Updated on 09/17/2011 10:02AM

Composure, Elloluv headliners


ARCADIA, Calif. - Lured by the prospect of earning a placing in a major stakes race, the connections of three fillies have decided to tackle favorites Composure and Elloluv in Saturday's $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks.

The prospective field for the Grade 1 Oaks, a leading prep to the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs May 2, is at a whopping five 3-year-old fillies.

Composure and Elloluv are both Grade 1 winners in the last three months. The trainers of Go for Glamour, Harbor Blues, and Long Term Wish are hoping to run third to enhance the value of their young fillies.

"If I can run third that would be great," said Nick Canani, who trains Harbor Blues.

Owned by Everest Stable, Harbor Blues won her first race in the Arizona Oaks at Turf Paradise Feb. 1, her sixth career start. Sent off as part of a favored entry, she drew off to win by 11 1/2 lengths.

"She didn't beat that much over there, but it's the way that she did it," Canani said.

Before that win, Harbor Blues finished fourth in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita Jan. 5, losing by 6 3/4 lengths to Atlantic Ocean.

"The timing of this race is good," Canani said.

Through the years, the Oaks has not drawn large fields. There were nine runners in last year's race, which was won by You. Fourth-place finisher Farda Amiga later won the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama Stakes and was named last year's champion 3-year-old filly.

In the 1990's, the Oaks drew an average of 6.2 starters. It has not drawn 10 starters since 1982.

Composure will be favored, and Elloluv will be well supported. The other three fillies will be longshots. Go for Glamour has won her last two starts, a maiden race Jan. 2 and an allowance race Feb. 12. Long Term Wish has started in three stakes races for California-breds at this meet. She finished second in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes, eighth in the Sunshine Millions Oaks, and she won the Boo La Boo Stakes.

Delahoussaye starting new career

Retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye is launching a second career as a bloodstock agent.

Delahoussaye, 51, said on Wednesday that later this year he intends to buy yearlings on behalf of clients.

"I've been around this all my life, and it's something I enjoy," he said. "I've foal-shared a few yearlings, and I've bred a few horses over the years. I want to get a business set up and go from there."

On Tuesday, Delahoussaye attended the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in-training sale with friends. Since his retirement in early January, he has traveled around the United States, visiting friends and family.

Delahoussaye has not ridden since last August when he suffered head and neck injuries in a spill at Del Mar. He abandoned hopes for a comeback in January after doctors told him he would need continued therapy to reach full fitness.

During his 34-year career as a jockey, Delahoussaye won 6,384 races, placing him 11th on the all-time win list. His mounts earned $195.8 million, good for sixth on the all-time earnings list. He won consecutive Kentucky Derbies in 1982-83 with Gato Del Sol and Sunny's Halo.

Redattore to run in the Explosive Bid

Redattore, who won the Frank Kilroe Mile last weekend, is bound for the $700,000 Explosive Bid Handicap at about 1 1/8 miles on turf at Fair Grounds March 23, according to trainer Richard Mandella.

The road trip will be the first time that the 8-year-old Redattore has been shipped for a race since last August when he was sent to the Longacres Mile, but missed the race after contracting an illness.

Redattore, the winner of the 2001 Eddie Read Handicap and the 2002 San Antonio Handicap, was considered for a race in Dubai in late March, but Mandella and owner Luis Alfredo Tuanay have decided to point for the Explosive Bid.

"It's a good pot in New Orleans, and he's doing so good at a mile to a mile and an eighth," Mandella said.

Select six set for Grade 1 Santa Margarita

A field of six remains firm for Sunday's $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap, the championship race of the meet on the main track for fillies and mares.

Affluent, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap at seven furlongs Jan. 25, and Starrer, who won the Santa Maria Handicap Feb. 16, head a field that will include Bella Bellucci, Got Koko, Printemps, and Sightseek.

Pincay off Wednesday mounts

Laffit Pincay Jr. took off his mounts Wednesday, complaining of lingering discomfort from a fall last Saturday. Pincay was thrown from his mount, Trampus Too, after he clipped heels in the early stretch run of a turf sprint down the hillside course.

Pincay took off his mounts on the second half of Saturday's program and did not ride Sunday. He was not named to ride Thursday, but has been booked on six horses for Friday's program.

Sunday, Pincay will ride Printemps in the Santa Margarita.

Jockey Tony Farina was given a seven-day suspension for causing interference that led to Trampus Too's fall. He has appealed the suspension, according to track stewards.