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Bro Lo sidelined with an ankle chip
ARCADIA, Calif. - Bro Lo, the unbeaten stakes winner, will miss Saturday's Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park after being found to have a bone chip in a hind ankle, trainer Doug O'Neill said on Wednesday.
O'Neill said Bro Lo will miss 90 days because of the injury, which will prevent the colt from starting in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.
"I think it's a fluky thing," O'Neill said. "I'm not going to take any chances. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise. He will have a chance to fill out."
Owned by breeders David and Billie Farr, Bro Lo has started twice. He beat maidens by eight lengths in his debut at Del Mar on July 20 and returned to win the I'm Smokin Stakes over six furlongs for California-breds by 7 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Sept. 5. "I never thought he'd be that kind of horse before he ran," O'Neill said of Bro Lo. "I think he's a smart horse. He knows when to turn it on."
Brother Derek, the third-place finisher of the I'm Smokin Stakes, returned to win the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes last Sunday.
Don't Get Mad being pointed to Malibu
Don't Get Mad, the winner of the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Saturday, will be pointed for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs on Dec. 26, trainer Ron Ellis said.
"He needs a break," Ellis said. "It's been a long year."
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Don't Get Mad has won 5 of 11 starts in his career. The Grade 2 Indiana Derby was his third stakes win of 2005. At Churchill Downs earlier this year, Don't Get Mad won the Derby Trial in April and the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes in June. He was fourth in the Kentucky Derby.
Ellis would like to point Don't Get Mad for the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.
"We'll try to do everything we can to get him there," Ellis said.
Gonzalez has Buckland Manor ready
With only 11 horses in his barn, trainer Paco Gonzalez's stable does not have the same strength it had five or 10 years ago. This year, Gonzalez has one victory in 40 starts.
The stable that campaigned such popular horses as Bien Bien, Bienamado, Came Home, and Free House is now led by the turf miler Buckland Manor.
Gonzalez trains privately for John Toffan. The longtime ownership partnership between Trudy McCaffery and Toffan has been greatly diminished. They share ownership of very few racehorses, with Buckland Manor being one of them.
A 5-year-old, Buckland Manor's last stakes win came in the Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita in December 2003. Since then, he has flirted with winning several of the circuit's top turf races for milers, including a second in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Handicap in March and a third in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap last April.
Saturday, Buckland Manor emerges from a four-month break for a start in the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile. Gonzalez is realistic about long-term goals, but said that if Buckland Manor were to win on Saturday he might start in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.
"He's training very sharp," Gonzalez said. "He's not going to be short.
"John wants to see him run really big in this race. If this race was last week and we had four weeks between races, it would have been better. He's got to run really good [to run in the BC Mile]. We have to see how much it takes from him."
Buckland Manor has not started since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park on May 30. The race was a gamble. Gonzalez knows that Buckland Manor does not fancy the Hollywood Park turf course, but the $369,000 purse made the race hard to pass.
"He hates Hollywood," Gonzalez said. "He didn't run his race, so we sent him home."
Buckland Manor has shown ample speed in his recent works. In four consecutive workouts at five furlongs, Buckland Manor was timed in 58 seconds on Sept. 10, 57.80 on Sept. 16, 58.60 on Sept. 23, and 58.40 under jockey Kent Desormeaux on Sept. 29. In the latter workout, he galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.
In the Oak Tree Mile, Buckland Manor may set the pace in a short field that will include Singletary, the winner of the 2004 BC Mile; Designed for Luck, who won the 2003 Oak Tree Mile; We All Love Aleyna; and Wild Buddy.
A win would provide a spark to Gonzalez's stable. Recently, Toffan sent Gonzalez three more horses. When the first crop by Came Home reaches the track in 2006, Gonzalez is hopeful that some of them are in his stable. "Next year, it might change," he said of his stable's slow season.
Ancient Title lacking a star
Saturday's program features a weak running of the $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade 1 over six furlongs.
The field lacks a major stakes winner from this year. The probable starters include Bear in the Woods, Bilo, Captain Squire, Gotaghostof-achance, Indian Country, McCann's Mojave, and Zanzibar.
Gotaghostofachance and Indian Country must be supplemented for $5,000.
The race will not have Roi Charmant, who suffered a displaced condylar fracture in early September and is out for the year, trainer Mike Machowsky said.
Gutterman named Santa Anita VP of marketing
Allen Gutterman, who directed Hollywood Park's marketing department for six years until being removed from that position in August, has been hired as vice president of marketing at Santa Anita, the track announced.
Gutterman's initial focus will be on the promotion of Santa Anita's winter-spring meeting, which opens Dec. 26.
Santa Anita has been without a marketing director since last December when Michael Gilligan was removed after spending three months on the job.
In early August, Gutterman was the highest ranking of 18 Hollywood Park employees fired. His dismissal came a month after Bay Meadows Land Co. agreed to buy the track from Churchill Downs Inc. The cuts came even though Bay Meadows had not taken over the operation of Hollywood Park at the time. The sale closed in September.
Gutterman also has worked as a marketing executive at racetracks in Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and Texas.
Bombek, Martinez suspended
Jockeys John Bombek and Felipe Martinez have been given three-day suspensions for causing interference in separate races last Sunday.
Bombek was cited for his ride aboard Mrs. C Fields in Sunday's fourth race. Mrs. C Fields finished fifth at 48-1. The suspension begins Sunday and runs through Wednesday.
Martinez was cited for his ride aboard Whilly in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship. Whilly was disqualified and placed fifth after the stewards ruled he had interfered with original fifth-place finisher Sweet Return.
Martinez's suspension covers racing from Oct. 19-21. Last month he was given a 10-day suspension, from Thursday through Oct. 16, for striking another rider during a race at Fairplex Park, the stewards said.