Updated on 09/17/2011 9:07PM

DeLima decides to give Iowa a try


SAN MATEO, Calif. - The horse population on the island that is northern California racing became a little more sparse this week after trainers Roy Lumm and Cliff DeLima departed

The Washington-based Lumm returned home to prepare for the Emerald Downs meeting, as he always does. He started 33 horses at the current Bay Meadows meeting.

But DeLima's departure, although he has made his intentions known for some time, was disappointing because he lives in the Bay Area. He is taking 45 horses, including top sprinter El Dorado Shooter, to Prairie Meadows in Iowa, where he has had some success in the past.

DeLima started 29 horses at the Bay Meadows meeting.

"How do you compete with those guys?" DeLima said about the bigger barns located here.

DeLima and Lumm combined for 62 starts in the first two months of the Bay Meadows meet, or about one-third the number of starts by leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has 187. Armando Lage (104), Art Sherman (96), Ed Moger Jr. (90), William E. Morey (85), John Martin (76), and Steve Miyadi (70) have also run more horses than Lumm and DeLima combined.

"A lot of races don't go," DeLima said. "A lot of times they'll run five in a race, and two belong to Hollendorfer. We have small fields because stables are too big, and we have too many in the same category in the same barn, so you can't get races. It's not worth staying here. I'm going in the hole every month."

DeLima has been active in the claiming ranks and has made no secret of his plans to take his horses to Prairie Meadows, where purses, at least at the lower claiming levels, are higher than those in northern California. DeLima has run some of the claimed horses back at Bay Meadows, but said there haven't been appropriate spots for many of them.

"People are so funny," he said. "I've been claiming horses, and everybody gets mad at me. Management is mad because I'm taking horses out of here, but others have claimed and bought horses all these years and shipped them out. They've been doing that all along. Why get mad at me?"

Carr leaves for Lone Star

Jockey Dennis Carr is heading to Texas, where he will ride at Lone Star when it opens next week.

Carr is sixth in the Bay Meadows standings with 28 winners. Leading rider Russell Baze has 83 victories, and Frank Alvarado is second, only five ahead of Carr. Carr's mounts have earned $551,523 in two months, the fourth-highest total among local riders.

"[Agent] Scott Hare called me and said I'd get a shot riding for Steve Asmussen," Carr said. "When you get a chance to ride for the winningest trainer in the nation, it's exciting."

Carr said the cost of living in California and the small fields, which limit his number of mounts, also played into his decision.

"I'll be at Lone Star and getting on horses Wednesday morning," Carr said. "I may have some mounts in Houston on Saturday."

Carr said he plans to return to northern California to compete on the fair circuit after the Lone Star meet ends.

Juveniles get started

An interesting Wednesday card will include the first 2-year-old race of the meeting as well as the first five-furlong turf sprint.

Five 2-year-olds will run two furlongs in Wednesday's opening race. Among the runners is Tiza Royal Cat, who is from the first crop by Royal Cat, a son of Storm Cat.

Later on the card, six fillies and mares compete at five furlongs on the turf in a $12,500 claiming race.

The day's feature is a $32,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Love that Man, winner of five of his past six starts, is the one to beat as he makes his debut for trainer Howard Belvoir, who claimed him for $25,000 from a victory in his last start.

* Sixteen runners were nominated to Saturday's $55,000-added Miss America Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Uninhibited Song, who just won the Foster City Handicap, is one of five Hollendorfer nominees. Pickle, who won her U.S. debut here March 12, is also nominated.