01/24/2006 12:00AM

Charmo takes a great leap

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Choctaw Nation has been sold for an undisclosed price to an owner in Saudi Arabia and is expected to run next overseas in the Godolphin Mile.

ARCADIA, Calif. - It is too soon to compare a second-condition allowance winner to a horse that won the Breeders' Cup Mile, but don't tell trainer Julio Canani. He trained Silic to victory in the 1999 BC Mile, and has another budding turf miler in Charmo, who will jump into a Grade 1 after a sharp two-other-than allowance win last Saturday at Santa Anita.

Racing one mile, Charmo ran his final quarter-mile in about 22.50 seconds despite losing a shoe at the eighth pole. "Silic did the same thing the first time I ran him," Canani said. "I hope it's an omen."

Imported from France last fall, Charmo has won 3 of 4 for Canani and owner David Milch, and Canani said the 5-year-old would run next in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 4. It's a big jump in class, but the division is not exactly teeming with stars.

The turf rails were at eight feet when Charmo ran a mile Saturday in 1:33.44; the rails were at 30 feet Friday when Terroplane won a classified allowance at one mile in 1:34.04. Terroplane ran his final quarter-mile in about 22.30 seconds. If Charmo and Terroplane both run in the Kilroe, one of them will need a new rider. Garrett Gomez rode both horses to victory. The $300,000 Kilroe also is expected to attract Milk It Mick, who finished second behind The Tin Man on Sunday in the Grade 2 San Marcos at 1 1/4 miles.

Choctaw Nation to Dubai after sale

Choctaw Nation, the most lucrative claim of 2004 by owner Robert Bone and trainer Jeff Mullins, has been sold to an undisclosed Saudi Arabian owner after earning more than $1 million in 13 starts since he was claimed for just $40,000 in his debut. Mullins said he will train Choctaw Nation up to the Godolphin Mile, and he expected the new owner to keep the 6-year-old gelding in Dubai after the race. The sale price was undisclosed.

"Whatever [Bone] sold him for will go back into the game," Mullins said, referring to Bone's claiming, buying, and sales activity.

Choctaw Nation was claimed from Bruce Headley on Feb. 29, 2004 and won his next four starts, including the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap. Choctaw Nation scored a repeat victory in the Grade 2 San Diego last summer, and overall won 5 of 13 starts for Bone. Choctaw Nation finished seventh last time out in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap, which was his first start on turf.

Hot apprentice may relocate

Jockey Martin Garcia, the northern California-based apprentice whose 26 wins this year rank second in the nation, is contemplating a move to Southern California. Garcia, 20, worked three horses Tuesday at Santa Anita for trainers Cliff Sise, Brian Koriner, and John Sadler. Garcia said Tuesday was a day for introductions to Southern California horsemen and to "see what I can do" at Santa Anita.

Garcia, who said he weighs 106 pounds, stopped short of committing to relocation. He plans to return to Santa Anita next week to work more horses before deciding whether to make the move or ride the Golden Gate Fields meet that begins Feb. 8.

Garcia has won with more than 30 percent of his mounts (33 of 108) at the Bay Meadows meet that began Dec. 26. Garcia entered the week ranked second in the standings behind Russell Baze (36-33), but because of eight days of suspensions, Garcia will not resume riding until Sunday.

Cindago out with fractured knee

One of the fastest 3-year-old maiden winners of winter is off the Derby trail. Cindago came out of a five-furlong workout Jan. 14 with a hairline fracture in his right knee and will be sidelined 90 days, according to trainer John Sadler. Cindago earned a 97 Beyer Figure on opening day, winning a sprint race over next-start winners Latent Heat and Point Determined.

Sadler said surgery was not required, and he expects a full recovery. Cindago, by Indian Charlie, was purchased for $900,000 at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.

Two options for Super Frolic

Super Frolic has resumed a steady work pattern and is expected to return next weekend in either the Donn Handicap on Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park or the San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 5 at Santa Anita. Super Frolic finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic, then had his training pattern interrupted when he did not work from Dec. 18 to Jan. 13.

The 6-year-old had his first comeback workout Jan. 13, when he went a half-mile, followed by a five-furlong work Jan. 19. Trainer Vladimir Cerin said Super Frolic would work six furlongs Thursday, then have a final pre-race blowout next week.

'Kitten' okay after odd stretch run

Karlee's Kitten has returned to her Hollywood Park home, none the worse after a strange race Saturday at Turf Paradise. Karlee's Kitten opened a five-length lead in the stretch of the $40,000 Sun Devil Stakes for 3-year-old fillies when disaster struck. Favored at 3-5, Karlee's Kitten shied inward when jockey Michael Baze switched the stick to his right hand, then the filly veered back out, lost her footing, and dumped Baze. Gary Mandella trains the filly.

"In two seconds, I went from wondering if she was going to break the stakes record, to horrified," he said.

According to Mandella, Baze was not injured "except for a bruised ego," and Karlee's Kitten also was also in good shape.

"We've still got a nice filly, and there are some nice purses for two-turn 3-year-old fillies," he said.

Karlee's Kitten, fifth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, will get a six-week respite and return in an allowance race.