07/22/2004 12:00AM

Designed for Luck may be done


DEL MAR, Calif. - Designed for Luck, a top turf miler in California in the last year, is facing retirement because of a suspensory injury suffered in training earlier this month.

Trainer Vladimir Cerin said Thursday that Designed for Luck, 7, has suffered a "small tear" in the suspensory of his left foreleg. Cerin said the injury will be reassessed this fall before the retirement is finalized.

"We will treat him. I'm not saying he's 100 percent retired," Cerin said. "If we can treat him with non-evasive methods, we will. He needs six months off. If he can't compete at the Grade 1 level, I don't want to bring him back."

Owned by David and Holly Wilson, Designed for Luck overcame a serious hock injury in May 2002 to return to racing last summer. He won three stakes between September 2003 and May of this year.

Last year, Designed for Luck won the minor Live the Dream Handicap at Del Mar and the Grade 2 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita before finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

This year, he was unplaced in the Thunder Road and Frank Kilroe handicaps at Santa Anita and second in the Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park before winning the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood on May 31.

A gelding, Designed for Luck was under consideration for Sunday's $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar when the injury occurred. Designed for Luck has won 10 of 26 starts and $915,500.

"I think his last race was convincing, but in the Oak Tree Mile he beat good horses," Cerin said.

Designed for Luck finished first at odds of 58-1 in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in November 2000, but was disqualified for causing interference. People still remind Cerin of the disqualification, showing him worthless tote tickets that have become souvenirs.

"Maybe they still think they'll get the cash," Cerin said.

Disturbingthepeace questionable

For the third straight year, Disturbingthepeace is scheduled to start in a major sprint at Del Mar, but trainer Darrell Vienna is not certain the schedule will include Sunday's $250,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap over six furlongs.

When entries were drawn Thursday, Disturbingthepeace drew post 5 in the field of 11. In 2002, Disturbingthepeace won the Bing Crosby and the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien Handicap. Sunday's race would mark his first start since he won the Pat O'Brien last August.

"He kicked a stall," Vienna said, explaining the layoff.

Vienna said his hesitation in starting Disturbingthepeace stems from the Bing Crosby distance and the layoff.

"He's won a Bing Crosby, but I don't think he's a six-furlong horse," he said. "He's been off a long time. It's 50-50. He seems willing and very sound, but he's been away for a while."

If he does not start in the Bing Crosby, Disturbingthepeace will be pointed for a title defense in the Pat O'Brien on Aug. 15.

Aside from Disturbingthepeace, the field for the Grade 1 Bing Crosby includes Attack Alert, Beau's Town, Court's in Session, Glick, Green Team, Hombre Rapido, Kela, Pohave, Revello, and Rojo Toro.

Past two winners back in Eddie Read

Sunday's main race is the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf, which has drawn a strong field of 10 that includes the last two winners - Sarafan in 2002 and Special Ring in 2003.

Sarafan is using the race as a prep to the $1 million Arlington Million on Aug. 14, trainer Neil Drysdale said. Special Ring is making his first start since finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Mile last October. He emerged from that race with a muscle injury.

Drysdale also starts King of Happiness, who is making his second consecutive appearance in a Grade 1. He finished fourth in the Shoemaker Mile, 2 1/2 lengths behind Designed for Luck.

"Considering the way the track was playing, he was back too far, but he came on well," Drysdale said of King of Happiness.

King of Happiness won an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park in mid-May. In the Eddie Read, King of Happiness, 5, will be trying for his first stakes win since the Group 3 Craven Stakes in England in April 2002.

The other starters in the 10-horse field include Bayamo, Cayoke, Green Line, Just Wonder, Mr. Livingston, Sweet Return, and Vangelis.

Noches de Rosa picks one race

Noches de Rosa, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 31, was held out of Saturday's $400,000 John Mabee Handicap in favor of the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 14, trainer Richard Mandella said.

"Both would be too tough for her right now," Mandella said.

Noches de Rosa worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 on Thursday, the second-fastest of 11 recorded works at the distance.

Total Impact gets back to work

Total Impact, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10, worked three furlongs in 37.20 seconds Thursday at San Luis Rey Downs, preparing for a start in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22.

Trained by Laura de Seroux, Total Impact won his richest race in the $750,000 Gold Cup.

Thursday's workout marked Total Impact's first major exercise since that race, even though he returned to training four days after the Gold Cup.

"I did it by design since there are six weeks between races," she said. "I was able to give him a little time. I walked him for four days and I had to go back to the track. He had a week of galloping."

De Seroux bases most of her stable at San Luis Rey Downs, about 45 minutes from Del Mar. She said that Total Impact will begin training at Del Mar for the Pacific Classic starting next week.