03/30/2009 11:00PM

Carlsbad's big win draws new offers


ARCADIA, Calif. - The wickedly fast victory Sunday by undefeated 3-year-old filly Carlsbad in the Grade 3 Santa Paula Stakes did not go unnoticed by potential buyers. The questions now - how high will the offers go, and how far will the filly run?

Owned by Dennis Weir and trained by Jeff Mullins, Carlsbad raced gate to wire in 1:14.65, the second-fastest time of the meet for 6 1/2 furlongs, and earned a huge 103 Beyer Speed Figure.

"They're getting pretty strong offers on her," Mullins said. "There are people trying to buy her thinking they'll run in the Kentucky Oaks."

It is not outrageous. Carlsbad already is 5 for 5, won a two-turn stakes race in Arizona by more than 13 lengths, and would set the pace in any race she runs. A $25,000 supplement would be required for the Oaks.

Sired by the Arizona stallion Rocky Bar, Carlsbad was produced by Kits Peak, a two-turn turf stakes winner for Weir in 1999. The estimated value of Carlsbad is believed to be seven figures.

Mullins will aim for another graded sprint stakes Sunday when Sea of Pleasure makes his first start since June in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"If he runs like he's been working, I think he'll run pretty good," Mullins said.

Sea of Pleasure, who won a two-furlong maiden race by four lengths in 2007, has three successive bullet workouts for five furlongs at Hollywood - 58.40 seconds, 57.60, and 57.80.

A 2-year-old half-sister to Sea of Pleasure named Laura's Pleasure was scheduled to make her debut for Mullins on Wednesday in race 1, but she got sick and was scratched.

Kelly Leak eyes out-of-town stakes

Santa Anita-based 3-year-old Kelly Leak is back home after a $500,000 payday Sunday in the Sunland Park Derby, but the 3-year-old will be on the road again this summer.

"There isn't a whole lot left out here, there's really nothing until the Swaps, and that's in July," trainer Mike Machowsky said, referring to the $300,000 race July 18 at Hollywood Park.

But there are spots around the country for Kelly Leak, who was not nominated to the Triple Crown. They include the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby on May 9 and the $250,000 Iowa Derby on June 26 at Prairie Meadows. Kelly Leak was returning from New Mexico on Tuesday and will train at Santa Anita.

Kelly Leak earned an 87 Beyer at Sunland, and Machowsky is counting his blessings for winning the $400,000 purse plus $100,000 Sunland bonus.

"I'm not going to find another non-graded, $800,000 race," he said.

Mike Smith rode Kelly Leak.

Kelly Leak was disqualified from victory last summer at Del Mar in a Grade 3 stakes, and at the time, Machowsky had another 2-year-old that was training like he could be Kelly Leak's equal. But after winning his only start, Majormotionpicture has not run since.

"He just started back, you'll see him at Hollywood Park," Machowsky said. Before he was sidelined, Majormotionpicture "trained like he could be anything."

'Gabby's' considers for Ky. Oaks

The Santa Anita-to-Sunland ship also worked for the 3-year-old filly Gabby's Golden Gal, the 13-length winner of the $200,000 Sunland Oaks.

"She freaked, huh?" trainer Bob Baffert said.

Yes, she did. Gabby's Golden Gal led at every pole, won in full stride, and earned an 88 Beyer. She is owned and bred by Arnold Zetcher, and Gabby's Golden Gal could be on her way to the first Friday in May.

"She shipped well, and she took to dirt," Baffert said, indicating she might be right at home at Churchill Downs.

Baffert was asked if the Kentucky Oaks was under consideration.

"It's not impossible," he said. "We'll wait a week, see how she reacts, then decide."

Meanwhile, it's back to the drawing board for 3-year-old Zensational, who set a 44.92-second half-mile last Friday in a one-mile allowance race, but ran his final half in about 54 seconds to finish second as the 1-5 favorite.

"We're going to work on getting him to relax, we're going to start at Square A again," Baffert said.

Well Armed targets Del Mar return

Well Armed will get a well-deserved rest when he returns later this week from Dubai, where he won the $6 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday by 14 lengths. Eoin Harty expects the gelding to skip the summer meet at Hollywood, with a possible comeback at Del Mar.

"Without making any serious decisions, I would say his [2009 campaign] would be very similar to what he did last year," Harty said.

In 2008, Well Armed finished third in the Dubai World Cup and returned in July to win the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar followed by a neck loss in the Pacific Classic.

Triumphant Flight stretching out

Triumphant Flight was not cranked for his winning comeback Saturday in the $87,000 San Miguel Stakes.

"I was giving him an out," trainer Eric Kruljac said. "It goes to show a good horse is dangerous in anyone's hands."

Triumphant Flight raced gate to wire, earned a 94 Beyer, and will try stretching from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds on April 25 Hollywood Park for his next start.

"It's a big jump, but for $250,000 I have to take a shot," Kruljac said. Besides, he said, Triumphant Flight is not built like his stakes-winning siblings Jet West, Jetinto Houston, and Jetin Excess - all sprinters. Triumphant Flight is "medium-sized and well-balanced, he's not a big, heavy horse" like his siblings, Kruljac said. Triumphant Flight has 3 wins and 2 seconds from 5 starts.

Supreme Summit to Withers

While trainer Doug O'Neill attempts an improbable feat by training Square Eddie up to the Kentucky Derby, his other top 3-year-old also will get ambitious. Supreme Summit, a three-length allowance winner March 11 with a 101 Beyer, worked a half-mile Tuesday at Hollywood Park and will target the Grade 3 Withers on April 25 at Aqueduct. According to Dennis O'Neill, adviser to his brother, a win by Supreme Summit would earn him a shot in the Preakness.

Clement stakes runners ship out

Tuesday was shipping day for trainer Christophe Clement's California string. Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile winner Gio Ponti, Grade 1-winning sprinter In Summation, and graded stakes-placed 3-year-old filly Haka are headed East. Assistant trainer Nicholas Bachalard said Gio Ponti will get a one-month break, In Summation will be freshened and return for Del Mar, while Haka suffered a setback and is out of training for 60 days.