12/16/2002 1:00AM

Domestic Dispute will wait until Santa Anita for a start


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Kafwain will be trainer Bob Baffert's lone starter in Saturday's $380,000 Hollywood Futurity as Baffert attempts to win the race for the fourth time in the last six years.

Baffert had considered starting Domestic Dispute, the runner-up in the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita in October, but said that colt will not start until the upcoming Santa Anita meeting.

On Sunday, Domestic Dispute worked six furlongs in 1:11 at Santa Anita, the fastest of 14 recorded works at the distance.

Baffert said his decision to pass with Domestic Dispute was partially based on Composure's loss as the heavy favorite in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes on Saturday.

"After yesterday, I'll wait," he said. "Horses either like that track or they hate it."

Kafwain will attempt to join Real Quiet (1997), Captain Steve (1999), and Point Given (2000) as a Baffert-trained winner of the Futurity. All went on to win major races at 3 or 4.

On Sunday, Baffert said that Kafwain, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, emerged from a six-furlong workout at Santa Anita on Saturday in good shape. Kafwain was timed in 1:10.80, the fastest of 10 recorded works at the distance.

Kafwain worked at Hollywood Park in early December. During the summer Kafwain won a maiden race at Hollywood Park and finished fourth in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

"I'll run Kafwain because he's a seasoned horse," Baffert said. "I worked him over there and he's a cool-headed horse."

Kafwain is expected to be favored in the Futurity, which is run over 1 1/16 miles. His leading opponent is Toccet, the winner of the Champagne Stakes, Laurel Futurity, and Remsen Stakes this year. Toccet is scheduled to arrive from Maryland on Thursday.

Other candidates are Ghostzapper, Outta Here, and Roll Hennessy Roll.

Vindication galloping

Vindication, the nation's leading 2-year-old male, is preparing for a return to racing in February or early March, Baffert said.

Unraced since winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Arlington Park in October, Vindication has resumed galloping at Santa Anita and is within three weeks of having his first workout, Baffert said.

As of now, Baffert has yet to choose the race in which Vindication will reappear.

"I don't know where I'll bring him back," Baffert said. "I could go back East. It will probably be the Wood Memorial or the Santa Anita Derby. Hopefully, he'll have two or three races."

The $750,000 Santa Anita Derby will be run on April 5. The $750,000 Wood Memorial will be run at Aqueduct on April 12.

Pincay done for meet

Laffit Pincay Jr. ended his fall meeting with a victory on Piensa Sonando in Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap.

Pincay began a five-day suspension on Sunday, which will prevent him from riding in Southern California until the start of the Santa Anita meeting on Dec. 26. The only day he will ride in the next week is on Saturday at Calder in Miami, where a day is being held in his honor.

The suspension stems from a lost appeal of a disqualification earlier this year.

For much of the fall meeting, Pincay led the jockey standings, but he relinquished his advantage to Alex Solis last Friday when Solis had three wins.

Through Sunday, Solis led all riders with 32 wins, two more than Pincay and three more than Victor Espinoza. The standings could look different this weekend when Solis returns from a previously scheduled vacation with his family. He is booked to resume riding on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, Pincay was fined $300 by track stewards for misuse of whip following the fifth race on Friday. Pincay rode Last Tango in a one-mile turf race for $62,500 claimers. Stuck in traffic in midstretch, Last Tango rallied to finish second. Frustrated at the loss, Pincay struck Last Tango with his whip a stride past the finish.

Import may go in Santa Anita Cap

Piensa Sonando gave Pincay his 9,478th career winner. Imported from South America earlier this year, the 4-year-old Piensa Sonando rallied through the stretch to deny 19-1 Fleetstreet Dancer at the end of 1 1/8 miles. The Native Diver was Piensa Sonando's first stakes win since he scored a Group 3 worth $7,300 in Chile in June 2001.

Before the Native Diver, trainer Ron McAnally was reluctant to forecast the sort of races that Piensa Sonando would try in coming months. Afterward, the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on March 1 became a more reasonable goal for the 4-year-old, who is owned by Nelson Bunker Hunt.

"This horse looks like a nice horse," McAnally said. "It looks like he can get a mile and a quarter. I told Mr. Hunt before the race that horses don't close that well here as a rule. For him to win like that was impressive. Laffit gave him a phenomenal ride."

Disturbingthepeace on the mend

Disturbingthepeace, who won six consecutive races earlier this year before finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, is being pointed for the Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 25 after missing the Great State Challenge Sprint on Dec. 7 because of a grabbed quarter.

Trainer Darrell Vienna said Disturbingthepeace suffered the setback when he was walking off the track after a recent workout at Santa Anita.

"I'm just wait for that foot to grow out," he said.

A 4-year-old, Disturbingthepeace has won 7 of 16 starts and $520,780. During the summer he won the Triple Bend, Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup, and Pat O'Brien handicaps at Hollywood Park and Del Mar.

* Lusty Latin, unraced since finishing 15th in the Kentucky Derby, worked six furlongs in 1:14.40 at Santa Anita on Sunday. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Lusty Latin is being prepared for the $200,000 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26. Last spring, Lusty Latin finished third in the Santa Anita Derby.

* Jockey Joe Steiner will miss the last five days of the Hollywood Park meeting to serve a suspension issued during Fairplex Park. Steiner recently withdrew an appeal of a penalty from Sept. 19.

* David Flores has withdrawn an appeal of a three-day suspension from earlier at this meeting and will not ride from Friday through Sunday.

* Brice Blanc, the journeyman jockey, has returned to Southern California after a brief period of riding in Kentucky.