11/13/2001 12:00AM

Came Home unlikely for Futurity


ARCADIA, Calif. - A Grade 1 showdown among California's three leading 2-year-olds - Siphonic, Came Home, and Officer - may be put on hold, as Came Home's status for the Dec. 15 Hollywood Futurity has gone from probable to doubtful.

"I don't think he's going to run, the way the owners are talking," trainer Paco Gonzalez said Tuesday. "It's too bad, because it's going to be a small field."

Came Home, winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful before finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was expected to try two turns for the first time against Juvenile third-place finisher Siphonic, and California Cup Juvenile runner-up Officer. Instead, Came Home may be put in a holding pattern until the winter meet at Santa Anita. Gonzalez said Came Home came out of the Juvenile in good shape, and will breeze this week regardless of his next race.

"He's feeling too good. I need to take the edge off him," he said, "so I'll probably breeze him a half-mile Wednesday or Thursday."

Came Home, owned by Trudy McCaffery, John Toffan, Will Farish, and John Goodman, won three straight before the Breeders' Cup.

Siphonic will work a half-mile Thursday at Hollywood Park, then turn it up a notch the following week as he prepares for the Futurity.

Bienamado back in training

Long-distance turf star Bienamado returned to Gonzalez's barn at Santa Anita last weekend, after being turned out three months with a splint injury he sustained in the Arlington Million. "The leg looks good, the splint is cold, and if nothing goes wrong, he'll be ready by January," Gonzalez said.

Bienamado, a three-time Grade 1 winner with eight wins and earnings of $1.2 million from 16 starts, could return Jan. 21 in the Grade 2 San Marcos Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on turf, a race he won last year. Consideration is being given to the $2 million Dubai Sheema Classic at 1 1/2 miles on turf in March.

"I nominated to the Dubai race," Gonzalez said. "Let's say he gets lucky and wins the race in Dubai, how many races would he have to win here to win that much money?"

Blueprint will stand in Ireland

Blueprint, a Grade 2 winner in the U.S. and a Group 2 winner in England, will become a jump stallion in Ireland. The 6-year-old Blueprint suffered a career-ending injury days before the Breeders' Cup Turf, and left trainer Bob Hess's barn Tuesday morning. Blueprint was owned by Fog City Stable, which purchased him from the Queen of England. The "Queen's stall" was not empty for long.

National Park, purchased from the Queen by Fog City, arrived last weekend and will make his U.S. debut Nov. 24 in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes at a mile on turf.

"He's better on firm turf, you can tell that by his stride," Hess said.

In addition to National Park, Hess will start two others in the Autumn Turf Festival - longshot Stormin Heaven in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, and Forty on Line in the Grade 3 Miesque for 2-year-old fillies.

Watch for Fashion and Style's debut

Remember the name Fashion and Style. This 2-year-old filly, a half to Grade 1 winner General Challenge by Avenue of Flags, continues to train like something special for Bill Spawr. Owned by Golden Eagle Farm, Fashion and Style will debut early in the Santa Anita meet. "Believe me, she's something special, she's a classy filly to train, she does everything perfect."

Spawr said Notable Career, a 3-year-old full sister to Fashion and Style, will start next in the $75,000 Cat's Cradle Handicap on Nov. 23. Meanwhile, General Challenge continues to recover from a strained tendon he sustained in a mile workout here in June. Golden Eagle manager Walter Solis said General Challenge will go back into training at the end of April.

Romanceishope gets vacation

Romanceishope, whose successful 3-year-old season ended with brutal trips in the Oak Tree Derby and California Cup Classic, will skip the winter meet at Santa Anita and point for a marathon turf campaign next spring.

"He'll definitely get a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half," trainer Jenine Sahadi said. "He'll get the winter off."

Romanceishope made his debut Jan. 7, and won five races and $529,410 from 11 starts, including an upset win in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby.