12/08/2005 1:00AM

Fairplex to make retroactive payments

Borrego, unraced since the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 29, had his first workout since then on Thursday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Fairplex Park in Pomona will make a retroactive purse payment of $241,209 to owners whose horses earned prize money during this year's meeting, officials with the county fair announced on Thursday.

The increase is equal to a 6 percent purse increase, according to George Bradvica, Fairplex's equine manager.

"The checks go out next week, just in time for Christmas," Bradvica said. "That is a lot of money. We're happy to do it."

Fairplex Park handled a record $113.8 million from all sources during its 16-day meeting in September. The figure surpassed the previous mark, set in 2003, by $4.6 million.

The track changed its racing schedule this year, eliminating Tuesdays and reducing the meeting by one day. Bradvica said the changes helped to draw larger fields. The Fairplex meet averaged more than eight horses per race over its small five-eighths-mile track, which can accommodate only 10 starters, Bradvica said.

"We changed our racing schedule to go six days a week," Bradvica said. "We felt it would give us better fields, and it did. We had more winner's races and that helped out. All in all, the horsemen really supported us. We were up in all areas."

Giacomo and Borrego work

Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, and Borrego, the winner of two Grade 1 races this year, worked on Thursday at Hollywood Park, preparing for comebacks early next year.

Borrego, unraced since finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 29, breezed three furlongs in 38.20 seconds. It was his first workout since getting a break following the BC Classic.

Borrego worked alone.

"He's been doing enough every morning, so I said, 'We'd better get going now,' " trainer Beau Greely said. "He galloped out in 12 [seconds] flat. He's a horse that if you work him five furlongs, he doesn't get going until he's gone six."

Greely is hoping to have Borrego ready for the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita on Feb. 5. Greely plans to give Borrego a 4-year-old campaign of approximately six starts in 2006, including the BC Classic at Churchill Downs.

Giacomo, unraced since finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes in June, breezed a half-mile in 52.80 seconds. The workout was his third half-mile breeze since returning to training following surgery in June to have bone chips removed from an ankle and knee.

Trainer John Shirreffs is planning to start Giacomo in January at Santa Anita.

"Everything since the surgery has gone really well," Shirreffs said.

On Thursday, Giacomo worked alone. Unlike last week, Giacomo did not get warm before the workout.

"This time, he was perfect," Shirreffs said. "He wasn't anxious, and he wasn't anticipating the pole" where the workout started. "That's what we want, so it can be more of a breeze or a gallop than a workout."

Alinghi retired with injury

Alinghi, the Australian champion filly who won the Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap at Saratoga in her U.S. debut this summer, has been retired, trainer Bobby Frankel said on Thursday.

Alinghi recently suffered a tendon injury while in training at Hollywood Park, Frankel said.

The injury will result in Alinghi being bred, although Frankel did not know if she would be bred in Australia or the United States.

Alinghi, 4, made two starts in the United States. In the second one, she finished eighth against males in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland in October. Alinghi was being prepared for the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park in November when the race was canceled because the resodded turf course failed to take root.

Frankel intended to start Alinghi at the Santa Anita meeting this winter when the injury was detected.

Badge of Silver gears up

The Frankel-trained Badge of Silver worked a half-mile in 49.20 seconds on Thursday. Badge of Silver is being pointed for the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap on Jan. 1 and then will be sent to stud.

Frankel was upset about the condition of the Hollywood Park main track on Wednesday, saying it was too slow and deep. He said the conditions had improved on Thursday, a day in which he worked six horses.

"The track was much better today, but they should warn you about what they're doing," he said.

Frankel said better communication is needed so that horsemen know what maintenance has been done to the racetrack on a daily basis.

* Buzzards Bay, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby in April, worked seven furlongs in 1:29 to prepare for the Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.