06/25/2007 11:00PM

Citronnade added to mix


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Citronnade will be in a familiar spot Sunday at Hollywood Park - loose on the lead as the odds-on favorite - while seeking her fifth consecutive win.

Bobby Frankel had been noncommittal about Citronnade, who won the Grade 1 Gamely on May 28 and whose summer goal is the Beverly D. at Arlington on Aug. 11. But after watching Citronnade train, and eyeballing the modest field for the Gradeo2 Beverly Hills Handicap on Sunday, Frankel on Tuesday said Citronnade was a go for the $150,000 race at 1 1/4 miles on grass.

"It's not a very tough race, and there's no pace either," Frankel said. The only other speed in the field is Frankel-trained Grade 2 winner Naughty Rafaela, who is likely to sit second. The addition of Citronnade spices up an otherwise modest field for the Beverly Hills and gives the 7-for-10 filly something to do between now and Aug. 11.

"I wasn't going to run her back until the Beverly D. after this, so it's plenty of time," Frankel said.

David Flores will ride Citronnade, who will carry 122 pounds. The expected entrants for the Beverly Hills include Naughty Rafaela, 117; Meribel, 116; Mabadi, 115; and Nakaba, 115.

Taking a shot with Porfido

The Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday will include several overmatched horses without recent Grade 1 credentials.

"Like me," Frankel said.

The analysis referred to his Chilean import Porfido, fifth with trouble June 9 in the Charles Whittingham Handicap on turf and a longshot even to hit the board in the Gold Cup. The addition of Porfido and Saint Stephen brings the expected Gold Cup field size to 10 starters. Lava Man and Molengao are deserving favorites. Frankel admits he is taking a shot with Porfido.

Frankel said he has "always wanted to try him" on a synthetic racing surface, and that the Gold Cup "will be more of a one-pace race with a lot of horses that plug along."

It may suit longshot Porfido, a two-time Group 1 winner in Chile who has struggled to reproduce his form in North America. Porfido is winless in six turf starts in the United States, but he encountered trouble last out in the Whittingham when he steadied twice in midstretch.

Saint Stephen worked five furlongs Tuesday in 1:01.20, which trainer Ben Cecil said was "well enough" to enter the Gold Cup. Jose Valdivia will ride Saint Stephen, who finished sixth on June 2 in the Grade 2 Californian. Saint Stephen won the low-rated Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap in December at Hollywood and since has tailed off, losing his next four starts with declining speed figures.

The Gold Cup field, listed in order of weights, is expected to include Lava Man, 124; Molengao, 120; My Creed, 117; A.P. Arrow, 116; A.P. Xcellent, 115; Saint Stephen, 115; Wilko, 115; Big Booster, 113; Mr. Splash, 112; and Porfido, 112.

On the Acorn getting a break

On the Acorn is on the shelf. The gelding won the Grade 2 the Jim Murray Handicap at Hollywood and San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita to emerge as the top marathon grass runner in California, but he was worn out from the campaign.

"I've been hard on him," trainer Mike Mitchell said. "We're giving him a break. He deserved it."

On the Acorn will be turned out and pointed for the winter meet at Santa Anita. Claimed for $40,000 late last year by a partnership that includes racing publicist Jack Disney, On the Acorn has won 4 of his last 5 starts. But after winning the 1o1/2 mile Murray on May 12, On the Acorn was tired. Before turning him out, Mitchell said he asked Disney, "Are we out on him?" He knew the answer. On the Acorn has earned $398,800 for his new owners.

Thoroughly done for year

Willard Proctor Stakes winner Thoroughly is out of the Hollywood Juvenile on July 4 and "out of the rest of the year," trainer Peter Miller said. "We're looking forward to a 3-year-old campaign," he added, while declining to disclose Thoroughly's injury.

In place of Thoroughly, Miller will run Whatever Whenever in the Juvenile. Whatever Whenever won his debut June 10 with a Beyer Speed Figure of 76.

In the Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, Miller will start Set Play, whose June 17 maiden win was Miller's third debut winner of the meet.

"I got tired of hearing I couldn't win with a first-time starter," Miller said, laughing.

Set Play had a leg-stretching three-furlong work Tuesday at San Luis Rey Downs in 38.60 seconds. Miller won the Landaluce last year with Pinata.

With the exception of Nook and Granny, who has been sidelined after a powerful debut win on May 17 (85 Beyer), the 2-year-old fillies this summer have been uninspiring. A field of eight could run in the six-furlong Landaluce. Steve Asmussen-trained shipper Elocution is the likely favorite. Along with Set Play, others expected to run are Alpine Yodel, Another Aleyna, Billie Bob, Ever So Pretty, My Little Cokie, and Treadmill.

Wordly following money to Virginia

Worldly, California's top 3-year-old grass horse, will forsake the turf series at Del Mar to point for the $1omillion Virginia Derby on July 21 at Colonial Downs. That race coincides with the first Saturday of the Del Mar meet, but trainer Ben Cecil said jockey Victor Espinoza is willing to travel to Colonial.

"The only concern is the weather and the shipping," Cecil said. "It's a million dollars, and it's a mile and a quarter."

Worldly is 3 for 3 in the States, including the Grade 3 Will Rogers and Cinema at Hollywood Park. Espinoza rode him all three times.

* Corey Nakatani will be at Belmont Park on July 4 to ride Grade 1 winner Commentator for trainer Nick Zito in the Grade 2, seven-furlong Tom Fool Handicap. Nakatani also will ride Helsinki for Zito in the Grade 2 Dwyer.