11/04/2003 12:00AM

Frankel regroups after BC shutout


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Bobby Frankel's delayed honeymoon came two weeks after his marriage to Bonita Boniface, and it was just at the right time. He left town on Oct. 26, one day after he ran eight losing horses, including four favorites, in the Breeders' Cup.

Frankel returned to California on Monday night, and was back at work on Tuesday morning at Hollywood Park, with a week's leisure time in Barbados affording him the opportunity to view Breeders' Cup Day with some perspective, and to plot the course of his two best-known runners.

Frankel said both Medaglia d'Oro, who was second as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Sightseek, who was fourth as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, could race later this month at Churchill Downs. He said Medaglia d'Oro is certain to run in the $500,000 Clark Handicap on Nov. 28, and that Sightseek is a possibility to run in the $300,000 Falls City Handicap on Nov. 27.

Medaglia d'Oro "ran a great race" in the 1 1/4-mile Classic, Frankel said. "He set wicked fractions going that far. I really think if he was drawn outside of Congaree, he could have won. You could have taken him back off of Congaree."

Frankel said Medaglia d'Oro would remain in training next year, and that the Dubai World Cup in March was an early objective in 2004.

Sightseek, who was the shortest-priced favorite on Breeders' Cup Day, bled in the Distaff, Frankel said. "She had never done anything like that before," he said.

He also said there is a good chance Sightseek would remain in training next year.

Two of Frankel's top runners from 2003, however, have been retired. Aldebaran, the beaten favorite in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and Tates Creek, who eighth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, both have been sent to Kentucky to begin their breeding careers.

Continental Red: opportunity knocks

Win or lose, Continental Red salvaged the $175,000 California Cup Mile. The second-richest race on the $1.3 million California Cup card at Santa Anita, the one-mile grass race Saturday was taking shape as possibly the weakest of eight stakes on the 10-race card for California-breds.

"It's not the toughest race I've seen," Continental Red's trainer, Ian Jory, said, meaning no disrespect to 10-year-old millionaire Native Desert or two-time Cal Cup Mile runner-up Spinelessjellyfish. But the analysis is fitting. Native Desert is off form, nearing retirement, and has not won in 17 months. Spinelessjellyfish has won 10 races and $843,783, but he has not raced since June, and not raced well since April.

Continental Red finished second in the $250,000 Cal Cup Classic last year, but after scouting this year's opposition, Jory opted for the Mile. "The only reason we would go in the Classic is if Sky Jack did not run," Jory said.

Sky Jack and Hot Market head an expected field of eight in the Classic, while Continental Red will aim for millionaire status in the Mile. He has earned $982,558, and won 7 of 54 starts.

"It'd be nice to break the million-dollar mark; he's been sitting on it for three months," Jory said. Continental Red has earned the bulk of his money at longer distances and Jory admits that a mile "is a little on the short side for him."

Continental Red will carry top weight of 121 pounds under Patrick Valenzuela, conceding four pounds to Native Desert, Sea to See, and Spinelessjellyfish. Others expected to run are Lennyfromalibu, Ride and Shine, and Sharp Boi.

In other Cal Cup races:

* Besides Sky Jack and Hot Market, runners expected for the 1 1/8-mile Classic are: Grey Memo, 2002 winner Calkins Road, Commander's Flag, Tizbud, Kedington, and Mr. Joe C. Red Warrior will run in the Classic or the Mile.

* Royally Chosen, whose proficiency around two turns might give her an advantage in the $150,000 Cal Cup Matron, worked a half-mile Tuesday. Santa Anita clockers recorded the work as three furlongs in 36 seconds, but Royally Chosen actually worked a half-mile. Cee's Elegance, whose best distance is seven furlongs, was assigned 122 pounds for the 1 1/16-mile Matron; Royally Chosen gets in with 120. A small field is expected.

* House of Fortune will be favored in the $125,000 Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies. The 1 1/16-mile race also will include Blowing Bartok, Coke's Melody, Dance of the Year, Nicole and Ben, and Steal My Kisses.

* Don'tsellmeshort will try to run long in the $125,000 Cal Cup Juvenile at a 1 1/16 miles, against P Town John, He's the Rage, Badgett's Mandate, and Black Horse Money.

* Full Moon Madness will be the 122-pound highweight in the $150,000 Cal Cup Sprint at six furlongs. His expected rivals are Men's Exclusive, Excess Summer, and Highly Tempting.

* Multiple Cal-bred stakes winner Shalini has been assigned 122 pounds high weight for the $100,000 Cal Cup Distance Handicap, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Her main rival will be Valentine Dancer, winner of the Harold Ramser. Others expected are Amber Hills, Ardum Relaunch, New Water, Sunset Serenade, and Serene in Seattle.

* Robert's Mango will be the 120-pound highweight in the $150,000 Cal Cup Distaff, a 6 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares. Other expected runners include Centerofattention, Bold Roberta, Sweetcakesanshakes, Grant Marty a Wish, Icantgoforthat, and Blind Ambition.

Our New Recruit to Underwood

Our New Recruit's solid comeback win in an Oct. 26 allowance has earned this 4-year-old sprinter a shot at stakes company. Trainer John Sadler said Our New Recruit will aim for the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Handicap at six furlongs on Nov. 27 at Hollywood Park.

"He had arthroscopic surgery, and came back really good," Sadler said, adding "he could be an up-and-comer."

* Capitano has yet to resume serious training following his sixth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but his trainer, Ray Bell, is contemplating running him in the $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs on Dec. 5. "You'd like to think you have a horse for the spring classics, but on the other hand it's hard to pass up a $1 million race," Bell said.

- additional reporting by Brad Free