03/24/2006 12:00AM

Folklore won't run in Oaks

Surf Cat, with trainer Bruce Headley, will try to give Headley his sixth Potrero Grande win.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The Kentucky Oaks is out for Folklore. Trainer Wayne Lukas said Friday that Folklore, the 2005 champion 2-year-old filly, remains in light training, but will not run in the Oaks after wrenching a knee Jan. 16 in the Santa Ynez Stakes.

"We know we're not going to make the Oaks, so there is no need to push her," Lukas said.

Folklore won 4 of 7 last year, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and finished third in her only start this year in the Santa Ynez.

Lukas is not completely out of the Oaks picture, however. Ex Caelis, runner-up last fall in the Grade 2 Alcibiades and fourth in the Breeders' Cup in her last start Oct. 29, is working steadily for Lukas and could return April 14 at Oaklawn Park in the Fantasy.

"She's getting close," said Lukas. "We may come out of the woodwork in the Fantasy if she is tight enough."

Ex Caelis won 1 of 5 last year.

Lukas is not out of the Kentucky Derby picture, either. Simon Pure will press forward and make his fourth career start April 15 in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Simon Pure set the pace and tired to seventh in the Grade 2 San Felipe on March 18 at Santa Anita, but Lukas remains bullish.

"I ran him back in 16 days, he was pressured, and he obviously got tired," Lukas said. "But I like what I see. He's getting stronger in his gallops, and he's going to get better."

Before the San Felipe, Simon Pure went wire to wire to win a mile Santa Anita maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths, earning a 94 Beyer Speed Figure. Simon Pure's front-running style is the same as that of First Samurai, who also is aiming to the Blue Grass.

Headley aims for sixth Potrero Grande win

Surf Cat will be heavily favored Sunday, when trainer Bruce Headley tries for another win in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs.

"It would be history for me - six wins," said Headley, whose winners were Halo Folks (1986), Son of a Pistol (1998), Kona Gold (2000, 2001), and Kalookan Queen (2002). Charlie Whittingham holds the Santa Anita record for a single stakes: He won the San Juan Capistrano 14 times. The second-highest total is Whittingham's nine wins in the Santa Anita Handicap.

Only seven horses nominated to the $200,000 Potrero Grande, including Turnbolt and Minister Eric. Surf Cat won the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap with a 110 Beyer in his comeback race Feb. 18 and is expected to stretch out to two turns for his summer campaign.

The Grade 3 Tokyo City Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race for older horses on Sunday, attracted 18 nominees, including Texcess, El Roblar, Bully Hayes, Congrats, and Truly a Judge.

Futures different for Santa Margarita top two

Healthy Addiction and Dream of Summer, the one-two finishers in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap on March 11, are headed in different directions. Healthy Addiction is aiming for an all-California campaign at Hollywood Park; Dream of Summer's future is uncertain, but will not include a return to Oaklawn Park for the Grade 1 Apple Blossom, which she won last year.

Trainer John Sadler said Healthy Addiction is "waiting for the stakes at Hollywood Park," including the Grade 1 Vanity and Milady handicaps. The dates of those stakes have not been released. Healthy Addiction has won 8 of 18, and her only two bad races were the only times she raced out of town - the 2005 BC Distaff at Belmont, in which she ran last, and an allowance at Bay Meadows, in which she ran last. Said Sadler: "The plan this year is to not ship."

As for Dream of Summer, trainer Juan Garcia said a decision was expected this weekend whether she will continue to race or be retired to become a broodmare. Either way, Garcia said Dream of Summer would not run in the Apple Blossom.

"It's too close from her last start," he said.

Dream of Summer, 7, has won 10 races and more than $1.1 million from 20 starts.

Real Quiet filly pulls huge upset

Smart N'quiet scored a $115.40 debut upset Thursday in a two-furlong maiden race, the second-highest win payoff of the meet and the first win for trainer Herbert Ho.

Edgar Arriaga rode Smart N'quiet, a 2-year-old daughter of Real Quiet whose dam, Really Sailing, was a rocket ship. Really Sailing won her debut June 3, 1996, at Calder by more than 13 lengths. An allowance-class sprinter trained by Randy Bradshaw, Really Sailing won 3 of 7 before retiring to become a broodmare. She is off to a good start. Really Sailing's best foal was Sailinwithcaptain, who also won his debut, on Oct. 12, 2002.

Form settled down the remainder of the Thursday card, as favorites won six of the eight races. A one-day pick six carryover of $121,516 helped generate a total pick six pool of $809,870. After an $18.20 win by Dee's a Legend in the first leg of the sequence, favorites won the remaining five races. There were 162 winning tickets that each returned $3,109.20. Capitao Risso scored a visually unimpressive win in the feature race, a two-other-than allowance, winning by two lengths over County. The time for 1 1/16 miles was an ordinary 1:43.65.

Meet gets second purse hike

Santa Anita has announced a 5 percent purse increase, the second such increase in the past six weeks. The previous increase was announced Feb. 10; both purse increases are retroactive to opening day.

Track president Ron Charles cited ongoing support from horsemen and bettors. In a prepared statement, Charles said, "We're obviously very happy to be able to announce a second increase in our purses at this meet. Despite a couple of weeks of inclement weather which really impacted our turf program, horsemen have continued to support the entry box, which has enabled us to maintain our field size and this has continued to fuel increased handle."