Updated on 09/16/2011 8:51AM

Frankel attacks money record

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Over the next three weekends, trainer Bobby Frankel will have runners in as many as five stakes in an attempt to set a single-season earnings record.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Bobby Frankel's quest to set a single-season earnings record will not include a start by Surya in Sunday's $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Through Tuesday, Frankel's runners had earned $17,433,888, leaving him only $408,470 shy of the record of $17,842,358 set by D. Wayne Lukas in 1988.

Over the next three weekends, Frankel will have runners in as many as five stakes in an attempt to break the record. But that list of stakes does not include the Bayakoa Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

Surya, who won the Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap at Saratoga in August, was given topweight of 119 pounds by Hollywood Park racing officials, four pounds more than Frankel was expecting. In the Ballston Spa, Surya beat two opponents in a race taken off the turf. She carried 114 pounds in what remains her only start on the main track.

"I'm looking to break the record, but I don't want to sacrifice a filly," Frankel said. "She doesn't deserve that kind of weight. If it were on the grass, I'd take the weight. It's a joke."

Frankel will not have any starters in the weekend's main race, Saturday's Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies, but will start Euchre in Saturday's $100,000 Native Diver Handicap over 1 1/16 miles.

Euchre was second in the 2001 Native Diver, losing by a length to Momentum. A 6-year-old, he is winless in nine starts dating back to the Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows in July 2001.

In the final two weeks of the year, Frankel will make a full assault on Lukas's record. He is considering Ghostzapper or Peace Rules for the Hollywood Futurity, and may start Surya or Tates Creek in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap on turf on Dec. 21.

During the first week of the Santa Anita meeting, his expected runners include Sightseek in the $200,000 La Brea Stakes on Dec. 28, Blue Stellar and Decarchy in the $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap on Dec. 29, and Rolly Polly in the $100,000 Monrovia Handicap on Dec. 31.

In addition, Frankel will have many starters in overnight races that will play an equally important part in the money race. On Sunday, Frankel won two allowance races, with Harrisand and Sea of Showers, who combined to earn $61,800.

Frankel has booked Jerry Bailey to ride Sightseek and Decarchy. Bailey is seeking to break the record for single-season earnings by a jockey, which he set last year. Currently, his mounts have earned $22,632,509, leaving him $225,211 short of the record.

Bailey is booked to ride in stakes at Calder and Laurel this week, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

Starrer, Composure top weekend

Without Surya, the Bayakoa field is led by defending champion Starrer, who ran fourth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.

Starrer will carry starting high weight of 118 pounds against a field expected to include Adoration, Angel Gift, Svea Dahl, Cee's Elegance, and Secret of Mecca.

The Starlet field is led by Composure, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Trained by Bob Baffert, Composure won the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita in October. Her competition of Rmisvesta, Summer Wind Dancer, Tizalovelylady, Watching You, and possibly Elloluv are each seeking a placing in a Grade 1 race as much as trying to upset the favorite.

Azeri in light training

Azeri, the leading candidate for the 2002 Horse of the Year title who will be sold in March as part of the dispersal of the Allen Paulson Living Trust, will remain in light training in coming months, trainer Laura de Seroux said.

On Monday, the Paulson family announced that Azeri would be sold at the Barretts March 2-year-old's in training sale and that she would not race in the interim.

Unraced since winning her seventh consecutive stakes, the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Azeri is preparing to resume training.

"The Trust horses will be in light training," de Seroux said. "I interpret that to be no serious works. Azeri is on holiday now and is about to start walking under tack. I wouldn't think about galloping until Jan. 1."

Before the announcement of the dispersal, de Seroux and Michael Paulson, the son of the late Allen Paulson, had considered the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita on March 9 as a possible launch for Azeri's 2003 campaign.

Instead, the specifics of Azeri's 2003 campaign are uncertain, pending the results of the sale.

Man Among Men: Golden Gate Derby

Man Among Men, fourth as the favorite in the Generous Stakes on Nov. 30, is being pointed for the Golden Gate Derby on Jan. 11, trainer Gary Mandella said.

The Golden Gate Derby would be Man Among Men's first start in a stakes on the main track. Mandella said the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 21 is not a consideration because of the competition.

"The biggest difference is there is no Kafwain and no Toccet," Mandella said, referring to the two leading contenders for the Hollywood Futurity.

"I will point to the Golden Gate race assuming the track up there doesn't get nasty," he said. "If the track gets bad, I'll come up with a plan B."

- Only the Best, the unplaced favorite in the Great State Challenge Juvenile last Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park, will be pointed for the $100,000 San Miguel Stakes over six furlongs at Santa Anita on Jan. 12, trainer Brian Lynch said.