01/22/2008 12:00AM

Gayego may be asked to stretch out


ARCADIA, Calif. - After watching Gayego pummel his rivals last Saturday in the 6 1/2-furlong San Pedro Stakes, trainer Paulo Lobo is eager to learn just how far the 3-year-old will run.

"I'm thinking seriously about two turns," Lobo said. "The way he has been running - the way he tracks and closes at the end - I think he can go a mile, a mile and a sixteenth."

Gayego ($10.20) earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure winning the San Pedro in a track-record time of 1:13.07.

San Pedro pacesetter Sea of Pleasure will return in the Grade 2, seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 10, while Lobo contemplates the next race for Gayego, who has won 2 of 3.

Lobo said his options include the San Vicente or stretching out Gayego around two turns. He said Gayego will not wheel back quickly in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 2.

Molengao retired

Gayego will help to fill a void in Lobo's stable. He announced Tuesday the retirement of Grade 2 winner Molengao. The Brazilian-bred 7-year-old Molengao won 5 of 17 races and $618,477. In his last start, he finished seventh in the Grade 2 San Pasqual earlier this month. It was his first start since last summer.

TNT Stud owner Goncalo Torrealba will return Molengao to Brazil for a career at stud. Sired by Royal Academy, Molengao won two Grade 2 handicaps - the Mervyn LeRoy at Hollywood Park, and San Antonio at Santa Anita. But his best race may have been one he lost. In 2007, Molengao finished second, three-quarters of a length behind Lava Man, in the Santa Anita Handicap.

Champs Elysees will get time off

Trainer Bobby Frankel has one main goal this year for San Marcos Stakes winner Champs Elysees - make him the fifth Grade 1 winner produced by the outstanding broodmare Hasili. Champs Elysees ($2.80) won the Grade 2, 1 1/4-mile San Marcos Stakes on Saturday by 1 1/4 lengths over Rocket Legs, after which Frankel said it might be the only start at the winter meet for Champs Elysees.

"It was nice to get the win, and get his confidence up, but I don't know if I'll run again" at the winter meet, Frankel said. "All the money is at the end of the year. I would hate to run him back and start picking up weight. And I'd like to win a Grade 1 with him."

Frankel trained four Grade 1-winning siblings of Champs Elysees, including three that won Grade 1s after being sent to Frankel - fillies Heat Haze and Intercontinental, and the colt Cacique. Banks Hill won her first Grade 1 for Andre Fabre. Frankel said Champs Elysees was likely to be freshened the remainder of winter, and aim for summer races such as the United Nations at Monmouth Park, the Sword Dancer at Belmont, and the Arlington Million.

Nothing definite for Country Star

Frankel remains non-committal regarding Country Star, the Hollywood Starlet winner widely perceived as the nation's top 3-year-old filly. Country Star worked six furlongs Sunday at Hollywood Park in 1:13.20, and Frankel is in no hurry for her to start.

"I'm not anxious to run her this winter," he said.

He has not ruled anything out, but Frankel has made it clear his priority for Country Star is the 3-year-old filly series this summer in New York.

One day after being named Eclipse Award winner as outstanding older female of 2007, Frankel-trained Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Ginger Punch worked a half-mile Tuesday at Hollywood in 48.20. She was scheduled to leave Wednesday for Gulfstream Park, where she runs Saturday in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff.

Extended vacation for In Summation

In Summation earned a Beyer Figure of 107 when he sizzled six furlongs Monday in a track-record 1:06.67. He also earned a winter break and is not expected to start again at the meet. Christophe Clemente trains In Summation ($5.60), whose neck victory over pacesetter Barbecue Eddie was his 10th win from 21 starts.

Assistant trainer Nicholas Bachalard said after the race that In Summation would ship to Florida for a break of unspecified length, and "hopefully come back here for the Breeders' Cup [Sprint] in October."

Indian Blessing may go to Louisiana

Indian Blessing, the Eclipse Award winner as outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2007, could leave town and run in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday Stakes Feb. 9 at Fair Grounds, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

"I'm going to nominate her everywhere; the closest option would be the Silverbulletday," he said, adding that Indian Blessing worked real well Monday.

Indian Blessing remained unbeaten by winning the Grade 2, seven-furlong Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 13, her first start since winning the BC Juvenile Fillies. The Silverbulletday is the same day as the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.

Baffert said Hollywood Prevue winner Massive Drama would shorten to a sprint for his next start, the Grade 3, seven-furlong San Vicente. He did not say where Maimonides would resurface. A $4.6 million Vindication colt, Maimonides has a long workout pattern that suggests he is ready.

On Sunday, Baffert-trained Pussycat Doll will try for her second straight win in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares. Her expected rivals include Hystericalady, Missvinksi, and Overly Tempting.

Romance Is Diane takes time off

The mighty Zenyatta, 3 for 3, has chased Grade 1 winner Romance Is Diane straight to the sidelines.

"I don't want any part of [Zenyatta]," said Mike Mitchell, Romance Is Diane's trainer.

Zenyatta crushed Romance Is Diane on Jan. 13 in the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes, and Mitchell on Tuesday said that Romance Is Diane would be freshened.

He intends bring her back in a prep for this summer's Vanity at Hollywood Park.

Talamo, Espinoza suspended

Joe Talamo, the Eclipse Award apprentice jockey of 2007, has been hit with a three-day suspension for what the stewards said was "failure to make a proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch."

Talamo was suspended for Jan. 27, 28, and 31 after a riding infraction in race 3 on Jan. 19. His mount, Midnight Excess, finished third; there was no disqualification after Midnight Excess drifted out.

Victor Espinoza received a five-day suspension (Jan. 27, 28, 31, Feb. 1, 2) for "altering course without sufficient clearance" in race 7 on Jan.o19. Espinoza rode Surf Academy to a second-place finish; the horse was disqualified and placed eighth.