12/16/2005 12:00AM

Folklore's next target Santa Ynez

Folklore, winning the Juvenile Fillies, recently resumed serious training after getting a break.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Folklore, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the top contender for the 2-year-old filly championship of 2005, is being pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 16, trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Friday.

Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, Folklore arrived at Lukas's barn at Santa Anita on Thursday, having been based in the East earlier this year. She has returned to serious training in recent weeks, Lukas said.

"We decided to give her a little break" after the Breeders' Cup, Lukas said. "She's put on some weight and has been galloping. We'll put her on the work tab this week."

Folklore has won 4 of 7 starts and $927,500. She won the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga during the summer and two major stakes at Belmont Park in the fall - the Matron over a mile by 14 lengths on Sept. 17 and the BC Juvenile Fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Oct. 29.

In the BC Juvenile Fillies, Folklore was pressured throughout and held off a late run from Wild Fit to win by 1 1/4 lengths. "She ran super," Lukas said.

The Santa Ynez Stakes is run over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies. It is a prep race for the two Grade 1 races for 3-year-old fillies at the Santa Anita meeting: the $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes over a mile on Feb. 11 and the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on March. 12.

Lukas said that his barn will have a few 2-year-old starters in the early days of the Santa Anita meeting, which begins Dec. 26, but that some of the colts "need to step up." Regarding Folklore, he said, "She's the star of the team."

Rattlesnake Joe to Sunshine Millions

Rattlesnake Joe, the winner of an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on Thursday, will make his stakes debut in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Santa Anita on Jan. 28, trainer Nick Hines said Friday.

The Sunshine Millions Dash is run over six furlongs for California-breds and Florida-breds.

"That gives him some time," Hines said. "It's a local race, and I think that gives us an advantage."

Rattlesnake Joe, a Florida-bred, beat winners for the first time Thursday. Ridden by Felipe Martinez, Rattlesnake Joe led throughout, finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.99.

Rattlesnake Joe joined Hines's stable in the summer after being acquired privately in Florida. Even though Rattlesnake Joe began his career in maiden claimers, Hines said he is convinced Rattlesnake Joe can be a stakes winner.

"He's got a good three-sixteenths of a mile kick," Hines said. "He's a horse that makes you want to get up and go to work."

Wilko part of expected full field in Malibu

The Grade 1, $250,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 has drawn 28 nominations and is expected to have a full field.

The Malibu is the highlight of the opening day program at Santa Anita. The Hollywood Park fall meeting ends Monday.

The leading candidates for the Malibu include Wilko, the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner; Attila's Storm, who won the Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct last month; Fusaichi Rock Star, who won the 2005 San Vicente; and Greeley's Galaxy, the winner of the Illinois Derby.

Wilko finished third in the Larkspur Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in a prep race last weekend. Greeley's Galaxy has not started since finishing seventh in the Preakness Stakes in May.

The $250,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs on Dec. 31 is the second of two Grade 1 races in the first week of the Santa Anita meeting.

Sharp Lisa, the winner of the 2005 Las Virgenes Stakes, may miss the La Brea. She was recently found to have a pulled muscle, which could keep her from starting, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

"We've had a hiccup," O'Neill said. "We're hoping to make the La Brea, but it's day to day."

Sharp Lisa has not started since finishing fourth in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in April. She underwent surgery following that race to have a bone chip removed from an ankle.

Borrego puts in half-mile breeze

Borrego, the winner of the Pacific Classic and Jockey Club Gold Cup earlier this year, breezed a half-mile in 51.40 seconds at Hollywood Park on Friday, his second workout since returning to serious training following a 10th-place finish in the BC Classic in October.

Borrego is being pointed to the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap on Feb. 5, trainer Beau Greely said.

"Right now, we're letting him stretch his legs," Greely said. "He's happy. We'll probably get a little more serious next week. He doesn't need a lot of work to get ready."