11/29/2010 6:47PM

Dakota Phone may make Dubai trip

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Justin N. Lane
Dakota Phone (left), Joel Rosario up, wins the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The blueprint for Dakota Phone's campaign in coming months may involve international travel.

Dakota Phone won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 in a 37-1 upset. He will start at a fraction of that price in Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park, the first leg of a tentative four-race plan selected by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and his co-owners in the 5-year-old gelding.

After the Native Diver, Hollendorfer envisions Dakota Phone starting in two $150,000 races at Santa Anita in coming months -- the San Pasqual Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 8 and the $150,000 San Antonio Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 6.

"That's as far as we've thought it out," Hollendorfer said.

The preliminary plan for March is a little trickier. The options for Hollendorfer and co-owners Ted Aroney and John Carver are the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita on March 5 or a race in Dubai on March 26, such as the Dubai World Cup over 1 1/4 miles or the Godolphin Mile.

"I think Teddy and John Carver want to run there,"Hollendorfer said of the Middle East races.

First up, however, is the Native Diver, which is run over 1 1/8 miles. "The horse is doing really good," Hollendorfer said.

A winner of 6 of 32 starts and $1,273,810, Dakota Phone is the 123-pound highweight and is expected to face Achak, Aggie Engineer, Philatelist, Soul Candy, and Spurrier. Soul Candy won the California Cup Classic in his last start on Oct. 30.

Gomez returns with a winner

Jockey Garrett Gomez resumed riding in Southern California on Sunday, highlighting his day with an upset victory on Haimish Hy in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. Haimish Hy was Gomez's lone win from four starts.

Gomez, 38, does not plan an extensive schedule of mounts during the final three weeks of the current fall meeting, which concludes on Dec. 19. After Sunday's program, Gomez said he will ride "here and there" in coming weeks. He emphasized that he wants to be 100 percent prepared for the start of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

Gomez has one mount on Wednesday, Broken Dreams in the fifth race. He is not booked to ride on Thursday, and has two mounts on Friday's eight-race program. His opportunities are limited to some extent by small fields on those programs, but Gomez said he is still minding a sore shoulder suffered in a spill at Churchill Downs earlier this month.

Gomez, who rode the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs after the spill, and won the BC Classic on Blame, said he still feels some discomfort in the shoulder. "It's been a little sore," Gomez said.

Gomez said he had a scare on Saturday when a horse he was riding at Churchill Downs stumbled leaving the gate, leaving him concerned the injury would flare as the weekend progressed. "It really started bothering me a little bit," he said. "But I woke up this morning and it was feeling better."

Motion has bang-up month

November ended too quickly for Maryland-based trainer Graham Motion.
After winning the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf with Shared Account on Nov. 5, Motion essentially ended the month on a similar high when Gypsy's Warning won the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on Friday.

"It's been that kind of a month," he said.

In addition, Motion added horses owned by the Team Valor International syndicate to his stable.

Gypsy's Warning, co-owned by Team Valor and Green Lantern Stable, will be based in Florida this winter, Motion said. The mare will be pointed for a return to racing at Keeneland in April or Churchill Downs in May.

"We'll give her some down time for the month of December," he said.

Gypsy's Warning won her second graded stakes in the United States in the Matriarch, preceded by third-place finishes in two Grade 1 races -- the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in August and the Yellow Ribbon Stakes here in October. A 5-year-old bred in South Africa, Gypsy's Warning was a Group 1 winner in that country in March 2009.

"As she's gotten older, she's improved," Motion said. "She's not a flashy horse in the morning, but she's quite good in the afternoon."