10/05/2004 12:00AM

During takes on top sprinters

Benoit & Associates
During, winning the Grade 2 San Fernando BC in January, is trying a tough side trip on the way to the Breeders' Cup - the Grade 1 Ancient Title.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Trainer Nick Hines is rapidly discovering the challenge of working with owner Jim McIngvale. After During scratched from the Grade 2 Goodwood Handicap on Saturday, the ambitious plan was to train him up to the Breeders' Cup Classic. Then McIngvale had another idea - why not try him in a sprint?

"He told me [Monday] he had a dream that this horse would win the Ancient Title," Hines said. "It's his decision. Do I think [During] is a six-furlong horse? No. If the horse wins, I give him the majority of the credit."

During has been supplemented for $5,000 to the Grade 1 Ancient Title, so the colt will make his first start for Hines at six furlongs Sunday against top sprinters Bluesthestandard, Pohave, and Hombre Rapido. It will be During's first try at six furlongs since his debut on Jan. 4, 2003, for trainer Bob Baffert. In early September, McIngvale transferred his horses from Baffert to Hines. During has won 6 races and $809,030 in 19 starts.

"I hate to look at it as a paid workout," Hines said. "The main thing is the horse comes back in good order, and hopefully stays on course for the Breeders' Cup."

During was assigned 116 pounds for the Ancient Title.

Hombre Rapido's slow time a mix-up

Bluesthestandard and Pohave are the 118-pound highweights for the Ancient Title, while a strong workout Monday by Hombre Rapido suggests the 7-year-old will be a major factor in the six-furlong sprint. Hombre Rapido was given 1:18.60 for six furlongs, but trainer John Sadler said the slow work time was a case of mistaken identity. He said Hombre Rapido's time was mixed up with Pointforli's, and Hombre Rapido actually worked in 1:12.20.

"He's training super here - he's all ready to go," Sadler said of Hombre Rapido, whose last start was a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap on July 25 at Del Mar. Hombre Rapido, who was assigned 114 pounds for the Ancient Title, could be difficult to catch.

"A lot of it has to do with how much speed is in there," Sadler said.

A small field is expected for the Ancient Title. Kamsack and Omega Code were assigned 113 pounds.

Sadler also worked Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Our New Recruit five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on Tuesday, as he targets the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Sadler disagrees with the contention that Pico Central has wrapped up the sprint championship.

"If Our New Recruit wins the Breeders' Cup, he will have won the two best sprint races in the world," Sadler said.

Law firm to fight Nakatani suspension

Jockey Corey Nakatani has hired the high-profile Los Angeles law firm of Geragos and Geragos as he seeks a temporary restraining order that would allow him to continue to ride while he fights a 30-day suspension.

"We hope to be able to ride Friday, which is when the suspension starts," Nakatani's agent, Nick Cosato, said Tuesday.

The suspension was based on a March 6 incident in which Nakatani was held responsible for causing interference that led to a spill.

One of the law firm's principals, attorney Mark Geragos, is representing defendant Scott Peterson in a murder case that has received national publicity.

Islander retires to stud at age 9

Islander, a 9-year-old veteran, has been retired from racing and will stand at stud next spring at Victory Rose Farms in Vacaville, Calif. A crowd favorite in Southern California throughout his five-year racing career, Islander won 19 races and $469,524 from 53 starts.

Trainer Jeff Metz said owner Paul Valencia decided to retire Islander after he finished eighth of nine in a $10,000 claiming race Sept. 26 at Fairplex Park. Islander finished third in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap in 2001. No stud fee has been set for the son of Rubiano.

Cadillac Cruiser to reappear soon

Cadillac Cruiser, one of the most impressive 2-year-old maiden winners during the Del Mar meet, has returned to serious training and is expected to resurface later this meet. Trained by Mike Machowsky and owned by Frank Stronach, Cadillac Cruiser scored a three-length maiden win Sept. 8 in a mile race at Del Mar while earning a 72 Beyer. The colt, sired by Touch Gold out of stakes winner Hollywood Picture, worked a half-mile Tuesday at Santa Anita in 49.20 seconds, his first work since the maiden win.

"He popped a little splint and lost a little weight," Machowsky said. "We'll try to find a race for him at the end of the meet."

Cadillac Cruiser's maiden win was flattered Sunday when the colt he beat, Lucky Bid, returned to win a maiden race.

Machowsky said that Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image was tack-walking and will not return until the winter meet at Santa Anita.

Santa Candida heads for California

South American Group 1 winner Santa Candida has been sold to California interests and is scheduled to ship to California on Oct. 14. Santa Candida will be trained by A.C. Avila after a three-length win Sunday in the Group 1 Gran Premio Seleccion de Potrancas at Hipodromo La Plata.

Santa Candida, a 3-year-old filly, has won 4 of 6, including races at the Group 2 and Group 3 level.

'Ambitious' plans for Boston Glory?

Nothing has been ruled out for the 2-year-old colt Boston Glory, who earned $40,000 Sunday by finishing second behind Roman Ruler in the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes.

"He's a nice horse, he tries hard," said Eoin Harty, who trains Boston Glory for Eagle Oak Ranch. "We might try something ambitious - it just depends on how ambitious."

Boston Glory earned a career-best 77 Beyer in his second-place effort, and increased his earnings total to $67,850.

* Yearly Report worked seven furlongs Tuesday for Baffert in 1:27.60, and is one of three Golden Eagle Farms runners that Baffert will start in the California Cup races on Oct. 16. Yearly Report will run in the $150,000 Cal Cup Matron; Western Hemisphere in the $150,000 Cal Cup Distaff; and the maiden Planning Surprises in the $125,000 Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies.