05/15/2007 11:00PM

Eurton seeks stakes with Euroglide


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Three weeks into the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, Peter Eurton finds himself in unfamiliar, but welcome, territory. He is fighting for the lead in the trainers' standings.

Through Sunday, Eurton had 5 winners from 10 starters, and trailed leader Vladimir Cerin by 1 win.

"You never expect that," Eurton said. "Everything has done so well."

The stable will be after its first stakes win of the meeting Sunday when Euroglide starts in the $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs. The Grade 3 Barrera will be Euroglide's stakes debut and his third career start; he won a maiden race and an allowance race at Santa Anita earlier this year.

"My hope is that he can win," Eurton said. "He's training well over" the synthetic track.

Euroglide beat maidens over six furlongs by 6 1/4 lengths on March 23, tracking the pace for the opening quarter-mile before taking the lead on the turn. In a seven-furlong allowance race on April 19, Euroglide led throughout and won by three-quarters of a length after being tested through the stretch by runner-up Robbos Courage.

Eurton is not concerned about Euroglide's apparent regression in the second start, saying that the colt was not fully prepared for the race.

"For his second race, I didn't do a lot with him," Eurton said. "At the five-eighths pole, he got clipped from behind. He didn't have a bad race. It's hard to keep going full speed all the time."

The Barrera field will include the undefeated Try to Fly and Principle Secret, the first two finishers of the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita last month. Principle Secret won the Best Pal Stakes last August and finished second in the Grade 2 Norfolk Breeders' Cup Stakes last October. He was later unplaced in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Hollywood Futurity.

To beat those horses, Euroglide will need to run back to his career debut, and probably still show improvement.

Eurton may have increased his win total by the time he starts Euroglide. Even though he does not have a runner Friday, he will have two starters Saturday: Heated Rebel in an allowance race over 1 1/8 miles and the filly Mad Duck in a maiden claimer over six furlongs. "She fits her name," Eurton said of Mad Duck.

No decision for Hurry Home Warren

Hurry Home Warren, who won his stakes debut in the Harry Henson Stakes over six furlongs on turf here on April 27, is the lone 2007 stakes winner entered in Saturday's $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile on turf.

But trainer Jesse Mendoza has not committed Hurry Home Warren to the Grade 3 Will Rogers. Mendoza said that Hurry Home Warren would be entered in Sunday's Laz Barrera Stakes, and that a decision will be made after assessing the two fields.

The Will Rogers Stakes has eight entrants, including Laddies Poker, an impressive maiden winner at Santa Anita on April 8, and Silent Soul, Worldly, and Yario, who all have won an allowance race in the last six weeks.

Saturday's 10-race program also includes the $75,000 Desert Stormer Handicap over six furlongs. The field of seven is led by 120-pound topweight Selvatica, who has not started since finishing second in the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita in February.

El Roblar pointed to Ack Ack

El Roblar, who missed the San Francisco Mile last month because of a foot injury, breezed six furlongs in 1:13.40 on Wednesday.

Trainer Richard Mandella said El Roblar will be pointed for the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap over 7 1/2 furlongs on June 9. Mandella said the $300,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on May 28 is too soon.

"I need the extra week," he said.

Chinese Dragon and Charmo, the first- and third-place finishers in the San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on April 28, worked Wednesday, preparing for the Shoemaker Mile. Chinese Dragon worked five furlongs in 1:03, while Charmo was timed in 1:00.40. They did not work together.

The field for the Shoemaker is expected to include Becrux, Kip Deville, Right Special, The Tin Man, Vega's Lord, and Willow O Wisp.

Harvard Avenue's future not set

Harvard Avenue, fourth in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 31, worked a half-mile in 49 seconds Wednesday. He won the Grade 3 El Conejo Handicap over 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita in January.

Trainer Doug O'Neill said he did not have a race in mind for Harvard Avenue, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Ron Crockett.

O'Neill was scheduled to throw out the first pitch for Wednesday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.