01/03/2007 1:00AM

Cambiocorsa's future in doubt


ARCADIA, Calif. - Cambiocorsa was the queen of the Santa Anita downhill course, but she may have surrendered her title Monday by finishing seventh in the Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap. It was the fourth loss from her last five starts, and stumped trainer Doug O'Neill and owners Ty Leatherman and Robert Naiff.

"She looks okay and came out fine," O'Neill said. Cambiocorsa, however, was scheduled to ship Wednesday to Magali Farm in Santa Ynez for a battery of tests to determine her future - either on the track or in the breeding shed.

"The owners love her and want to do what's right," O'Neill said. "Whether that means retiring her or running her, we'll make that decision after the tests."

Cambiocorsa won eight straight on the downhill course, including a Grade 3 in September, but subsequently finished third as the 1-5 favorite in the Cal Cup Distaff on the hill last fall, followed by successive off-the-board finishes at Hollywood Park and again Monday on the hill. Cambiocorsa, 5, has won 9 of 18 and $522,055.

O'Neill said Lava Man remains on target for the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf on Jan. 27, after which the gelding will be considered for the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on turf on the March 31 Dubai World Cup undercard.

"That's a strong option," O'Neill said.

Owned by Steve and David Kenly and Jason Wood, Lava Man has won 14 races and more than $3.8 million from 35 starts. In four starts outside California, Lava Man has finished no higher than seventh.

King's Drama's injury superficial

King's Drama escaped serious injury winning the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap on Sunday, despite an eventful stretch run. King's Drama sustained a nasty cut on a rear leg when third-place finisher Hendrix, ridden by Corey Nakatani, tried to split horses at the eighth pole, was blocked, then swung out and raked a rear leg of King's Drama.

"It looked serious, but I think he'll be okay," trainer Bobby Frankel said, adding that the cut did not take stitches. "It could have been worse, and would have been too bad to give a horse all that time, get him good, and have something happen that's not his fault."

King's Drama had been off more than six months when he won the 1o1/8-mile San Gabriel, his 10th win from 30 starts.

"He's a nice old horse, he should have a good year," Frankel said, adding the 7-year-old might skip the next leg of the winter turf series at Santa Anita. That is the Grade 2, 1o1/4-mile San Marcos Stakes on Jan. 21, in which Notable Guest could make his U.S. debut for Frankel.

Notable Guest is a 6-year-old with 4 wins, including a Group 3, from 15 starts. Frankel planned to start Notable Guest during the fall meet at Hollywood, but said the horse was uncomfortable on the turf there.

Meanwhile, Frankel has postponed comebacks by two top 4-year-olds. Proudinsky, winner of the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby in November, will not return until later in the year because of unspecified "minor" issues. On Board Again, runner-up in two Grade 3 races in fall and a candidate for the Sunshine Millions Classic, had filling in a leg that will delay his return.

Idiot Proof points to Millions Dash

Idiot Proof, whose debut romp was among the most impressive maiden wins by a 2-year-old during the spring-summer meet at Hollywood Park, is nearing his 3-year-old debut. The California-bred Idiot Proof will go on the road for his comeback.

Trainer Cliff Sise and owners Pam and Marty Wygod plan to ship Idiot Proof and Cal Breeders third-place finisher Complexity to Gulfstream Park for the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash for 3-year-olds on Jan. 27. Idiot Proof won his June 1 debut by 7 3/4 lengths, earning an 82 Beyer Speed Figure. He fractured a tibia and has not raced since, but is training well for his return.

"He worked in 59.40 and galloped out in 1:12 flat," Sise said.

The colt's stablemate Complexity will have a condition edge in Florida. He battled on a severe pace (44.30 seconds) in the seven-furlong Cal Breeders on Dec. 26, and only weakened late to finish third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Pirates Deputy. Sise said multiple stakes winner Gn. Group Meeting, owned and bred by Larry Williams, also will ship to Florida for the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint.

Double Major, the beaten favorite Dec. 29 in the Cal Breeders filly division, lost a shoe in the race, according to Sise. She will stay home and run six furlongs in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks for fillies on Jan. 28.

'Derek' possible for San Fernando

Brother Derek came out of his seventh-place finish in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 in good shape, trainer Dan Hendricks said Wednesday, and could stretch back out to his preferred two-turn trip for the second leg of the Strub Series for 4-year-olds. That is the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 13.

"We're going to nominate, look at the race, and see what we think," Hendricks said.

The trainer's improving 3-year-old filly Sekira worked five furlongs Wednesday at Hollywood in 1:00.80 and is aiming for the Grade 2, seven-furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 15. Sekira followed her maiden win on Nov. 25 with an allowance win on Dec. 13.

Santa Ysabel coming up soft

A modest field of 3-year-old fillies will run Saturday in the Grade 3, 1o1/16-mile Santa Ysabel Stakes, after which the division will gain two Grade 1 winners. Hollywood Starlet winner Romance Is Diane and Oak Leaf Stakes winner Cash Included are both targeting the Grade 1 Las Virgenes on Feb. 10.

The field for the Santa Ysabel will include Kimmy Potter, making her first start for Doug O'Neill, front-runner Mistical Plan, and Baroness Thatcher.

*Declan's Moon was assigned high weight of 118 pounds for the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap, also on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile race for older horses will include Dixie Meister, Preachinatthebar, Spellbinder, Buckland Manor, and first-time gelding That's an Outrage.