06/16/2008 11:00PM

Esporte Dos Reis figures live


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A first-level allowance Thursday at 1 1/4 miles on turf offers one of the most attractive wagering opportunities on the Hollywood Park card. Esporte Dos Reis makes his second start in North America after arriving from Brazil, and his trainer, Paulo Lobo, expects significant improvement over his fifth-place U.S. debut.

"He needed that race," Lobo said, adding that Esporte Dos Reis "is a big, heavy horse coming from a long layoff. I like him."

Esporte Dos Reis won 2 of 8 in Brazil and should benefit from the distance Thursday. Besides, many South Americans need an adjustment period.

"It takes two or three times to learn to run here," Lobo said. "There are short turns and a short stretch; [in Brazil] the stretch is three-eighths, with a big turn. Here, they need to learn to change leads faster, and the pace is faster."

Esporte Dos Reis will be ridden by Joel Rosario in race 7. His rivals include Smoocher, making his second start since being gelded; Farligh House; Choctaw Chief; Booyan; and Hebesmallbutmighty.

Dixie Chatter puzzles Mandella

Trainer Richard Mandella is still trying to figure out what went wrong with 3-year-old Dixie Chatter in the Affirmed; he hopes to solve the shadow-jumping riddle of 3-year-old turf runner Tiz West; and said Tuesday that all systems are go for 9-year-old Perfect Drift, who next weekend will try to become the oldest horse to win the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Dixie Chatter rallied to contention at the quarter pole of the Affirmed, but flattened out and finished 6 1/4 lengths back.

"I was disappointed he didn't keep coming and haven't figured out the answer," Mandella said. "Obviously, the winner [Two Step Salsa] is a very nice horse. That's one reason."

Mandella said Tuesday he was unsure if Dixie Chatter would run in the Grade 2 Swaps on July 12.

Tiz West will have an equipment change Saturday in the Grade 3 Cinema for 3-year-olds on grass. He jumped repeated shadows May 17 in the Grade 2 Will Rogers and finished fourth by two lengths. He was not wearing a shadow roll, but Mandella said, "He will now. He lost all his chance" jumping shadows.

As for Perfect Drift, he is on target after a solid one-mile work Sunday at Santa Anita. Perfect Drift finished a good fourth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on May 26, his first start in nearly a year.

"I thought it was a very nice race," Mandella said, adding that he thinks Perfect Drift is a little better on the main track.

Perfect Drift has won 11 races and more than $4.6 million from 47 starts.

Hendricks stocked with juveniles

Brother Derek had his second workout on the comeback trail Tuesday at Santa Anita, five furlongs in 1:00. Meanwhile, trainer Dan Hendricks and owner Cecil Peacock are looking forward to the debut of Brother Derek's 2-year-old half-sister Imforeal. Sired by In Excess, Imforeal had her first half-mile work Friday; Hendricks said "she seems real nice." Imforeal was purchased at Keeneland for $310,000.

Hendricks enters summer with a deep group of 2-year-olds, including Annihilation, who ran sixth in her debut on Sunday.

"BTL," Hendricks said, short for "better than looked." Annihilation pressed the pace, dropped back while racing greenly, and then re-rallied to midpack. Hendricks starts first-time starter Form a Posse in race 8 on Thursday, although he expects the colt to improve with racing. Mr. Rod, a son of Scrimshaw, had his first half-mile work Friday.

Will Rogers runner-up Indian Sun will miss the Cinema on Saturday, but will be ready for opening day at Del Mar, Hendricks said. "I'm just going to give him a couple weeks and crank him up for the Oceanside," he said.

Street Boss drills six furlongs

The best sprinter in California worked six furlongs Tuesday at Santa Anita. Rapidly improving Street Boss, winner of the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap last out, was the first horse on the track after the 8 a.m. renovation break and worked in 1:11.80.

"He didn't even break a sweat," trainer Bruce Headley said.

Street Boss has won 4 of his last 5 starts, earned triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in his last two starts, and is expected to start favored July 5 in the Grade 1, seven-furlong Triple Bend at Hollywood Park.

Triumphant Flight impresses

It was not the fastest 2-year-old race this season, but the visually impressive June 12 debut by Triumphant Flight suggests the colt could have a productive summer for trainer Eric Kruljac and owner Tyler Seltzer. Triumphant Flight, sired by Chullo, was headed in midstretch but re-rallied to win by a half-length in 58.11 seconds, earning a 67 Beyer.

"He's going to have to move forward, and Victor [Espinoza] said he was green on the turn, but he won on his own," Kruljac said.

Triumphant Flight will be nominated to the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile on July 5, but Kruljac said it was more likely he would run next on July 23 at Del Mar in the Graduation Stakes.

Albertus Maximus gives turf a try

If he is anything like his sister, the 4-year-old Albertus Maximus will move up when trainer Gary Mandella switches him to turf for his next start. Albertus Maximus broke a step slowly last time and finished more than 10 lengths behind Heatseeker in the Grade 2 Californian, after which Mandella decided on a surface switch.

"His sister [Chasethegold] was 12 lengths better on grass," he said.

Albertus Maximus worked six furlongs on the turf Sunday, after which jockey Corey Nakatani told Mandella he handles the turf "maybe a tick better" than the main track. Albertus Maximus, runner-up in the Grade 2 Swaps and Grade 3 Affirmed last summer and 3 for 11 overall, will nominate to the Grade 2 American Handicap, but is more likely to show up in an allowance race. His half-sister Chasethegold won 3 of her first 4 starts on turf for Mandella in 2004.