04/09/2010 11:00PM

Daytona training again after tendon injury

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Daytona, a top turf horse in California in 2007 and 2008, has rejoined trainer Dan Hendricks's stable at Santa Anita with the hope that the 6-year-old gelding can return to racing in the second half of the year.

Daytona has won 8 of 18 starts and $991,690. He has not started since finishing 10th to Goldikova in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Last May, Daytona was diagnosed with a tear in a tendon, Hendricks said. At the time, Daytona was being prepared for a comeback after being given a break during the winter of 2008-09.

"It was mild," Hendricks said. "We gave him plenty of time. It didn't bow, but it was the start of a tear. They heal up."

A six-time stakes winner, Daytona was in the best form of his career in late 2007 and early 2008. He won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby, Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, and Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap in late 2007, and three of his first four starts of 2008, including the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park.

Daytona's form tailed off in the second half of 2008, with three losses in graded stakes. After his most recent break, Daytona arrived at Hendricks's barn last month.

"He's been here a couple of weeks," Hendricks said. "We brought him in to do a little exercise and get him slowly started."

Euroglide ends skid in route try

In his 25th career start Friday, Euroglide won for the first time around two turns in an allowance race over a mile on turf.

The win left trainer Peter Eurton wishing that he had focused on route races instead of turf sprints last year with the 6-year-old gelding.

"I feel like I lost a year," he said.

Ridden by regular rider Michael Baze on Friday, Euroglide ($10.40) was timed in 1:33.86, outfinishing Dark Islander by 1 3/4 lengths. The win ended a 10-race losing streak for Euroglide, dating back to a turf sprint in early 2009. Baze gave Euroglide an ideal trip, stalking Worldly and Red Alert Day, who dueled through a quick pace of 23.39 and 45.88 seconds. Euroglide rallied three wide on the turn to reach the front before the eighth pole.

"I'm so pleased that he got the two turns," Eurton said. "He had the physical side to get two turns, but he didn't have the mental. Maybe now he can run even further."

Euroglide has won five races and $236,272.

Farm hopes juvenile win helps sire

The win by the 2-year-old Leon Ayala in Thursday's second race has not inspired California breeders to ring Willow Tree Farm near Clements and inquire about the availability of the stallion Crown the King.

"No one has bred to him," said Lu Thomas of Willow Tree. "He hasn't had any outside mares."

Thomas was hoping that Leon Ayala's win in the two-furlong race would inspire interest.

"It might," she said. Leon Ayala "ran big time."

Willow Tree bred Leon Ayala, who was sold privately and is now owned by Eligio Ayala and trained by Oscar Garcia. He was offered at the 2009 California October yearling sale at Barretts but was not sold.

"I bred that mare to him because she was a nice type," said Butch Thomas of Willow Tree. "The foal was beautiful and a nice mover, and we couldn't get a bid on him."