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Buzzards Bay out of Gold Cup
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Buzzards Bay, the winner of the Grade 2 Californian Stakes earlier this month, will miss the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on June 30 because of a sore back, trainer Ron Ellis said Sunday.
"He's still a little stiff behind, so well skip it," Ellis said of the Gold Cup. "He's not coming back the way I'd like."
Owned by Gary Broad, Buzzards Bay, 5, was a leading contender for the Gold Cup based on his recent win. A winner of 6 of 18 starts and $1,325,507, Buzzards Bay won the Californian by a nose for his first stakes win since the 2006 Oaklawn Handicap.
Buzzards Bay has dealt with back problems "all along," Ellis said. "We thought he'd get better."
He said Buzzards Bay has not had a workout since the Californian, but has been regularly going to the track for exercise.
Buzzards Bay will be pointed for the $300,000 San Diego Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on July 21 at Del Mar, a prep to the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 19, Ellis said.
"We'll point for the San Diego," Ellis said. "That's our new plan."
Lava Man will gallop before Gold Cup
The Gold Cup field is expected to be led by Lava Man, the race's two-time defending champion. Trainer Doug O'Neill said Sunday that Lava Man will only gallop before the race. Lava Man finished second to After Market in the Charles Whittingham Handicap on turf on June 9. The Whittingham was Lava Man's first start since finishing last in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free Stakes in Dubai in March.
Other probable starters are Molengao, the runner-up in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap here in May; Awesome Gem, the winner of the San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita in January; Bob and John, the winner of the Lone Star Park Handicap on May 28; and Big Booster, the winner of an optional claimer on May 24.
Garrett Gomez has been booked to ride Bob and John.
The race will not include Boboman, the third-place finisher behind Lava Man and Molengao in the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year. Boboman emerged from a fourth-place finish in the Californian with a bone chip in an ankle.
Trainer Richard Mandella said Boboman underwent successful surgery last week to have the bone chip removed.
"It was nothing out of the ordinary," Mandella said of the operation. "He should come back fine."
Anamato to ship from Australia
Anamato, the winner of the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville, Australia, on April 21, is among the international starters for the $750,000 American Oaks here on July 7.
Anamato has won 4 of 17 starts and $638,096. Her trainer, David Hayes, is the leader in Australia by prize money. The Australian season ends on July 31.
Owned by Royce and Julie Ritchie, Anamato will be Hayes's first starter in the United States. "I have always wanted to race a horse in America, so it is a like a dream come true," he wrote in an e-mail last week.
Hayes said he thinks that Anamato will handle Hollywood Park's firm turf course "very, very well."
"With our dry climate, most of our tracks are very firm most of the time," he said.
Because Anamato was bred in the Southern Hemisphere she is eligible for the American Oaks even though she is 4.
The American Oaks has been run five times, and two of the winners were foreign invaders - Dimitrova, the 2003 winner, was based in Ireland that year, and Cesario became the first Japanese-bred filly to win a Grade 1 win in North America with her victory in the 2005 running.
This year's American Oaks is expected to include one Japan-based runner in Robe Decollete, the winner of the Japanese Oaks at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Tokyo Racecourse on May 20.
Three Japanese for CashCall
The $750,000 CashCall Mile for fillies and mares on turf on July 6 is expected to have an outstanding field. Wait a While, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2006, will face fellow American Grade 1 winners Price Tag (2006 Matriarch Stakes) and Dancing Edie (2006 John Mabee Handicap).
They will be challenged by three Japan-based runners - Dia de La Novia, Kiss to Heaven, and Koiuta.
The Japan-based Dance in the Mood won the 2006 CashCall Mile, the first year the race was sponsored by the lending company owned by horse owner Paul Reddam and had its purse increased from $200,000 to $750,000. Prior to 2006, the CashCall Mile was known as the Royal Heroine Stakes.
Invitations to the American Oaks and CashCall Mile will be announced Saturday.
Sadler fined; suspension is stayed
Trainer John Sadler has been fined $7,500 and given a stayed suspension of 15 days after a winner he trained last November at Hollywood Park, Cat and a Half, tested positive for the banned medications hydroxyzine and cetirizine.
The ruling was released on Saturday and was part of a stipulated agreement between Sadler and the California Horse Racing Board. The fine has been paid, according to Sadler.
The 15-day suspension has been stayed on the condition that Sadler have no further positive tests for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 through June 16, 2008. Hydroxyzine and cetirizine are Class 3 medications.
Hydroxyzine, an antihistamine, is used to treat allergies; cetirizine is a metabolite of hydroxyzine.
Cat and a Half won a six-furlong race for $45,000 claimers, earning $20,400 for owner Jim Hatchett Thoroughbred Racing. The Hollywood Park stewards ruled on Sunday that the earnings must be forfeited and the prize money redistributed to the owners of Crosscut, Traffic Update, Indian Chant, and Fresado, the second- through last-place finishers in the race.
The racing board announced over the weekend that it has filed a complaint against trainer Brian Koriner after one of his starters, Black Seventeen, was found to have tested in excess of the permitted levels of procaine. Black Seventeen was tested after he won a six-furlong allowance race by 6 1/2 lengths on May 1, earning $29,400 for a partnership that includes Koriner.
A hearing has not been scheduled in the case. Procaine, an anesthetic that is often used with an antiobiotic, is a Class 3 medication. Trainers with Class 3 violations are subject to fine and/or suspension, and the owners are subject to revocation of purse, pending a hearing.