12/01/2003 12:00AM

Dubai next goal for 'Dancer'


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Fleetstreet Dancer, the shocking winner of the $2 million Japan Cup Dirt at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday, is scheduled to return to California on Thursday but is unlikely to stay home long.

Trainer Doug O'Neill on Sunday said he has the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 27 as a long-term goal for Fleetstreet Dancer, who won his first stakes in the Japan Cup Dirt in the 22nd start of his career.

O'Neill said Fleetstreet Dancer is likely to have a prep race for the Dubai World Cup in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita on Jan. 31.

"The main concern with the Japan trip was how would he travel," he said.

O'Neill said that he and owners Ty and Lee Leatherman discussed the Dubai World Cup during the flight home on Sunday.

Sent off at 48-1 in Japan, Fleetstreet Dancer won by a nose over the Japan-based Admire Don, a 4-year-old colt by Timber Country.

The victory was all the more remarkable considering that Fleetstreet Dancer was claimed by the Leathermans for $40,000 at Santa Anita in October 2002. Earlier this year, Fleetstreet Dancer, a 5-year-old gelding, finished third in the $1 million Pacific Classic and second in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, behind eventual Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect.

O'Neill said the win in Japan proved that Fleetstreet Dancer belongs in top-class races such as the Dubai World Cup.

"That was something that was far-fetched before," he said.

Adoration highweight in Bayakoa

Adoration, the upset winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, will carry top weight of 121 pounds for Sunday's $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Adoration has made one start on dirt at Hollywood Park, winning the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks in June 2002. She also won the Senorita Stakes on turf here in 2002.

"This looks like a great spot," Hofmans said of the Bayakoa.

Hofmans and owners John and Jerry Amerman considered the Matriarch Stakes last Sunday, but Hofmans and jockey Patrick Valenzuela were not pleased with the way the 4-year-old Adoration worked on turf.

Hofmans said that Adoration would be shipped to Hollywood Park from the trainer's base at Santa Anita for a midweek workout.

"She's fresh, so after this we'll give her a break for six or eight weeks," Hofmans said.

Other probables for the Bayakoa include Angel Gift, Bare Necessities, Keys to the Heart, Southern Oasis, and Star Parade.

Tizbud, the surprise winner of the California Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 8, will start in Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on dirt. He will face Chinkapin, Nose the Trade, Olmodavor, and Total Impact.

King Robyn: Six meets, six stakes

King Robyn reached a unique milestone in Southern California racing with his victory in Friday's $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express. The win gave him the distinction of winning stakes at each of the six Thoroughbred race meetings on the circuit.

A 3-year-old trained by Jeff Mullins for Cornejo Racing, King Robyn won his fourth consecutive stakes and sixth of the year in the Grade 3 Turf Express.

Earlier in the year, he won the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita in the spring, the Harry Henson Stakes at the Hollywood Park summer meeting, the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar, the Foothill Stakes at Fairplex Park, and the Morvich Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

Mullins describes King Robyn as more of a working-class horse than a stakes horse.

"He gives you everything he's got every time," Mullins said.

King Robyn ($3.80) led throughout the Turf Express, finishing 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02.08. Ridden by Tyler Baze, he repelled an early challenge from Full Moon Madness, outfought Golden Arrow around the turn, and held off a late run from Geronimo to win by a half-length.

Geronimo finished a length in front of Golden Arrow in the field of nine.

King Robyn has won 11 of 19 starts and $493,710. Mullins has trained King Robyn since the gelding was transferred to his stable last winter from Florida.

He has not decided on an upcoming race but said the $250,000 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 was unlikely. "I don't think he wants seven," Mullins said.

Buddy Gil to return in Malibu

Buddy Gil, the Santa Anita Derby winner, worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds under Jerry Bailey at Santa Anita on Sunday. Bailey said he is unlikely to take the mount for the Malibu Stakes because he has a family commitment in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Buddy Gil's time was the second-fastest of 53 recorded works at the distance. Only Consecrate, a 2-year-old trained by Bob Baffert, worked faster, finishing in 58.20 seconds.

Buddy Gil has not started since finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby, emerging from the race with an injury. Buddy Gil has won 5 of 10 starts and $729,455. He won three consecutive stakes at the Santa Anita meeting this year, a sequence that ended with a gritty victory in the Santa Anita Derby.

"He was pretty mature, but he seems more mature now," Mullins said.

Mullins said he has not determined who will ride Buddy Gil. Gary Stevens had the mount last spring, but Stevens has not ridden since Breeders' Cup Day on Oct. 25 and said in early November that he did not know when he would return to riding.

Buddy Gil could start in all three legs of the Strub series. The Malibu Stakes is the first leg, followed by the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes on Jan. 10 and the $300,000 Strub Stakes on Feb. 7.