06/04/2009 11:00PM

Classical Slew could try Saratoga or Del Mar


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Classical Slew, the winner of the year's first stakes for 2-year-olds in California on Thursday at Hollywood Park, could stay in California or race at Saratoga later this summer.

Trainer Doug O'Neill said he is strongly considering sending horses to Saratoga this summer in addition to having his main stable at Del Mar.

"We've got the great problem of having too many in the same division," he said. Saratoga "could be an option."

Classical Slew won the $85,670 Willard Proctor Stakes on Thursday and could make his next start in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship over six furlongs on July 12.

O'Neill has won seven races with 2-year-olds in the last month, including two with Classical Slew. A colt by Bernstein, Classical Slew beat maidens by 5 1/4 lengths in his debut on May 13.

In the Willard Proctor, Classical Slew stalked pacesetter and stablemate Track N Attack through quick fractions of 21.39 and 44.68 seconds, took the lead in early stretch, and won by a length over Grace Upon Grace. Ridden by Michael Baze, Classical Slew ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.69.

"Classical Slew ran great," O'Neill said. "Mike said he broke great. When he asked him to drop the bit, he relaxed and did. He finished up great."

Owned by breeder Joseph Lacombe, Classical Slew has earned $75,750.

Foxysox retired from racing

Foxysox, one of the leading turf females in California in the last two years, has been retired after a series of dull performances, trainer Carla Gaines said on Friday.

"She's sound, but I think she's decided that it's time to leave the track," Gaines said.

Gaines said she was disappointed that Foxysox finished fifth in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap under jockey Rafael Bejarano in April and ninth in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes under jockey Tyler Baze at Hollywood Park on May 30.

"Both Tyler and Rafael said she didn't show any interest," Gaines said.

Foxysox won 7 of 27 starts and $715,118, and six stakes, including a pair of Grade 2 races in 2006, the Santa Barbara and the Bayakoa Handicap.

Dixie Chatter's future uncertain

Dixie Chatter, a two-time stakes winner, may be retired after sustaining a bowed tendon in a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on May 25, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Owners Herman Sarkowsky and Marty Wygod are discussing stallion options for Dixie Chatter, Mandella said.

"It was slight," Mandella said of the tendon injury. "It wasn't bad, but they're looking into whether to go to stud or try him again."

Dixie Chatter, a 4-year-old by Dixie Union, has won 4 of 13 starts and $464,606. He won stakes in each of his three seasons on the track - the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita in 2007, a division of the Oceanside Stakes on turf at Del Mar last summer, and the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap on turf at Santa Anita in April. Earlier this year, he was third in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on turf at Santa Anita.

Well Monied targets American Oaks

Well Monied, who won her stakes debut in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap last Sunday, is on course for the first Grade 1 race of her career in the $700,000 American Oaks on July 5, trainer Howard Zucker said.

Zucker hesitated to commit Well Monied to the American Oaks after the Honeymoon, but said Friday that she has thrived in recent days, and has resumed jogging at Santa Anita.

"She took that like she didn't run," Zucker said. "I imagine I'll be invited [to the American Oaks]. I'm heading that way if all is well."

Zucker said the filly, whom he describes as 'wiry," has held her weight well since the Honeymoon Handicap.

Well Monied has won 3 of 6 starts and $155,700 in her career.

Kelly Leak will use Affirmed as prep

Kelly Leak, who beat Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in the Sunland Derby in March, is expected to make his next start in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 20, trainer Mike Machowsky said.

Kelly Leak missed a scheduled start in the Lone Star Derby last month because of a throat ulcer.

Machowsky said he wants to use the Affirmed as a prep for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Racetrack on Aug. 1 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 2.

Milady's top pair back breezing

Zenyatta and Life Is Sweet, the first two finishers in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 23, had their first workouts since that race at Hollywood Park in recent days. Both females are trained by John Shirreffs.

Zenyatta, the undefeated champion older female of 2008, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 on Friday. Life Is Sweet, a three-time stakes winner at Santa Anita earlier this year, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Thursday.

Zenyatta is expected to make her next start in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on Hollywood Park on June 27.

Life Is Sweet could start in the Vanity, or the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap on turf the following day.