07/21/2003 11:00PM

Crafty C.T. will pass on Crosby


DEL MAR, Calif. - With Beau's Town, Bluesthestandard, and the venerable Kona Gold all expected to run in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Bing Crosby Handicap, trainer Howard Zucker has decided to pass the race with his sprinter Crafty C.T., despite a strong workout Tuesday morning at Del Mar.

Crafty C.T. worked five furlongs in 1:00, but Zucker said he did not want to face the fastest guns in the West this weekend.

"Crafty worked good, but we're not going to run in the Bing," Zucker said at his barn. "He's training great now. He had some aches and pains coming out of Hollywood. He just doesn't like that track. He pulled some muscles, but he's back solid again."

Zucker also trains the stakes-winning female sprinter Madame Pietra, who started galloping again this week after missing time because of a bruise to her right front foot. Zucker said Madame Pietra will be pointed to the Grade 3, $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 23.

"She's great coming off a layoff," Zucker said.

In addition to Beau's Town, Bluesthestandard, and Kona Gold, the six-furlong Bing Crosby is expected to include Captain Squire, Disturbingthepeace, Medecis, Radiata, and Rushin' to Altar.

New career for Thirty Slews

It has been 11 years since the gelding Thirty Slews won the Bing Crosby in August and then later that fall the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Gulfstream Park. After retiring, Thirty Slews first competed in show jumping events, but now, at age 16, he is back at the racetrack, working as a pony accompanying racehorses to the track in the morning for trainer Carla Gaines.

"I'm pretty thrilled about it," Gaines said. "Pam Gomez competed with him in jumping events. He had been on a farm, but Pam said he wasn't happy. He likes being active. He gets pretty wound up on the main track, but he does pretty well on the training track."

Thirty Slews, a gray, has a coat that is much lighter than it was during his racing days. His mane is white. He was in an outside pen adjacent to Gaines's barn, with a saddle on his back after training was over.

"We leave the saddle on while he's in the pen to teach him to be calm," Gaines said. "In the morning, we've had him walking around and standing with the other ponies. He'll learn that he's not here to train."

Redattore heads Eddie Read lineup

The versatile Redattore, who was forced to pass the Hollywood Gold Cup on dirt because of a bruise to his left front foot, will run on the turf in Sunday's Grade 1, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap, trainer Richard Mandella confirmed Tuesday.

The 1 1/8-mile Eddie Read is often used as a West Coast prep for next month's Arlington Million, but Mandella said he is not looking past Sunday's race.

"Right now, the Eddie Read is the goal," he said. "I'm not even looking at the Million yet. I'm afraid to fly him again. He's flown twice, and he got sick both times."

In addition to Redattore, the Eddie Read field is expected to include Decarchy, Fateful Dream, Irish Warrior, Mister Acpen, Special Ring, Suances, and possibly Thady Quill.

Sunday's supporting feature, the $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, is expected to have a surprisingly strong field, including Amber Hills, Pocketfullofpesos, Princess V., and Summer Wind Dancer.

Paasch brings a string

Trainer Christopher Paasch relocated to Kentucky from California earlier this year, but he has divided his stable this summer by bringing a dozen horses to Del Mar.

Included in that bunch is Crowned Dancer, who was scheduled to run in a division of Wednesday's opening-day Oceanside Stakes.

"I've also got a couple of 2-year-olds I like that are going to run in races in the second condition book," Paasch said Tuesday.

Paasch said his wife, Bonnie Lord, stayed back in Kentucky with the bulk of the stable's horses.

First turf sprint of meet

Del Mar has added five-furlong turf sprints to its menu this summer, with the first of those races being run on Thursday. F J's Pace, who won a pair of turf sprints at Hollywood Park, will be the one to beat in the day's second race, against four rivals.

Hollywood Park has a regular program of turf sprints, and Santa Anita has a downhill turf course for sprints, but Del Mar had not had turf sprints as part of its racing.

"It's something else to give people a reason to keep their horses going after Hollywood," said Rick Hammerle, Del Mar's assistant racing secretary. "This was the only major track out here without a turf sprint, so this fills in the gap. We're not going to have a steady diet of them, just enough to let trainers plan on it."

* Tizdubai, the full sister to Tiznow who was an impressive winner of her debut at Hollywood Park, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Tuesday at Del Mar. She is trained by Eoin Harty.

* Danthebluegrassman, a potential starter in the Grade 2, $250,000 San Diego Handicap on Aug. 3, worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 for trainer Bob Baffert.