04/27/2005 12:00AM

Dime superfectas coming

Benoit & Associates
Stakes winner No Bull Baby has been retired.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Hollywood Park will begin offering 10-cent superfectas in May, general manager Eual Wyatt told the California Horse Racing Board's parimutuel committee Wednesday.

The dime superfecta bets have been offered in recent weeks at tracks such as Hawthorne, Keeneland, and Sam Houston Race Park.

California tracks have not offered the bet on their races, but recently began offering 10-cent superfectas on simulcasts. The bets have been available only through parimutuel tellers and not through automated betting machines. Wyatt said that could change in coming weeks. TVG, California's most popular Internet betting platform, does not currently offer 10-cent superfectas.

Wyatt conducted a study of superfecta bets last Thursday, a day when only simulcast betting was offered in California, and said he was surprised at the number of 10-cent wagers.

The track has not done much promotion on the dime superfectas, and Wyatt said further studies on fan interest would be done in coming days.

The switch from a $1 minimum to 10-cent superfectas can be done administratively and does not require a vote from the board, according to CHRB senior auditor John Reagan.

The addition of 10-cent superfectas was lauded by James Quinn, handicapping author and a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Players Panel.

"I think it's a step forward," Quinn said. "The main advantage [for players] is that it will eliminate the tax burden and improve their cash flow."

In another matter before the parimutuel committee, which comprises Jerry Moss and John Sperry, Quinn urged the CHRB to change the state's policies when horses are scratched from pick three and pick four bets. Under current policy, bettors get the favorite in their pick three and pick four wagers when a horse is scratched.

Quinn said his panel has recommended that when horses are scratched from the first leg of those bets, bettors should receive a refund. When horses are scratched from later legs of the bets, Quinn said the recommendation is for a consolation to be paid, similar to what occurs in the daily double. Those measures would require rule changes and could not be enacted until the fall, at the earliest.

Also Wednesday, the parimutuel committee was informed by Dave Payton, of the tote company Scientific Games Inc., that the provision for alternate selections to the pick four, pick six, and place pick all would be in place by the start of the Del Mar meeting July 20. The provision was taken away from bettors in the fall of 2002, after the scandal surrounding the Breeders' Cup pick six at Arlington Park.

Injury ends No Bull Baby's career

No Bull Baby, the winner of two sprint stakes, has been retired after injuring an ankle while galloping, trainer Bob Baffert said. No Bull Baby was sent to Kentucky to be bred Wednesday, he said.

No Bull Baby was under consideration for Sunday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park at the time of the injury.

Owned and bred by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, No Bull Baby won 3 of 9 starts and $210,188. She won the seven-furlong Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park last November and the Santa Paula Stakes at Santa Anita on April 2.

No Bull Baby was second in the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita last October and the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita in January.

Baffert could have two for Railbird

Even with the defection of No Bull Baby, Baffert may start two fillies - Inspiring and Pegasus Rose - in the Railbird, a seven-furlong stakes for 3-year-olds.

Inspiring won the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes last August before being sidelined by injury. She returned to finish third in the Santa Paula Stakes after dueling with No Bull Baby to the eighth pole. The form of that race has held up. The runner-up, Leave Me Alone, returned to win the $200,000 Melair Stakes for statebred fillies last weekend.

Pegasus Rose was fifth in the Sunland Park Oaks in her stakes debut April 2.

Both Inspiring and Pegasus Rose worked a half-mile at Santa Anita on Wednesday. Inspiring was timed in 46.60 seconds, the fourth-fastest of 47 works at the distance, and Pegasus Rose was timed in 48.60.

Inspiring is also being considered for the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 5.

Aside from the Baffert fillies, the other candidates for the Railbird Stakes are Conveyor's Angel, Donna's Doll, Island Escape, Off the Richter, and Short Route.

Saturday's top race is the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Special Ring, the 120-pound topweight, will not start, according to trainer Julio Canani. A winner of 10 of 28 starts and $915,023, Special Ring worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.

The likely starters include Fail Me Not, Just Wonder, King of Happiness, Mister Acpen, Red Fort, and either Inesperado or Vangelis. The latter two are trained by Bobby Frankel.

More to come for Dream of Summer, Texcess

Dream of Summer and Texcess, major stakes winners who were beaten on the Gold Rush program last Sunday, will reappear later at this meeting, their trainers said Wednesday.

Dream of Summer finished fourth in the B. Thoughtful Handicap for fillies and mares. She fought for the lead on the backstretch before fading to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind Alphabet Kisses. The race came two weeks after she won the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

"I may have run her back too soon," trainer Juan Garcia said Wednesday.

He said that Dream of Summer will be given a break but that she could start in the Grade 1 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/16 miles June 4.

Texcess, who finished fifth in the Snow Chief Stakes, will be switched to turf, trainer Paul Aguirre said. California's champion 2-year-old male of 2004, Texcess will be pointed for the $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes for 3-year-olds at a mile on turf May 28.

Aguirre said he regretted the decision to have Texcess contest the pace in the Snow Chief.

"We were watching speed win all day long and we made a mistake," he said.