07/14/2010 5:28PM

Cheaper horses will run for little more money at Del Mar


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Purses for lower-level claiming horses will rise at Del Mar this summer, but prize money for maiden special weight and allowance races will be lower than last year.

Del Mar officials on Thursday released the condition book for the first two weeks of the meeting, from July 21 to Aug. 1, detailing the type of races, distances, and prize money available.

Director of racing Tom Robbins said the decision to raise purses for cheap claimers was done in an effort to curtail the exodus of such horses to Eastern tracks with higher prize money.

“We’re trying to keep some of these guys from going to other parks where they have slot machines,” he said

Purses for $10,000 claimers going six furlongs will be worth $18,000 this year, an increase of $2,000 from last year. A purse for female $10,000 claimers going a mile will be worth $19,000, a $2,000 hike. The purse for a $25,000 claiming race for maiden fillies over a mile will be worth $21,000, a gain of $1,000.

There is less money available for higher class horses. A maiden special weight for female sprinters will be worth $50,000, down $1,000. An optional claimer over 1 3/8 miles on turf is worth $57,000, a drop of $3,000.

“We dropped them a little bit, but they are still quite high [compared] to the rest of the world,” Robbins said.

In addition, the track plans a racing schedule that will offer two fewer races a week than in 2009, Robbins said.

The July 21 opening-day program will have 10 races, but most weekdays will have eight-race programs. There will be 10-race programs on weekends. Last year, there were nine-race programs on most Wednesdays and Fridays. For the second consecutive year, the track has eliminated racing on Mondays, other than the Sept. 6 Labor Day program, citing an overall horse shortage on the Southern California circuit.

This year, Robbins anticipates having a full barn area, but many Los Angeles-area trainers are staying at Hollywood Park this summer.

“There are a number of these guys that are staying north,” Robbins said. “Some are in limbo right now. They haven’t committed. We still have people that are making the journey down, trying to get everything in one place.

“If people are staying up there, most of those guys are looking to have some ship-in stalls.”

Robbins said there is concern that fewer horses based at Del Mar could affect field size, if potential runners are based at Hollywood Park and have not had a chance to acclimate to Del Mar’s Polytrack surface in morning training.

“It makes it a little more difficult,” he said. “The plus side is maybe it will be less crowded in the [Del Mar] barn area and racetrack.”

Well Monied retired to become broodmare

Well Monied, the winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap in 2009, has been retired, trainer Howard Zucker said on Friday. Zucker said the filly was injured during a gallop in June and will be offered at a breeding stock sale in November.

“We plan on going through the sale in November as a broodmare,” Zucker said. “She got a little injury. The timing blew us out of the water for what we had in mind for the summer.

“If the market is bad, we’ll hold on to her and breed her and sell her the next year. We don’t have any thoughts of bringing her back.”

Zucker said that Well Monied has a small lesion in a distal sesamoidian ligament. “There was a little heat and a little swelling. That’s a bad place to have an injury. They’re slow healing.”

Owned by C.T. Grether, Well Monied won 4 of 10 starts and $386,300.

Cozi Rosie gets time off to heal ankle

Cozi Rosie, the winner of the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes at Hollywood Park in May, will be rested for the remainder of the summer because of concern over an ankle, trainer John Sadler said.

Cozi Rosie was scratched from a scheduled start in the Grade 1 American Oaks on July 3 when she did not train to Sadler’s satisfaction the day before the race.

“We’ll probably rest her for 45 days,” Sadler said.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Cozi Rosie has won 3 of 8 starts and $157,280. She was second in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap in her last start on May 31. Sadler said Cozi Rosie could return for the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, which starts in late September.

Sadler will have the likely favorite in the $200,000 Swaps Stakes next Saturday in Sidney’s Candy, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. Owned by Jenny Craig, Sidney’s Candy finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby in his most recent start.

Bourbon Bay will point to Del Mar Cap

Bourbon Bay, the winner of three graded turf stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year, has resumed training with Neil Drysdale for a late summer comeback. Thursday, Bourbon Bay breezed three furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park in 38.60 seconds.

Earlier this month, Drysdale said Bourbon Bay will be considered for the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf on Aug. 29.

Owned by Dave and Jill Heerensperger, Bourbon Bay has won 5 of 13 starts and $389,424. Bourbon Bay is unbeaten in four starts this year. His most recent starts was a victory in the historic San Juan Capistrano Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf in April.