suspended for three days for causing interference in the third race last Friday. Steiner was cited for failing to maintain a straight course on Cat on Guard, who finished third but was disqualified and placed fourth. The suspension begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.

o Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is appealing a seven-day careless-riding suspension, which was supposed to begin this Friday, according to his agent, Nick Cosato.

o The Pacific Classic ontrack attendance of 36,041 was the third largest in track history, and the overall handle of $21,555,023 was the second best all-time at Del Mar.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen