03/07/2002 12:00AM

Bosque Redondo won't hold back


ARCADIA, Calif. - Bosque Redondo did not come close to Reba's Gold in a classified allowance race one month ago, but there are reasons to believe the outcome might be different Saturday at Santa Anita in the $75,000 Tokyo City Handicap.

Six older horses race a mile on dirt in the Tokyo City, race 4 on a card that features the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks (race 7). Longshots include Anstar, Discreet Hero, Jon Dool, and Most Likely. The wagering will center on Reba's Gold and Bosque Redondo. Dan Hendricks-trained Reba's Gold will be the 116-pound starting highweight following his nose decision over Sky Jack, but Bosque Redondo's trainer, Paco Gonzalez, sees a different scenario unfolding Saturday.

Bosque Redondo, Gonzalez said, "is a horse that likes to run close to the pace, he needs to be right there. You have to put him into the race." Bosque Redondo was not aggressively ridden last time, fell off the pace, raced wide, and failed to reach contention. He is reunited Saturday with Chris McCarron, who has ridden the 5-year-old in all four career victories. Bosque Redondo has earned $190,860 from 11 starts for Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan.

The possibility of a tepid pace would play to the the favor of Reba's Gold. He parlayed a slow pace into a pace-pressing win last out, his fifth win from 19 starts for Alex Trebek's Creston Farms. Reba's Gold has earned $230,280 and will be ridden again by Eddie Delahoussaye.

Grey Memo bound for Godolphin Mile

Another leading California-bred has accepted an invitation to race March 23 in Dubai. Grey Memo will race in the $1 million Godolphin Mile, part of the Dubai World Cup undercard. Grey Memo joins the top Cal-bred sprinter Echo Eddie, who will race in the $2 million Golden Shaheen at six furlongs.

Grey Memo, third-place finisher Sunday in the Grade 1 San Carlos Handicap, is trained by Warren Stute, 80. A late-running gray, he has won six of 33 races and earned $569,659. Stute said Gary Stevens will ride Grey Memo in the one-mile dirt race. Stute hopes the long stretch at Nad Al Sheba plays to Grey Memo's style. "They say it's a three-eighths of a mile stretch, and they're probably his caliber," Stute said. "Of course, there might be a gangbuster in there." Locally based Blade Prospector also is pointing for the Godolphin Mile.

Filigree keeps on earning

Trainer John Dolan talked himself out of retiring Filigree earlier this year after the 7-year-old mare sent him positive signals in her training. The decision has given Filigree a chance to pad her career statistics.

"I was tempted to breed her, but she was doing well and I held off," said Dolan, part of the partnership that owns Filigree.

On Wednesday, Filigree rewarded the partners with a victory in a $64,044 allowance race over six furlongs. She won by a half-length over Madame Pietra in 1:09.65, with Farah Love third and Love at Noon, the 2-5 favorite, finishing fourth in the field of five fillies and mares.

The fourth-place finish of Love at Noon sent shock waves through the tote system. Of the $339,653 bet to show, $308,765 was bet on Love at Noon. As a result, Filigree, who paid $18 to win, returned $17.20 to show. Madame Pietra paid $23 to show, and Farah Love returned $36.40.

Dolan said that Filigree, a winner of 10 of 38 starts and $472,317, will race through 2002 and be retired next year.

"She's had some physical problems I've had to deal with," Dolan said. "She's getting a little long in the tooth."

Love at Noon's loss stung trainer Bob Baffert.

"She was in a good spot and she just flattened out," he said. "I didn't realize they bet so much to show on her. I usually don't let those guys down."

Irish Prize staying home

Irish Prize, the winner of the San Gabriel Handicap and San Marcos Stakes at this meeting, will not contest the $2 million Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba on March 23, his trainer, Neil Drysdale, said.

The decision was reached after Irish Prize finished seventh in the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile last weekend. Irish Prize was at the back of the field throughout and never threatened the race's winner, Decarchy.

"The race wasn't run to suit him," Drysdale said.

Irish Prize will be pointed for the Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds on March 24.

I Love Silver in mid-break

I Love Silver, who finished third in the Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, is in the middle of a brief vacation, according to his trainer, Dean Greenman. The 4-year-old I Love Silver was turned out in late February and will stay on the farm for another week or two.

When he returns, I Love Silver will be pointed for the $150,000 Churchill Downs Handicap over seven furlongs on May 4, the day of the Kentucky Derby.

Desormeaux vs. Espinoza draws fines

Jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Victor Espinoza have been fined by the stewards for "unprofessional conduct" following the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on Saturday.

Desormeaux, who won the race on Decarchy, and Espinoza, third on Designed For Luck, were shouting at each other after the finish of the race, and struck each other with their whips.

Desormeaux received a $500 fine; Espinoza was fined $250.

- Jockey Brice Blanc became a first-time father Thursday at 4:30 a.m. when his wife, Molly, delivered a baby boy at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. The seven-pound, three-ounce boy has been named Jarret Maxime. The Blancs were married last June.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen