11/21/2003 12:00AM

Cajun Beat breezes for Malibu - maybe


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It was Friday morning, and trainer Steve Margolis was still sweating the tough beat he took the previous afternoon when one of his horses, Adele Lucille, finished a narrowly beaten second in a maiden claiming race at Churchill Downs.

Margolis was moderately upset that the horse who finished third in the race appeared to slightly impede Adele Lucille's rally.

"The other horse was shying from the whip and coming out on us," said Margolis. "We would've won if we'd had a better trip."

Seconds later, Margolis turned his attention to a matter of far greater importance.

"Here he comes," said Margolis.

Margolis was focusing on Cajun Beat, the star sprinter who was gathering steam toward the half-mile pole in what would be his first workout since his 22-1 upset in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

Just a few minutes later, after Cajun Beat had breezed a half-mile in 47.80 seconds over a fast surface, Margolis seemed quite satisfied.

"Galloped out good and came back good," he said. "That's what we wanted."

Margolis, along with owners Satish Sanan, and John and Joe Iracane, said after the BC Sprint that they probably would send Cajun Beat back to Santa Anita for the Grade 1, $250,000 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26. But Margolis said Friday that those plans are not set in stone. Cajun Beat will be flown to Margolis' winter base at the Palm Meadows training center in south Florida on Dec. 3, and shortly after Cajun Beat is allowed to settle into his surroundings, a decision on the seven-furlong Malibu will be made.

"We just want to see how he does, have him tell us how he's doing once we get down there," said Margolis. "Our other option is the Mr. Prospector" - a $100,000, six-furlong race at Gulfstream on Jan. 3 - "and we'd go in that if we think it'd be easier than making that long ship. But obviously, the Malibu has more money and is more prestigious, so we're going to weigh our options."

Cajun Beat will be ridden again by Cornelio Velasquez wherever he runs next.

Tenpins ready for Clark

Tenpins, the Midwest handicap star who will be second choice to Medaglia d'Oro in the $500,000 Clark Handicap on Friday, was guided through a sharp work Thursday by Pat Day, who had never ridden Tenpins. A winner of 9 of 15 starts and over $1.1 million, Tenpins went five furlongs in a bullet 59.60 seconds.

"I was quite impressed with him," said Day.

"We're going into the race with no excuses, that's for sure," said trainer Don Winfree.

Tenpins and Medaglia d'Oro will be part of what is shaping up as a field of 12 to 14 for the Grade 2 Clark. Weight assignments for the Clark and its sister race, the $300,000 Falls City Handicap on Thursday, were to be released Saturday.

The Cliff's Edge works

The Cliff's Edge, the runaway winner of the Nov. 2 Iroquois Stakes and the probable favorite for the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on Nov. 29, had his final blowout for the closing-day co-feature, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.60 here Friday for trainer Nick Zito.

Zito also had El Prado Rob, his hopeful for the Nov. 29 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, out for a five-furlong work Friday at Churchill.

El Prado Rob went in 1:01.60.

The Cliff's Edge is one of at least six colts and geldings that Churchill officials are expecting for the 1 1/16-mile KJC Stakes. The others are Commendation, Gran Prospect, Mach Speed, Proper Prado, Scat Sam Man, and "probably a few more," said racing secretary Doug Bredar.

Bredar said the field for the $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes, the KJC's sister race, which will be run closing day, also should grow in the coming days. Confirmed starters for the Golden Rod are Galloping Gal, Lotta Kim, Penny's Fortune, Secret Romance, Sheer Luck, Stellar Jayne, and Turn to Lass.

Flying Jazz tops feature

With so many stakes coming up, the richest race Sunday at Churchill is a $50,000 turf allowance that occupies the customary race-9 feature slot on a 10-race program. Flying Jazz, who was moving fastest of all at the conclusion of a similar two-other-than allowance Nov. 1, could be the one to beat with Day aboard for trainer John T. Ward Jr.

Three other allowances (races 4, 5, and 7) also are carded for Sunday, the 23rd of 27 fall programs. First post is 12:40 p.m.

* Several members of the Professional Bull Riders tour were out for a lengthy visit Friday morning on the Churchill backstretch, where they made quick friends with Pat Day and Carl Nafzger, both of whom were rodeo riders before becoming stars in the racing industry.

Among the visitors were Chris Shivers, a Jonesville, La., native who is a superstar on the PBR tour. Shivers has earned nearly $2.7 million in the last six years.

* Alejandro Marcial is a recent arrival to the Kentucky jockey colony. Marcial, a seven-pound apprentice from Mexico, has been working horses in recent days after recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in a spill at Colonial Downs. Brittany Nachand, who will work as Marcial's agent, said the rider is looking to build business for the Turfway Park meet that starts Nov. 30.

Another recent arrival is Deirdre Panas, a 12-year veteran who started her career in New Jersey before moving to Texas. Panas has been competing recently at Hoosier Park and also plans to ride regularly at Turfway.