03/25/2009 11:00PM

Fresh is good for Triumphant Flight


ARCADIA, Calif. - Way back in June, Triumphant Flight won his debut at Hollywood Park in a five-furlong maiden race for statebreds.

It is that performance that gives trainer Eric Kruljac confidence that Triumphant Flight can run well in Saturday's $70,000 San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita. The San Miguel, run over six furlongs for 3-year-olds, will be Triumphant Flight's first start since a second-place finish in the California Cup Juvenile here last October.

"He came out running in the first start of his life," Kruljac said. "He'll need to step it up. I think it's the toughest race he's been in. I think we have him pretty tight."

Triumphant Flight was sidelined during the late autumn and winter because of concern over a knee.

"He had some heat in a knee," Kruljac said. "We didn't do surgery, just gave him some time."

Triumphant Flight has won 2 of 4 starts and $149,063. He ran in three stakes for statebreds last summer and fall, finishing second by a nose in the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, winning the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park, and finishing 1 1/2 lengths behind Lucky Primo in the Cal Cup Juvenile.

Eventually, Kruljac would like to start Triumphant Flight around two turns, possibly in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 25.

"I think he'll be just as good going long and maybe on the turf," he said.

The San Miguel has drawn a field of six. There are two other stakes winners in the field - Charlie's Moment, who won the Gateway to Glory Stakes last fall and the King Glorious Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last month, and Flashmans Paper, who won the Eddie Logan Stakes on turf here in December.

Turk, trained by Bob Baffert, and Reynaldothewizard, trained by Eoin Harty, will be well-supported.

Turk scored a flashy win against maidens over 5 1/2 furlongs on Feb.o28. The San Miguel is his first start against winners.

Reynaldothewizard was third in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special last August. He has not started since finishing 10th in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October.

The pacesetter will be Gotmymojoworkin, who was ninth in the Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream on Jan. 24. He has worked quickly here in recent weeks.

Bullet work for Zenyatta

Zenyatta, the champion older female of 2008, breezed a half-mile in 47.80 seconds at Hollywood Park on Thursday, the fastest of nine works at the distance.

Trainer John Shirreffs said Zenyatta galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.80.

Thursday's workout was the fourth for Zenyatta this year. Unraced since winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic last October, Zenyatta will have a 2009 campaign geared toward the same race in November.

Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss have not picked a comeback race for Zenyatta, though the $150,000 Milady Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on May 23 is a possibility.

There were only 42 works at Hollywood on Thursday, compared with 53 on Wednesday. The track's barn area has approximately 1,235 horses on the grounds as of Thursday, with capacity for 1,940. Track officials expect the stable area population to increase in advance of the start of the spring-summer meeting on April 22.

Georgie Boy may hit the road

Georgie Boy, the dominant sprinter in California this winter, is likely to make first start outside his home state in the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland on April 11.

Owned by George Schwary and trained by Kathy Walsh, Georgie Boy has won his last two starts - the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 24 and the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap on Feb. 21.

"I'm thinking of it, but I haven't finalized it with George," Walsh said of the Commonwealth.

A successful trip to Kentucky could lead to a start in the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap over a mile at Belmont Park on May 25, Walsh said.

"I want to see how he travels," Walsh said. "He's never left home."

Herr Mozart shows promise on turf

For 3-year-old stakes on the main track and turf, the Zayat Stables-Bob Baffert team is covered this spring.

With Pioneerof the Nile bound for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4, the owner and trainer have Herr Mozart for upcoming turf stakes.

Wednesday, Herr Mozart won an allowance race over a mile on turf by a head over African Gray. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Herr Mozart fought through the stretch before reaching the lead. He was timed in 1:34.89.

A winner of 2 of 7 starts and $84,866, Herr Mozart finished third on turf in the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga last August when trained by Bill Mott.