10/09/2005 11:00PM

Captain Squire to run Cup Day


ARCADIA, Calif. - Captain Squire, the winner of Saturday's Grade 1 , is being pointed for a major race on Breeders' Cup Day at Belmont Park on Oct. 29, but the actual race will be chosen closer to the date.

Owners Bob Bone and Jeff Deiner and trainer Jeff Mullins will decide between the Breeders' Cup Sprint at six furlongs and the $250,000 Sport Page Handicap at seven furlongs.

Saturday, Captain Squire won the six-furlong Ancient Title by a half-length, leading throughout. It was his second consecutive victory since returning from a layoff of more than 14 months, caused by knee problems.

"He's back and better than ever," Mullins said. "He ran like the horse we know he is, but we just didn't expect to see again."

During the lengthy break, Captain Squire underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed. A previously unknown knee fracture was detected during the surgery.

"It was something we couldn't detect" before the surgery, Mullins said. "They saw it when they went in to operate."

Captain Squire, 6, has won 8 of 25 starts and $1,031,765. He was seventh in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint. The Ancient Title was his first stakes win since the Sunshine Millions Sprint in January 2003 and first win in a graded stakes since the Laz Barrera Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2002.

The 2002 Laz Barrera was Bone's first graded stakes win; Sunday's Ancient Title was his first in a Grade 1. "He's been a fun horse," Mullins said.

BC Mile will be Singletary's last race

Singletary's attempt at a defense of his Breeders' Cup Mile win is likely to be his last race, trainer Don Chatlos said over the weekend.

"That's it," Chatlos said. "Our run will be over."

For Chatlos, who trains 14 horses, Singletary has been a milestone horse. The 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile remains by far Chatlos's biggest win.

"This horse has made my career," said Chatlos. "He's done more than we ever thought he'd do."

Chatlos said that no stud deal has been finalized. "A lot of people are waiting for the Breeders' Cup to see what happens," he said.

Singletary scored an outstanding win in Saturday's Grade 2 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, gliding past five rivals in the final quarter-mile to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Designed for Luck.

The race marked Singletary's second stakes win of 2005 and ended a two-race losing streak. The victory gave Chatlos confidence to start Singletary in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Chatlos said he would have been reluctant to ship to Belmont Park if Singletary had run poorly Saturday.

There is still the matter of taking on the red-hot Leroidesanimaux in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"I'll be excited when I take him off the van and into the stall at Belmont Park," Chatlos said of Singletary. "I know a one-turn mile at Belmont will work for him. He has so much tactical speed."

Baze returns from suspension

Ending a tumultuous week that saw him suspended for failing a breathalyzer test in Indiana on Oct. 1, jockey Tyler Baze returned Saturday, winning with one of his four rides at Santa Anita.

Baze was suspended for seven days by stewards at Hoosier Park for failing the breathalyzer test before the Indiana Derby. Last week, Baze began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He said he also took a break to go fishing.

"I'm feeling 100 percent," he said Saturday. "I'm trying to take care of some things in my life and get on the right path."

Baze won Saturday's ninth race aboard KC Nite Mayr ($11) for trainer Jay Robbins.

"It felt good," Baze said of the win. "The trainers supported me. It was exciting to win that race. It was helpful."

Flores will finish month at Keeneland

Jockey David Flores will ride at Keeneland for the rest of the month, he said Saturday.

Flores, 37, said he intends to return to Santa Anita for the final weekend of the Oak Tree meeting, from Nov. 2-6. The $1.3 million California Cup program on Nov. 6 is the highlight of the final week.

"I just want to go," he said of Keeneland. "It's a good meeting with good purses, and I want to give it a shot."

Flores said it is unclear whether he will stay in California for the Hollywood Park meeting that begins in November or ride at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

Earlier this year, Flores intended to ride in Japan during the spring, but the trip did not occur after he suffered an elbow injury in a spill.

Valenzuela gets three-day suspension

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela has been suspended three days for causing interference in the sixth race last Thursday. Valenzuela was aboard Dealer Choice, who was disqualified from first to eighth for causing interference in the stretch.

Valenzuela's suspension runs from Thursday through Saturday. Through Sunday, he was second in the jockey standings with 10 wins.

Choctaw Nation, Wild Fit work

Mullins worked Choctaw Nation and Wild Fit on Monday in preparation for the Breeders' Cup.

Choctaw Nation, a two-time winner of the San Diego Handicap, worked five furlongs in 1:01. Owned by Bone, Choctaw Nation is being pointed for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. He finished third in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap here on Oct. 1.

Wild Fit, bound for the BC Juvenile Fillies, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60. A 2-year-old filly, she won the Del Mar Debutante in August and was second in the Oak Leaf Stakes on Oct. 1, her first loss.

Diamond Omi, the winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes and a candidate for the BC Juvenile Fillies, worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds on Monday. Diamond Omi is trained by Bob Baffert.

Nakatani switches agents

Jockey Corey Nakatani has switched agents, and jockey Rene Douglas may be on the verge of doing the same. Sunday, Nakatani and Nick Cosato "parted ways," according to Cosato. Nakatani immediately hired Bob Meldahl, who had represented him in the past.

Meldahl also represents Rene Douglas. Meldahl asked Douglas if he could represent two riders, but Douglas was not warm to the idea, Meldahl said. When asked who will represent him, Douglas said, "I have no idea. I'm up in the air right now."