06/29/2006 12:00AM

Flores gets the call aboard Attima in American Oaks


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Attima will be ridden by David Flores for the first time when she starts as the expected favorite in Sunday's $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.

Unbeaten in two starts since arriving from France last winter, Attima was ridden by Victor Espinoza in an allowance race in May and the Grade 2 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap here June 4.

Earlier this month, Espinoza committed to riding the Japanese star Asahi Rising in the American Oaks, run at 1 1/4 miles for 3-year-old fillies.

Canani did not commit Attima to the American Oaks until Wednesday.

To gain the mount on Attima, Flores needed the permission of Jim Cassidy, the trainer of Galileo's Star, who was fourth behind Attima in the Honeymoon. Flores had been booked to ride Galileo's Star.

"I allowed him out of the call," said Cassidy.

Cassidy said that Norberto Arroyo Jr., who recently relocated from New York to Southern California, would ride Galileo's Star.

The American Oaks drew eight entries, the smallest field in the five-year history of the race. Asahi Rising, who has shown speed in the past, drew the rail. The rest of the field, in post position order, is Sol Mi Fa, Arravale, Galileo's Star, Attima, Foxysox, Wait a While, and Proxenia.

Five stakes worth six figures

The American Oaks is one of five stakes worth $100,000 or more on Sunday's 11-race program.

There are two other Grade 1 stakes worth $300,000: the Vanity Invitational for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the main track and the Triple Bend Invitational at seven furlongs.

The Vanity drew eight fillies and mares, including 2006 stakes winners Healthy Addiction (Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap), Proposed (Grade 2 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap), Sharp Lisa (Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap), and Star Parade (Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap).

The Triple Bend drew 10 entrants and is led by Siren Lure, the winner of five stakes in the last year, including the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap here May 13.

The Grade 2, $250,000 American Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race on turf, is led by The Tin Man, who has not started since finishing second in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free in the Middle East in March, and Fourty Niners Son, the winner of the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship last October.

First start long time in coming

Sunday's final race marks the career debut of Dr. Sinatra, a 3-year-old colt who topped the 2004 Del Mar yearling sale with a bid of $250,000. Trained by John Sadler for CRK Stables, Dr. Sinatra did not start at 2 because of sore shins, Sadler said.

Dr. Sinatra is out of Rio Tejo, a former California-bred broodmare of the year. He is a half-brother to stakes winners Giovannetti, Guillermo, and Rio Oro.

Giacomo will likely wait for Del Mar

Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner, worked six furlongs in 1:14 at Hollywood Park on Thursday, and is unlikely to make his next start until the Del Mar meeting, trainer John Shirreffs said.

Giacomo's workout was his second at six furlongs since he resumed working in the spring following a fourth-place finish in the Santa Anita Handicap in early March. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Giacomo is winless in four starts since the Kentucky Derby.

"He's getting there," Shirreffs said. "The next time he works I'll put a jockey on him and get a good idea where I'm at."

Shirreffs said that Giacomo may be considered for the $300,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 22, but could return in an allowance race.

"It depends on how's he's training," Shirreffs said. "In the past, he's needed a couple of races to be at his best."