12/17/2005 12:00AM

Fallon cancels trip to Calif.

Benoit & Associates
Proposed, a second-level allowance winner on Friday at Hollywood Park, will run next in the Sunshine Millions.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Top European jockey Kieren Fallon said on Saturday that he will not ride at Santa Anita when that track's winter-spring meeting opens on Dec. 26.

Fallon's statement is a reversal of a plan announced last Thursday by jockey agent Ron Ebanks. At the time, Ebanks indicated that Fallon would ride at Santa Anita until the start of the European flat turf season in late March.

Reached by phone on Saturday, Fallon said, "I don't think I'll be able to ride in California. I was looking forward to going, but I've had second thoughts."

Fallon, 40, is the retained rider for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who trains for the powerful Coolmore operation of Michael Tabor and John Magnier. Fallon said the timing of the Santa Anita trip would interfere with the start of the O'Brien stable's preparation for the flat season.

"We'll be getting stuck into our horses in March," he said, referring to more serious training. "We've just finished the season now. We ended on a good note on Ouija Board."

Fallon won the Hong Kong Vase on Ouija Board last weekend. Earlier this year, Fallon won the Irish Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Hurricane Run. Last winter, he rode briefly at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

Fallon said that he planned to spend the next few weeks on vacation with his children.

Mandella has three for Malibu

Trainer Richard Mandella will have three starters in the $250,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 - Osidy, Ulistintome, and Unbridled Energy.

Mandella has won the Malibu twice, with Afternoon Deelites in 1995 and Dixie Union in 2000. The Grade 1 Malibu is run at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds.

The Malibu will mark the first race on the main track for Osidy, who won the Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes at Hollywood Park in May. A winner of 3 of 10 starts and $222,146, Osidy finished fourth in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby as the favorite in his last start in October.

"We need to find out if he can run on dirt," Mandella said.

Ulistintome will be making his stakes debut. He won an allowance race on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Nov. 3. Saturday at Santa Anita, Ulistintome worked seven furlongs in 1:25.40, the fastest of four recorded works at the distance.

Unbridled Energy, a stakes winner at Woodbine in May, has not started since finishing eighth in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby at Thistledown in July.

Wilko, Attila's Storm top list

The top candidates for the Malibu are Wilko and Attila's Storm.

Wilko won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He ended a seven-month layoff last week with a third-place finish in the Larkspur Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Attila's Storm, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park in October, won the Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct in November. He recently joined trainer Eduardo Inda's stable at Santa Anita.

Other probable starters are Fusaichi Rock Star, Greeley's Galaxy, Shamoan, and Thor's Echo.

The Malibu is the first leg of the three-race Strub series for 4-year-olds of 2006. Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, is a candidate for the Strub Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 4. He is nearing his first start since finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes last June.

Friday winners point for Millions

Dancing General and Proposed are bound for Sunshine Millions races on Jan. 28 after scoring impressive victories in allowance races at Hollywood Park on Friday.

But which races the 3-year-old fillies will try next month will not be determined until closer to race time.

The California-bred fillies are being considered for two $500,000 races at 1 1/8 miles - the Distaff at Gulfstream Park and the Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita. The Sunshine Millions races are restricted to California-breds and Florida-breds.

Dancing General, owned by Stan Fulton and trained by Rafael Becerra, won a first-condition allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.74. Sent off at 2-5, she won easily under Garrett Gomez, stalking the pace to early stretch before drawing off to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

Dancing General has turf experience, having finished second to Moscow Burning in the California Cup Distance Handicap at Santa Anita last month.

Proposed, owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod, has shown promise throughout the year.

Friday, she won a second-condition allowance race by five lengths, stalking pacesetter Fast Navy for the first six furlongs before drawing away. Proposed finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.96.

"That was super," Shirreffs said. "She's been training well and working well."

Even though Proposed has never started on turf, Shirreffs believes she will handle the surface.

"We worked her on turf on the grass at Del Mar and she worked well," Shirreffs said. "I would say Mr. Wygod has his eye on the Sunshine Millions, if possible."