Updated on 09/15/2011 12:29PM

Caller One won't race Kona Gold just yet


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The proposed Del Mar match race with Kona Gold has been called off, but Caller One will have no easy time of it in the near future.

In the Grade 2, seven-furlong Triple Bend Handicap on Sunday at Hollywood Park, Caller One will face serious heat from 3-year-old speedball Squirtle Squirt. Regardless, trainer Jim Chapman assured that 126-pound highweight Caller One would start.

Said Chapman, "We're running, for sure. For $300,000, we're there." Plans called for Caller One to skip the Triple Bend if the six-furlong match race with Kona Gold was still on. But Tom Robbins, Del Mar's racing secretary said Tuesday plans for the July 21 race have been scrapped.

"Trying to get everybody together on the same page just didn't work out," Robbins said. "It was a longshot at best, and it's not going to happen."

While a showdown between the country's top two sprinters is now delayed until the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 27, Caller One has his work cut out Sunday in the Triple Bend. Both he and Squirtle Squirt are capable of racing the opening half-mile in 43 seconds and change. The question is, who will chase who?

"We won't be chasing," Chapman said. Squirtle Squirt, he said, "needs the lead, and he'll be chasing us. My horse will cruise in 44, and he'll finish. They'll be going full-bore, and I know my horse is faster."

Caller One, winner of the $2 million Golden Shaheen March 24 in Dubai, and Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap in his May 27 comeback, carries 126 pounds under Corey Nakatani. Squirtle Squirt, 5 for 6 at Hollywood and runner-up in the Grade 3 Laz Barrera in his last start, was assigned 114; Laffit Pincay will ride at 115. The possibility of a pace meltdown gives hope to the late-runners, including 2000 Triple Bend winner Elaborate and deep closer Grey Memo, who each carry 118 pounds. Other possible starters include Redattore, Stormy Jack, and Lord Grillo.

Jamaican Rum still on for Swaps

Crafty C.T. ran himself out of consideration for the Grade 1 Swaps Stakes on July 15 by finishing fourth in a two-other-than sprint on Sunday, but Jamaican Rum will train on for the Swaps despite his fourth-place finish in a $60,000 turf stakes Saturday.

Crafty C.T. was compromised by a fast pace in the seven-furlong sprint, in which he ran the opening half-mile in a blistering 44.48 seconds. The race was his first start since finishing second in the Santa Anita Derby in early April, and trainer Howard Zucker said the Swaps has been ruled out. "You can't really think about stretching one out after going 44 and change. We're just going to retool and see where we're at."

Zucker said Crafty C.T. came out of the race fine physically, while Jamaican Rum's trainer, Jim Cassidy, said he could hardly keep Jamaican Rum on the ground after another disappointing effort on the Hollywood turf in the one-mile Manila. "I'm hoping he just didn't handle the course, because he just ran in spots," Cassidy said. "I'm going to train him up to the Swaps; whether he'll run in it or now, I don't know.

Castrating Jamaican Rum, said Cassidy, "is another option."

In recent days, the July 15 Swaps has lost Millennium Wind, Crafty C.T., and Hero's Tribute. With some 17 days still remaining, the Swaps looks like Congaree at odds-on.

One step at a time for Lazy Slusan

Lazy Slusan would emerge as the nation's leading older mare by winning the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on Saturday, but trainer-owner John Dolan is not looking too far down the road. "With a horse like her, when she's going good, you just get what they give you instead of pointing for one Breeders' Cup race." Lazy Slusan, the 122-pound Vanity highweight, will race Saturday with Dolan as sole owner. Co-owner Sam Longo, 94, sold his interest after Lazy Slusan won the Grade 1 Milady on June 3.

Dolan said Lazy Slusan will point for the Grade 3, $600,000 Delaware Handicap on July 22 following the Vanity, and will only plot a fall campaign until after that race. In the Vanity, Lazy Slusan will face Apple Blossom winner Gourmet Girl, improving allowance filly Setareh, and the one Dolan fears most - likely pacesetter Feverish. "Any time they can control the pace in a small field, they're going to be tougher than people think," Dolan said. Feverish is less effective at the mile and an eighth distance of the Vanity, but could be loose on the lead.

In seven races this meet at a 1 1/8 miles, Californian winner Skimming is the only horse who has raced gate to wire. Weight assignments for the Vanity probables: Lazy Slusan, 122; Gourmet Girl, 119; Feverish, 117; Setarah, 114.

Zori still green, according to Bray

She may be the best-bred filly racing Thursday at Hollywood Park, but trainer Simon Bray will be surprised if Zori wins her debut in race 6. The 3-year-old A.P. Indy filly, a half-sister to 1997 champion filly Ajina, has worked well for the 1 1/16-mile dirt race, but has not turned the corner mentally.

"She's been training well, but she's very green, she's a real slow learner," Bray said. He added "she might need the race. By A.P. Indy, out of an Alydar mare, she should be all dirt, but she might be better on turf."

Bray, who scored his first win of the meet on Sunday with Astra, has a better chance in race 5, a 1 1/4-mile turf race in which he starts Flo the Blo. A 4-year-old by Theatrical, Flo the Blo faces R Mclennen in the one-other-than/optional $40,000 claiming race, and will try to end a string of three straight losses by a half-length or less.

"I don't think he's a non-tryer, he's just been a victim of circumstance," Bray said. "The key with him [Thursday] is the stretch-out in distance. He's got no turn of foot, he's just steady." Flo the Blo will have a tactical advantage over R Mclennen, but R Mclennen's strong rally winning a maiden race May 12 in his first start since being gelded makes him appear a formidable rival. R Mclennen is trained by Neil Drysdale.

* Beverly Hills runner-up Happyanunoit will race next in the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap on July 21 at Del Mar, according to trainer Bobby Frankel.

* General Challenge worked a mile Tuesday at Santa Anita in 1:37.40, after which Bob Baffert said he is being pointed for the Grade 2 Bel Air Handicap on June 27. "He'll need the race, but I need to get him ready for the Pacific Classic [Aug. 19 at Del Mar]," Baffert said.

* Go Go was assigned 124 pounds for the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap on Sunday. She carries seven pounds more than Kalookan Queen and Nany's Sweep.