11/19/2008 12:00AM

City Style bound for a winter in Dubai


City Style, a Retama Park-based stakes winner who ran a big fourth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf last month at Santa Anita, is scheduled to ship to Dubai, said John Adger, the longtime racing manager for Stonerside who is doing some consultant work for Darley Stable. The colt is scheduled to travel abroad with fellow Darley-owned 2-year-olds Vineyard Haven, a multiple Grade 1 winner, and Midshipman, who took the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

City Style, a winner of 2 of 4 starts for trainer Cheryl Asmussen, prepared for the Breeders' Cup at Retama. He is a son of City Zip and was bred by Stonerside, which sold the majority of its racing assets to Darley in a deal that closed on Oct. 9. City Style made his first start for Darley in the Breeders' Cup and closed from next-to-last to be beaten 2 1/4 lengths under regular rider Tony McNeil.

"The last eighth of a mile, he was flying," said Adger. "Probably another jump, and he's going to be third, and to show you what kind of a race it was, the colt that beat him a head, Coronet of a Baron, Midshipman just nosed him out in the Del Mar Futurity."

City Style had won the $150,000 Sunday Silence, a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Louisiana Downs, one start before the Breeders' Cup. The third-place finisher from that race, Valid Message, came back in his next start to win the $100,000 El Joven at Retama.

Mystery Classic dies following Zydeco

Trainer Bob Schultz will begin this week's winter Thoroughbred meet at Retama Park with mixed emotions. He comes into the season off an outstanding fall meet in which he went 23 for 68 and built up the resume of Lee's Spirit. But earlier this month, Schultz lost his longtime stable star when Mystery Classic, one of the top sprinters in the region, died shortly after finishing fifth in the $50,000 Zydeco at Delta Downs on Nov. 1.

"He probably either had a heart attack or aneurysm," said Schultz. "He never gave us any indication anything was wrong with him. That morning, I couldn't hardly hold him on the ground when we gave him a bath.

"It's just a bad deal. He was part of the family."

Mystery Classic, 5, is a past Texas-bred horse of the year. He won five consecutive stakes in 2007. Owned by his breeder, John L. Pierce II, he went 12 for 21 in his career, for earnings of $288,460.

Schultz can take some comfort in the development of the 3-year-old Lee's Spirit, the winner of the $50,000 No Le Hace last weekend at Retama who is now headed to the Louisiana Champions Day program next month at Fair Grounds. He is being pointed for the $100,000 Turf, said Schultz. Lee's Spirit will be looking for his fourth straight stakes win when he starts in the race, following scores in the $127,000 A.L. "Red" Erwin at Louisiana Downs and the $50,000 Chick Lang Jr. Memorial at Retama.

Schultz finished third in the training standings at Retama, which has helped lift him to his winningest year as a trainer since 1976. He has won 54 races so far in 2008, for an 18-percent win clip. Schultz had 53 wins for the year in 1976.

Jones eyes Jackpot, Princess

Trainer Larry Jones on Wednesday said he has a pair of 2-year-olds he would like to send to Delta for next month's Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot and Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess. Pre-entries for the races, which will be run Dec. 5, will be taken on Friday.

Jones said It Happened Again, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 83 for a sharp maiden win last out at Philadelphia Park, is a candidate for the Jackpot. He said he hopes the horse will be able to get into the race, which if oversubscribed has graded stakes and earnings preferences. It Happened Again is a son of Proud Citizen.

Jones will have one of the top choices in the Princess in Just Jenda, a daughter of Menifee. She is undefeated in two career starts, and in her most recent start romped in the $75,000 Brandywine at Philadelphia Park. For the effort, she earned a Beyer Figure of 89.

* The All-American Futurity winner, Stolis Winner, was the fastest qualifier for the $1.1 million Texas Classic Futurity for Quarter Horses, which will be held at Lone Star Park on Nov. 29.