09/20/2007 11:00PM

Crossing the Line out till '08

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - Crossing the Line, the electrifying winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on turf in August, will be sidelined until next spring after undergoing surgery to have a bone chip removed from an ankle, trainer John Sadler said.

The surgery was conducted on Wednesday and eliminates Crossing the Line from two major stakes - the $250,000 Oak Tree Mile at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 7 and the $400,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23.

The injury was detected earlier this month, after Crossing the Line returned to serious training at Santa Anita following his win in the Del Mar Mile, Sadler said.

"When I got him here, his ankle didn't look that good," Sadler said from Santa Anita. "He won't come back until January."

Owned by Richard Templer and Mary Wilson, Crossing the Line was not considered a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27 because his owners would have had to pay a $300,000 supplemental fee.

A 5-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, Crossing the Line has won 5 of 6 starts and $257,168. He is unbeaten in three starts in the United States, including two allowance races at Hollywood Park earlier this year.

Georgie Boy passing Norfolk for Cal Cup

Georgie Boy, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5, will pass the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 30 and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 27 in favor of the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3, trainer Kathy Walsh said on Friday.

In addition, the Norfolk will not include Kanan Dume, who finished sixth in the Del Mar Futurity. He emerged from that race with bone chips in his front ankles, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Walsh on Friday said that Georgie Boy was in good condition after the Del Mar Futurity, but said the gelding deserves a break.

"I ran him three times at Del Mar," she said. "Why push the issue? He's training every day and doing good, but I want to freshen him."

Walsh said that Georgie Boy would have to be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup, and that doing so "would be a bad business decision." Owned by his breeder, George Schwary, Georgie Boy has won 2 of 5 starts and $286,806. His first win came in the Graduation Stakes for statebreds at Del Mar in August.

Kanan Dume was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday, Mandella said. He said it was unclear how long Kanan Dume would be out of training.

In the Grade 1 Norfolk, Mandella will start Dixie Chatter, who finished fifth in the Del Mar Futurity. Other probable starters in the race, a major prep to the BC Juvenile, are Drill Down, who was third in the Del Mar Futurity, as well as Beresford, Dodgen Bullets, and Shore Do.

Three top stakes on Saturday card

There are three major stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday - the $500,000 Goodwood Stakes for older horses, the $400,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares on turf, and the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. The Oak Tree meeting begins Wednesday.

The Goodwood field is expected to include Student Council, the upset winner of the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August. He worked seven furlongs in 1:25.40 at Santa Anita on Friday. Other candidates are Awesome Gem, Buzzards Bay, Lewis Michael, Tiago, and Wanna Runner.

The Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf is led by Citronnade, the winner of four graded stakes this year, and Nashoba's Key, unbeaten in six starts.

Set Play, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 3, is a leading candidate for the Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles, a key prep to the BC Juvenile Fillies. She will face Cry and Catch Me, Grace Anatomy and Tasha's Miracle.

Tasha's Miracle won the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar in August but was held out of the Debutante after suffering from stomach cramps a few days before the race, said her trainer, Sadler.

Fans invited to walk new surface

Oak Tree is hosting an open house on Sunday to provide racing fans an opportunity to walk on the main track and inspect the track's new Cushion Track synthetic surface.

The surface was installed this summer at a cost of more than $10 million. The track will be used for the first time for racing on Wednesday's opening day card.

Sunday's events will begin at 8 a.m. at Clocker's Corner at the top of the stretch of the grandstand. Backstretch tours will be available, and retired Hall of Fame jockeys Julie Krone and Laffit Pincay Jr. will make appearances.

* Balance, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap earlier this year, worked seven furlongs in 1:24.80 on Friday. She will make her next start in the $600,000 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 30.