10/29/2008 11:00PM

Desert Code might try Hong Kong Sprint

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Barbara D. Livingston
Desert Code, winning the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday, has won 6 of 19 starts and $1,028,939.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Desert Code, the upset winner of the inaugural $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, may go after another seven-figure turf sprint this fall - the $1.54 million Hong Kong Sprint on Dec. 14.

Trainer David Hofmans said he is strongly considering sending Desert Code to the Far East for the Hong Kong Sprint, which is run over 1,200 meters, or about six furlongs on turf.

"There is nothing else for him," Hofmans said. "It's either this or wait until Santa Anita."

Owned by Tarabilla Farm, Desert Code has won 6 of 19 starts and $1,028,939. A 4-year-old colt by E Dubai, Desert Code has raced primarily in California throughout his career. The Turf Sprint was his fourth stakes win, three of which came over Santa Anita's unique hillside turf course.

In the Turf Sprint, Desert Code closed from 12th in a field of 14 to win by a half-length over Diabolical. Desert Code was 36-1, the longest shot in the field.

The Turf Sprint was Desert Code's second stakes win of the year, and first since a minor stakes on the hillside turf course in March. Hofmans said he would not hesitate to send Desert Code overseas. "He's a kind shipping horse," Hofmans said.

Queen ofthe Catsle to be freshened

Queen ofthe Catsle extended her winning streak to 4 in Wednesday's $76,165 Dance in the Mood Stakes on opening day of the Hollywood Park autumn meeting. She will not start again until the opening weeks of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting in late December and early January.

Citing the need to give the 4-year-old filly a break, trainer Howard Zucker said Queen ofthe Catsle will be pointed for the Monrovia Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Typically, the race is run around the first of the year.

"This will be her last race of the year," Zucker said in the winner's circle. "We'll give her a two-month break. She won't want to, but we'll give her time off."

Regardless of whether she has run her last race of the year, Queen ofthe Catsle had an outstanding campaign, winning 5 of 7 starts and $231,749. Three of the wins came in stakes - the other two being the Daisycutter Handicap over five furlongs on turf at Del Mar on Sept. 3 and the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 4.

The Dance in the Mood was typical of her style. She rallied from off the pace and took the lead in the final furlong. On Wednesday, Queen ofthe Catsle was sixth after a quarter-mile. She caught pacesetter Kalookan Dancer in the final sixteenth and won by a half-length, finishing six furlongs on turf in 1:08.35.

"This filly needs a target," Zucker said. "I didn't realize the other filly would be so tenacious on the front. Queen doesn't like to get beat. It's gotten her confidence up so high."

Owned by C.T. Grether, Queen ofthe Catsle has won 6 of 13 starts and $300,509 in her career. "I'm thrilled with her," Zucker said.

Owner excited about I Want Revenge

Sometime in December, owner David Lanzman expects to see his 2-year-old I Want Revenge in a major stakes. Where that will occur in the United States is uncertain.

Lanzman was delighted to see I Want Revenge win a maiden race over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on Wednesday in the colt's fourth start. He had finished third in his first three races.

"If you don't get excited about a 2-year-old that can go two turns at this time of year, you're not breathing," Lanzman said.

Lanzman said that he and trainer Jeff Mullins have two $750,000 races over 1 1/16 miles in December under consideration - the Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Dec. 5 and the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity here on Dec. 20.

"If we fit, we'll go" to Delta, Lanzman said. "We're eligible for the CashCall. We'll run in one of the two."

Nikki'sgoldensteed runs off layoff Saturday

Nikki'sgoldensteed, the winner of the Turf Paradise Derby last February, returns from a layoff of nearly eight months in an optional claimer on Saturday. Trainer Bob Hess Jr., is hoping to use the race as a springboard to late autumn and wintertime stakes.

Owned by a partnership, Nikki'sgoldensteed suffered an ankle injury when he finished second in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows on March 8. Hess said the injury did not require surgery. Hess concluded that Nikki'sgoldensteed suffered an injury when he jumped shadows on the first turn of the El Camino Real Derby.

Saturday's race is run over 6 1/2 furlongs and has a field of nine, including the gritty Return of the King, who has won his last two starts; and Exceeding, who was second in the California Cup Starter Sprint Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 5.

Nikki'sgoldensteed has worked quickly in recent weeks at Santa Anita.

"He can win it," Hess said. "He's as fit as I can get him at this stage of his career. He kind of needs to race to move forward."

Hess said he is using Saturday's race as a prep for the $100,000 On Trust Handicap for statebreds over 7 1/2 furlongs on Dec. 14. "Then we can go two turns," he said.

* The first race Saturday is a $49,000 turf allowance race over 1 1/16 miles that marks the comeback of Medici Code, who has not started since he bled while finishing 13th in the Santa Anita Handicap last March. Winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby in September 2007, Medici Code was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on this turf course last November. Medici Code must beat Liberian Freighter, who has run third in four consecutive stakes.15