05/27/2005 12:00AM

Fast and Furious in '05 debut


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Fast and Furious arrived from France last summer with the expectation that he would become a star on turf. Maybe this year he will finally prove it.

Monday, in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, Fast and Furious makes his 4-year-old debut. It is the first start in a campaign that owner Arnold Zetcher and trainer Ron McAnally hope will lead to starts in such major races as the Arlington Million in August.

"He might want a little more distance, but at least it's a start," McAnally said of Monday's race. "I do think he's fit enough to get a mile."

The Shoemaker Mile marks Fast and Furious's first start since a runner-up finish in the Hollywood Derby last November. The layoff was partially caused by a quarter crack that has plagued Fast and Furious since he arrived from France.

Fast and Furious drew post 5 in the Shoemaker, which has seven runners. The race is led by Singletary, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile last October.

McAnally is hoping that Fast and Furious's late rally will help his chance on Monday. The late kick led to 4 wins in 6 starts in France last year.

In recent months, Fast and Furious has shown maturity and is easier to train, McAnally said.

"When he first came here, we needed a net to catch him," he said.

The Shoemaker is one of two Grade 1 races on Monday, joined by the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The Gamely drew nine, including the entry of Mea Domina and Solar Echo, both trained by McAnally for Janis Whitham.

The temperamental Mea Domina finished fourth in the Wilshire Handicap as the even-money favorite on April 23, a performance that McAnally dismissed because of her behavior.

"She came unglued," he said. "We've been schooling the hell out of her."

CHRB seeks tracks' marketing details

The California Horse Racing Board is demanding that racing associations reveal their marketing and promotion budgets as part of the annual licensing process, but the idea has drawn criticism from track officials who claim the information should remain private.

At Thursday's monthly CHRB meeting at Los Alamitos Race Course, the board approved a rule amendment that will require racetracks to incorporate that information into applications submitted to run race meetings. The rule change will undergo a 15-day public comment period before the board considers making the rule change permanent at its next meeting in Pleasanton on June 30.

Tracks would also be required to submit an audited financial statement from an actual license holder, or parent company, and provide information regarding the number of video surveillance cameras used in the detention barn and stable area.

The marketing budget rule change is opposed by track officials who feel that the information does not need to be made public.

"I don't want to overplay it, but this is getting into an arena the board hasn't gotten into before," said Hollywood Park president Rick Baedeker.

It appears that the two most vocal members of the CHRB - chairman John Harris and commissioner Richard Shapiro - are determined to see the rule through.

"We need to make sure that racing associations are putting forth the effort and expenditures to justify us granting them a license - that they are spending money and helping the game rather than just milking it," Shapiro said.

Said Harris: "If racing was doing well right now, it might not be so important. But the way things are, I would like to see more transparency."

Craigs send Ace Blue to Hollendorfer

Ace Blue, the winner of the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap in his American stakes debut on May 14, has been purchased privately by Sid and Jenny Craig and turned over to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Ace Blue was previously trained by Paulo Lobo and owned by Eternamente Rio Stud. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Ace Blue, 5, was transferred on Thursday to trainer John Sadler's stable at Hollywood Park, where he will be based temporarily until he makes his next start in the $250,000 Californian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on June 18.

A Brazilian-bred, Ace Blue has won 7 of 14 starts and $162,384. The Mervyn LeRoy marked his fifth U.S. start, following two wins in four allowance races in the last six months.

'Corazon' back after stakes scratch

The highly regarded Corazondel-campeon, scratched from the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes on May 22 after being unruly in the post parade, has been entered in a maiden race on Sunday.

The 2-year-old colt by Comic Strip was 2-1 in the betting for the Proctor when he was withdrawn after running off from the post parade.

Corazondelcampeon is trained by David LaCroix. LaCroix also starts Always Royal, a colt by Impeachment.