Updated on 09/17/2011 10:49AM

Fairly Ransom placed on hold


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Fairly Ransom, the winner of 3 of 5 starts in France, is likely to pass Sunday's $200,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park in favor of the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 23, trainer Ron McAnally said.

McAnally said he was not pleased with the way Fairly Ransom finished a seven-furlong workout in 1:30 under jockey Alex Solis last Sunday. "He got a little tired the other day when Alex worked him," McAnally said.

Fairly Ransom was recently purchased by Arnold Zetcher. In France, he won the minor Prix de Courcelles and was third in the Group 2 Prix Greffulhe behind subsequent French Derby winner Dalakhani. Both of those races were over 1 5/16 miles.

The Cinema is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, while the Oceanside is a mile, a distance that McAnally feels may be too short for Fairly Ransom.

"I'd rather run him longer because that's when I think he'll shine," McAnally said.

Fairly Ransom was assigned 119 pounds, second to Senor Swinger who is also a non-starter. The absence of those two leaves Just Wonder and Private Chef as the 117-pound starting highweights. Both are stakes winners in their last starts: Just Wonder in the Ascot Handicap at Bay Meadows on May 10 and Private Chef in the Will Rogers Stakes on May 25.

They will be opposed by Bis Repetitas, Ender's Shadow, Slew City Citadel, and Royal Place.

There will be an even smaller field for Saturday's $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Dublino, the winner of the Wilshire Handicap and the runner-up in the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at this meeting, carries highweight of 122 pounds against Voodoo Dancer, Megahertz, Damaschino, and Se Vera.

The Grade 2 Beverly Hills will mark the U.S. stakes debut of Se Vera, who is trained by McAnally and will carry 112 pounds. She was a stakes winner in Chile last September, her final start in South America.

"It will probably be too tough for her, but she can get the distance," McAnally said.

A short break for Azeri

Azeri, who stretched her winning streak to 10 with a victory in the Vanity Handicap last Saturday, will not resume training until the middle of next week, trainer Laura de Seroux said.

Typical of de Seroux's training style, Azeri is being given "nine or 10 days off" before she returns to the track. "She'll tell us when," de Seroux said. "If she starts bursting at the seams, I'll take her back sooner."

The reigning Horse of the Year, Azeri is being considered for three races, two at Del Mar and one at Saratoga. The Del Mar races are the San Diego Handicap against males on Aug. 3 and the Clement Hirsch Handicap, run against fillies and mares on Aug. 10, which she won last year. A less likely possibility is the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.

De Seroux on Wednesday said that she and owner Michael Paulson are in no hurry to make a decision.

"We're still enjoying the win," she said.

Man Among Men out till next year

Man Among Men, who beat Empire Maker in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in February, will not start for the rest of the year after a recent nuclear scan revealed an ankle injury, trainer Gary Mandella said.

Man Among Men has not started since finishing 10th in the Arkansas Derby on April 12. The injury was detected through a nuclear scan after a recent workout, Mandella said.

Owned by a partnership that includes R.D. Hubbard, Man Among Men has won 3 of 7 starts and $122,640. A stakes winner on turf at 2, Man Among Men was considered a Triple Crown candidate after winning the Sham Stakes, but followed that race with a seventh in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

Mandella said Man Among Men has been sent to Kentucky and will be pointed for the Santa Anita meeting early next year.

"He will come back as a good 4-year-old because we've caught this at the start," he said.

Two Oaks invitees decline

There have been two withdrawals and two additions to the field for the $750,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on July 5.

Mandela, a German stakes winner, is not shipping from Europe. Ocean Drive, the winner of the Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in April, is not shipping from New York. Trainer Todd Pletcher told Hollywood Park racing officials that he was concerned Ocean Drive was not ready because of the recent wet weather on the East Coast.

The absence of that pair has left berths for Liska, who recently joined de Seroux's stable, and Achnasheen, who finished third in the Group 3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 14.

The American Oaks is an invitational expected to draw 14 fillies. The race is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Gary Mandella is hoping to gain a berth for Rutters Renegade, who was second in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes in May but seventh in the Honeymoon Handicap on June 7. Mandella said that Rutters Renegade would start in the $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes over a mile on turf on July 6 if she cannot gain a berth for the Oaks.

- Chief Planner, the winner of the Snow Chief Stakes on April 26, is out indefinitely with a strained suspensory, according to Walther Solis, the director of horse operations at Betty Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm. Chief Planner was expected to start in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap last Sunday but was not entered when an injury was detected. He was scheduled to undergo tests at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Clinic in Los Olivos, Calif., this week to determine the extent of the injury.

- additional reporting by Brad Free