03/15/2010 11:00PM

Don't Forget Gil points to Rampart


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Following her 2 1/2-length victory in the Wayward Lass Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 27, Don't Forget Gil was being considered for the Apple Blossom Invitational at Oaklawn Park on April 9. But when the purse of that race reverted back to $500,000 from the $5 million it would have been had Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta both run - and with Zenyatta looking every bit the two-time undefeated champion she is - the decision was made to keep Don't Forget Gil in Florida for Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Rampart Handicap.

"It lost its financial luster if Zenyatta's in it," trainer Mark Hennig said of the Apple Blossom.

Don't Forget Gil figures to stack up much better against the competition in the Rampart, a field that is expected to include Unrivaled Belle, Aurora Lights, Miss Match, Miss Singhsix, Morena, and Champagne Eyes.

The only negative to the Rampart, Hennig said, is the fact that Don't Forget Gil would be running back in just three weeks. But Hennig didn't think the Wayward Lass was a taxing race on his 4-year-old New York-bred filly.

"She seems good, she worked really well the other day," Hennig said. "I think it was a good effort. It was hopefully kind of building her for this. It's less than ideal to come back in three weeks, but she's a big strapping filly, she has done well this winter at Payson Park like she always does. I think she'll be able to handle it."

Ramon Dominguez will ride Don't Forget Gil.

Stardom Bound will try turf

Stardom Bound, the Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old filly of 2008, is expected to make her next start on the grass, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said this week. Dutrow, who trains Stardom Bound for a group headed by Mike Iavarone's IEAH Stables, said there are three potential turf spots at Keeneland, including the Grade 2, $200,000 Jenny Wiley at 1 1/16 miles on April 16. There also are two allowances a week earlier for which Stardom Bound would be eligible.

Stardom Bound worked five times on the turf this winter at Gulfstream, including on Sunday.

"She's a grass filly," Dutrow said. "We've been telling Mike to put her on it for the last four months, and he's finally going to let us do it."

After winning five consecutive Grade 1 races on synthetic surfaces, including the Santa Anita Oaks last March, Stardom Bound has lost her last four starts, including a seventh-place finish in the La Canada Stakes last month at Santa Anita.

Dutrow also said that Diamondrella, the Grade 1-winning turf mare, is being pointed to the Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland on April 17. Diamondrella won the Giant's Causeway last April as part of a six-race winning streak that included a victory in the Grade 1 Just a Game at Belmont in June.

Diamondrella has worked twice over Gulfstream's turf course since shipping in from California after a 10th-place finish in the Santa Monica over Santa Anita's synthetic surface.

"She came to us in terrible condition," Dutrow said. "She had a lot of issues, we got most of them cleared up."

Capt. Candyman Can out until fall

Capt. Candyman Can, a five-time stakes winner including the Grade 1 King's Bishop via disqualification, will be out until at least the fall after having a chip surgically removed from a knee, trainer Ian Wilkes said.

"He had been doing well, then we noticed some heat in a knee, X-rayed him, and we found the chip," said Wilkes, who added that the surgery was done in Florida by Dr. Stephen Selway. Capt. Candyman Can arrived at a farm in Lexington on Monday.

Capt. Candyman Can is 6 for 12 in his career, with graded stakes victories in the Iroquois at 2 and the Hutcheson, Bay Shore, Matt Winn, and King's Bishop at 3. He has not run since finishing eighth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita last November. He had been in training at Palm Meadows and breezed as recently as Feb. 23.