05/23/2006 11:00PM

Drysdale duo set for Shoemaker


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Neil Drysdale will have two of the seven expected starters in Monday's $300,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park.

He will saddle both Aragorn and Terroplane who are overdue for their first stakes win of the year.

Aragorn, who won the Oak Tree Derby last October, has been second in two major stakes this year, the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March and the Grade 2 San Francisco BC Mile at Golden Gate Fields on April 29.

Terroplane may be the hard-luck horse of the year in Southern California. He finished second in the Thunder Road Handicap in February, was fifth by a length after a wide trip in the Kilroe, and ran fourth in the Arcadia.

Winless in 13 stakes appearances in his 22-race career, Terroplane would seem to be a throwout in the Grade 1 Shoemaker, but Drysdale said he emerged from his last race with a minor injury.

"He had a sore foot," Drysdale said. "He was off. It was disappointing."

The narrow miss in the Kilroe was a tough loss for partners David Bienstock and Chuck Winner. Terroplane was last of 13 with a quarter-mile remaining, and made up seven lengths only to fall short.

"He's the outsider, but he's got the ability, too," Drysdale said.

There will be more support in the Shoemaker for Aragorn, 4. He

finished only a length behind Shoemaker hopeful Charmo in the San Francisco Mile after racing within a head of the lead in the stretch.

"I'm pleased with the way that Aragorn is going," Drysdale said. "We're still learning about him."

The probable favorite for the Shoemaker is Silent Name, winner of the Arcadia Handicap. Silent Name, by Sunday Silence, was bred in Japan and began his career in France before joining trainer Gary Mandella's stable over the winter.

The other probable starters are Diamond Green, Milk It Mick, and Willow O Wisp.

Chinese Dragon has minor injury

Chinese Dragon, a four-time stakes winner, will miss the Shoemaker Mile because of an ankle injury, trainer Bob Hess Jr. said. He said the injury is not serious.

"He has a little warmth in his ankle," Hess said. "I don't feel like

I should run him. I think he jammed it a little."

Chinese Dragon, 4, has won 6 of 11 starts and $348,492. He was third in the Kilroe Mile and second in the Arcadia Handicap earlier this year. Chinese Dragon missed the San Francisco Mile last month because of a bruised foot.

"That's a separate incident, same leg but a separate incident," Hess said. "He'll be fine. You'll hear from him throughout the summer."

Several on the fence for Gamely

The trainers of several leading fillies and mares are unsure whether they will be represented in Monday's $300,000 Gamely BC Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Memorette, the winner of the Fran's Valentine on April 30, may start in the Gamely or the Milady BC Handicap on the main track on June 4, owner-trainer Bill Currin said.

The Milady could also lure Hollywood Story, according to trainer John Shirreffs. In her lone start on turf, Hollywood Story finished third in the 2004 American Oaks.

Drysdale said that Dalicia, a stakes winner in Germany last year and an allowance race winner here earlier this month, will pass the Gamely.

Round Heels and Tanta Suerte, foreign stakes winners trained by Laura de Seroux, were entered in Friday's Wishing Well Stakes.

The likely absence of those fillies and mares leaves Argentina, Eternal Melody, Film Maker, Sharp Lisa, and Shining Energy as the probable Gamely starters, although others are under consideration.

Ticker Tape, who beat Hollywood Story in the 2004 American Oaks, may be entered, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Giacomo uncertain for Californian

Giacomo worked five furlongs in 1:01 on Wednesday, but Shirreffs said the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner was "iffy" for the $250,000 Californian Stakes on June 17.

Giacomo has not started since finishing fifth in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 4.

Shirreffs has two younger half-brothers to Giacomo in his Hollywood Park stable. The 3-year-old Falcon Scott, by Swain, is nearing his first start.

The 2-year-old Tiago, by Pleasant Tap, arrived in early April. He has had "a couple of fast gallops" on the training track, Shirreffs said. "He hasn't breezed yet, but he's getting close."

A. P. Warrior prepping for Affirmed

A. P. Warrior, who finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.40 on Wednesday.

Owned by Stan Fulton, A. P. Warrior is being pointed for the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap on June 17, Shirreffs said.

Shirreffs said he will not run A. P. Warrior in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.

She's an Eleven possible for Oaks

She's an Eleven, who was fifth in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico last Friday, has been given a clean bill of health, trainer John Sadler said.

Sent off as the even-money favorite, She's an Eleven was never closer than fourth and was beaten eight lengths in the Black-Eyed Susan. She won the Melair Stakes for California-breds here on April 30.

"Health-wise, she's fine, but she didn't handle the surface," Sadler said.

She's an Eleven will be nominated for the $150,000 Hollywood BC Oaks on June 11, with her participation contingent on how she responds to the recent loss.

"It's back in three weeks, but she may bounce back," Sadler said.

Drysdale points pair to Whittingham

Drysdale intends to have two starters in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on turf on June 10 - Fourty Niners Son and Red Fort.

Fourty Niners Son finished second in an allowance race last Saturday, his first start of the year. He won the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Oak Tree at Santa Anita last October.

Red Fort, second in the 2005 Whittingham, was fourth in the Inglewood Handicap here on April 29, his only start of the year.