10/15/2007 11:00PM

Citronnade skips Filly-Mare Turf

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Citronnade, winner of four consecutive graded stakes on turf earlier this year, was not pre-entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27, trainer Bobby Frankel said Tuesday.

Frankel said he did not have a race in mind for Citronnade, who has won 8 of 13 starts and $774,205.

Pre-entries were due Monday and were scheduled to be announced by Breeders' Cup officials Wednesday.

Citronnade, 4, worked a half-mile in 50.60 seconds at Hollywood Park on Monday, her first recorded workout since a second-place finish to BC Filly and Mare Turf favorite Nashoba's Key in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Sept. 29.

"We just worked her and we'll see," Frankel said of her future.

There are two one-mile turf races in Southern California that could come into consideration - the $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 and the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25. Frankel declined to say whether Citronnade would start in those races, which could be shorter than her ideal distance.

Earlier this year, Citronnade won the San Gorgonio Handicap, Santa Ana Handicap, Gamely Stakes, and Beverly Hills Handicap at distances ranging from 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 miles.

Frankel, who has won four Breeders' Cup races from 68 starters, said he pre-entered three horses - Precious Kitten for the Mile, with the Filly and Mare Turf as a second preference; Silent Name for the Mile; and Ginger Punch for the Distaff.

Valenzuela hopes to resume riding

Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who has not ridden since last November because of rib and knee injuries, said earlier this week he hopes to receive doctor's clearance this week to resume riding in the near future.

Valenzuela said he has an appointment Friday to meet with Dr. James Tibone, who works closely with jockeys in Southern California.

"I can't do anything without him letting me," Valenzuela said.

Valenzuela said he has not set a timetable for a return.

"As soon as I can get on horses, I'll know about that," he said. "I'd liked to have come back yesterday.

"I'm losing weight and doing what I'm supposed to be doing."

Asked how much he weighed, Valenzuela replied, "It's a little higher than what I ride at."

Valenzuela, who turned 45 on Wednesday, had hoped to return to riding earlier this year. Last November, he suffered a rib injury when he was kicked in the paddock at Hollywood Park. While recovering from that injury, Valenzuela underwent arthroscopic surgery on a knee in December. Valenzuela initially discussed a comeback at the beginning of the year, but postponed his return on several occasions, expressing concern about knee pain.

The winner of 15 riding titles in Southern California since 1986, Valenzuela has had a history of substance abuse problems that have interrupted his career. He said he does not have a riding license and has not approached the California Horse Racing Board about getting licensed. He said he will handle that when he receives doctor's clearance to resume riding.

Purse redistribution hearing set

A hearing regarding the redistribution of $107,260 in purses earned by Medici Code in two stakes at the Del Mar meeting earlier this year is scheduled to be heard by the Santa Anita board of stewards on Oct. 25.

Medici Code tested positive for an excessive amount of clenbuterol after finishing second in a division of the Oceanside Stakes on July 18 and after winning the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 11. Clenbuterol, a Class 3 drug in California, is used to aid horses with breathing problems and is allowed to appear in postrace tests at minute levels.

Darrell Vienna, who trains Medici Code, said the redistribution will not be contested.

"I'm not going to be contesting that there was a positive," Vienna said.

Medici Code is owned by Bill and Donna Herrick. Following the La Jolla, Medici Code won the $400,000 Del Mar Derby, and did not test positive.

There are two kinds of sanctions regarding the medication violations - a redistribution of purse and a possible penalty against Vienna.

Trainers whose horses test positive for drugs in classes 1, 2, and 3 face a possible fine and/or suspension. Vienna said over the weekend that he plans to contest the ruling against him. No hearing has been scheduled in Vienna's case.

Vienna said that he plans to argue that there are "provisions for defense of the trainer-insurer rule," a rule that states that trainers are ultimately responsible for positive tests that occur in their horses.

Under new legislation signed last week for medication violations, trainers can request that cases be heard by a board of stewards or a hearing officer that is randomly appointed from a pool selected by track officials, horsemen's organizations, and racing associations. Vienna said he would request that a hearing officer conduct his case.

In May, Vienna resigned as a legal adviser to the California Horse Racing Board after working with the racing board on an overhaul of the hearing system for Class 1, 2, and 3 medication violations. During that consultancy, he conducted a seminar for stewards, reviewing testing procedures.

"I've been involved in training sessions with the stewards and I don't know if there would be a conflict of interest," he said of his decision to select a hearing officer.

"I set up a program where we could stay in-house with a hearing officer and not have an administrative law judge" hear cases, Vienna said. "Ironically, I'll be one of the first in the new system."

Baffert BC prospects work

Cry and Catch Me and Midnight Lute, two of trainer Bob Baffert's top hopes for the Breeders' Cup, worked at Santa Anita on Tuesday.

Midnight Lute, winner of the Grade 1 Forego Handicap at Saratoga on Sept. 1, worked a half-mile in a quick 46.40 seconds, the fastest of 24 recorded works at the distance. Midnight Lute is expected to be favored in the $2 million BC Sprint at six furlongs.

Cry and Catch Me, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes on Sept. 29, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds, the fourth-fastest recorded time. She is bound for the $2 million BC Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles.