10/23/2008 12:00AM

Elusive Bluff scratched from Juvenile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Elusive Bluff was scratched from Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile due to a bruised right hind foot, trainer Eric Guillot said Thursday.

"He's going to be good in a week, he ain't going to be good on Saturday," Guillot said.

Elusive Bluff, a son of Elusive Quality, won his first two starts - both on turf at Belmont Park - including the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes on Oct. 1. Though he had earned an automatic berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by virtue of his Pilgrim win, Elusive Bluff was entered in the Juvenile.

Guillot said there is a chance Elusive Bluff would run again this year, possibly at the Hollywood Park meet.

The scratch of Elusive Bluff reduces the Juvenile field to 12. The horses drawn outside of him will all move in one spot.

Mast Track unlikely to run in Dirt Mile

After being out of the Breeders' Cup, and then back in, Mast Track's prospects of competing in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Saturday at Santa Anita looked bleak on Thursday morning.

"If he's not 100 percent, I'm not going to run him," said Bobby Frankel, who trains and owns Mast Track. "And odds are he won't be 100 percent."

Mast Track has a quarter crack on the outside of his right front hoof. On Monday, when the quarter crack was first discovered, Frankel said Mast Track's participation "wasn't meant to be." But on Tuesday, Frankel entered the horse in the Dirt Mile, saying, "It's not that bad."- Jay Privman

Dutrow happy with Salute the Count

After watching Salute the Count breeze three furlongs in 34.80 seconds Thursday morning over Santa Anita's main track, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said Salute the Count will definitely run in Saturday's $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

On Monday, Dutrow said he had to cancel a scheduled work for Salute the Count at Aqueduct because the horse had developed filling in a leg. By late Monday afternoon, the filling had subsided, so Dutrow put him on a plane Tuesday for California.

"He went good, we're happy with him," said Dutrow, who trains Salute the Count for Michael Dubb and Robert Joscelyn. "There's a ton of speed in the race. If he likes the track I'm sure he's gong to run as good as he can be. This is all fun for the owners. If he picks up a check they're going to be as happy as they can be."

Salute the Count is owned by Michael Dubb and Robert Joscelyn.- David Grening

Shakis may have one more in him

Shakis, who starts Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Mile, will retire to stud at Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm outside Lexington, Ky., for the 2009 breeding season, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Thursday.

But do not accuse Sheikh Hamdan of rushing Shakis off to stud: The son of Machiavelli is an 8-year-old with 34 starts dating all the way back to 2002.

McLaughlin said there's a good chance Shakis could start in the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park before he leaves the racetrack.

"We plan on running back there if all goes well," McLaughlin said. "Maybe if he wins Saturday, Sheikh Hamdan would change his plans."

Just a listed stakes winner overseas, Shakis has won the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch the last two years, and his connections are seeking a Grade 1 victory before the horse retires. Sheikh Hamdan is paying $180,000 to supplement Shakis to the BC Mile.

"For the average owner, that would be betting, but Sheikh Hamdan is more a sportsman, and felt that this was the right thing to do for the sport, and for the horse to try and win a Grade 1," McLaughlin said.

- Marcus Hersh

Indyanne too ill for Filly-Mare Sprint

Indyanne was the fastest horse in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, scheduled for Friday, but the speedster will return home empty-handed after a minor illness knocked her out of the $1 million race in which she would have set the pace.

No one knows how far she would have lasted, but trainer Greg Gilchrist assured, "They were going to see her gray ass, I can tell you that; they were going to have to catch her."

After shipping from Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday, Indyanne came down with a slight temperature Wednesday, she started to cough, and left feed in her tub.

"It's a bunch of little things that add up to a big thing," Gilchrist said.

Indyanne was officially scratched from the Filly and Mare Sprint on Thursday morning.

"If this was seven days earlier, we would have been through it, and we would have been okay," Gilchrist said. "I would imagine by race day she will be out here bucking and kicking."

The 3-year-old filly Indyanne is owned by David and Jill Heerensperger.

"They were disappointed," Gilchrist said. "You get all this build-up, then you get this phone call."

Gilchrist said Indyanne would stay in training, with a variety of options.

"She has not been on turf and has not stretched out, so we'll get her home, get her well, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see her run on turf, or a mile."

Indyanne has earned $434,870 by winning 5 of 6, including two Grade 3 races. - Brad Free

Atka sustains minor injury

Atka, who was entered for Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, sustained a minor back injury when she was cast in her stall on Tuesday night but had showed improvement by Thursday morning, owner-trainer Mike Harrington said.

Atka was on the also-eligible list for the Juvenile Fillies Turf and was withdrawn from the race, Harrington said. He said the filly is likely to resume training by the weekend.

"She's better," Harrington said. "She got cast and wrenched her back. She'll be able to go on in a few days. I had no choice but to scratch."

Atka has 1 victory in 7 starts, a maiden race at Hollywood Park in April. In six stakes appearances in California, she has placed twice.- Steve Andersen

Frankel plots course for Vineyard Haven

Bobby Frankel, the trainer and majority owner, said Vineyard Haven will take the south Florida route to the Kentucky Derby. Frankel plans to ship Vineyard Haven from Belmont Park to Gulfstream Park in early November and will run him either two or three times leading up to the Derby.

Vineyard Haven could make his 3-year-old debut in the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park going seven furlongs on Jan. 30; then go to the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 28 at one mile; and then to the Florida Derby at 1 1/8 miles on March 28. If he opts to run Vineyard Haven twice before the Derby, Frankel may wait until the Fountain of Youth.

Frankel said Thursday that he has no regrets about not entering Vineyard Haven - winner of the Hopeful and Champagne - in the Breeders' Cup. He would have had to supplement the colt to the race for $180,000.

Frankel, who owns Vineyard Haven with Joe Torre and Louis Lazzinnaro, said Vineyard Haven would likely breeze at Belmont before shipping to Gulfstream.

"Just to keep him in tune, just go an easy half," Frankel said. "I don't want to stop on him. He don't need to be stopped on, he's a good, sound horse, why stop and start all over again?"

While Vineyard Haven has the credentials to be named champion 2-year-old, Frankel knows he will need some help to get it. A victory in the Juvenile by Square Eddie, Street Hero, or Midshipman would give one of those horses two Grade 1 wins. - David Grening

Clement will maintain California stable

Even after the Breeders' Cup is done, New York-based trainer Christophe Clement will still have a presence in Southern California. Clement plans to have 6 to 10 horses in California for the winter. Since 2006, Clement has won 11 stakes races on this circuit, including eight graded events.

Clement was scheduled to run Vacare and Mauralakana in Friday's Filly and Mare Turf and In Summation in Saturday's Sprint. Clement said no final decisions have been made on the future of those three horses.

"At the moment we'll run everything and reassess after the race and go from there," Clement said. "And we'll send from New York whatever we think will be live here for the winter."- David Grening