01/06/2006 12:00AM

Giacomo not yet ready to race

Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo wasn't nominated to next week's San Fernando.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Giacomo, the Kentucky Derby winner, will not make next week's San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita. In fact, he wasn't even nominated to the race.

The deadline to nominate to the Grade 2, $200,000 San Fernando was Thursday night, but Giacomo was not among the nominees. He did, however, work Friday morning at Hollywood Park, covering six furlongs in 1:14.80.

"I told the racing office that I didn't think he'd be quite ready for the San Fernando," his trainer, John Shirreffs, said Friday from his barn at Hollywood Park. "It's hard to say when he'll run. I'd rather prepare the horse and have him ready, then look for a race. He worked well today."

Giacomo, who has won two races, has not raced since the Belmont Stakes.

Stevens staying camera-ready

Gary Stevens, who retired as a rider two months ago, has hardly been the retiring type since returning last week to his winter home near Santa Anita. He was at Santa Anita again on Friday morning, preparing for his debut next weekend as an analyst on TVG, and later this month he will work the Sunshine Millions telecast for NBC. Stevens is also using his camera-ready mien in upcoming weeks for a role on a television show, and he was scheduled to return to Kentucky early this week to tape a car commercial. "I'm busier now than when I was riding," he said.

Stevens moved to Kentucky last spring, and subsequently became a spokesman for a car dealership in Louisville. He is doing a commercial for Hyundai there this coming week.

Late this week, Stevens is scheduled to fly to Albuquerque, N.M., to appear on the ABC Family Channel show "Wildfire."

"I'm supposed to have a recurring role for a few episodes," said Stevens, who played jockey George Woolf in the movie "Seabiscuit."

Stevens said he weighs 135 pounds, "with clothes."

"I feel good. I feel normal," he said.

Works postponed because of wet track

Even though it has not rained at Santa Anita since Monday, the track still had plenty of moisture in it Friday morning, which caused some trainers who had planned key workouts to wait at least another day.

Eoin Harty was going to work A.P. Warrior, the fourth-place finisher in the Hollywood Futurity, "but the track was still not to my liking," Harty said.

A.P. Warrior is not expected to make next week's San Rafael Stakes, which is expected to mark the 3-year-old debut of likely 2-year-old champ Stevie Wonderboy.

Jeff Mullins on Friday said he "had four to work at the last break, but I canceled three of them."

"The track's worse today than yesterday," Mullins said. "And it was 85 degrees yesterday."

Because of the condition of the main track, Friday's seventh race, which was scheduled on the hillside turf course, was moved to the main track. Officials did not want runners to traverse the dirt crossing that is required for a hillside turf race. The decision was announced only 19 minutes before the start of the pick six.

Umphrey remembered

Bob Umphrey, the popular Calder racing secretary who died last weekend, spent many years in California, at both Hollywood Park and Golden Gate Fields, and had many friends here.

Among them was Rick Hammerle, Santa Anita's racing secretary, who got his start at Golden Gate under Umphrey.

"He had the greatest mind as far as the whole racing world was concerned," Hammerle said. "Not many racing secretaries have worked on the West Coast, the East Coast, the Midwest, and Florida. And he broke new ground everywhere he went.

"He had no ego. He liked to help people move their careers along. He set me up with my first job back East, at Monmouth. People like Mike Lakow, Dave Bailey, and Doug Bredar all worked under him at some point. And personally, you always walked away from him with a smile on your face or laughing."

Gary Young, the respected local private clocker, called Umphrey "as good a friend as you could have."

"And he was unbelievably intelligent," Young said. "I'd sometimes watch 'Jeopardy!' with him, and he'd sweep columns I'd never have any answers to."

Young also praised Umphrey's impact wherever he went. Among his innovations was the Summit of Speed at Calder.

"When he left Hollywood, it went down," Young said. "Northern California was up while he was there, and when he left it went down. And what Calder became while he was there speaks for itself."

Dutrow targets two California stakes

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., whose Saint Liam is favored to be named Horse of the Year on Jan. 23 at the Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., will bookend that week in California by running horses in stakes races at Santa Anita.

Dutrow said Rebel Rebel will head west for the Grade 2, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes on the turf on Jan. 22. "I want to use that as a prep for Dubai," Dutrow said. "He needs to win that to have a chance at getting invited."

Dutrow said he will also saddle Infinite Glory in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 29.

* Folklore, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 Friday at Santa Anita. She is scheduled to make her first start at age 3 in the Grade 2, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 16.

* Chris Emigh, who has been riding in the Midwest for the past nine years, was at Santa Anita on Friday morning, meeting trainers while preparing to ride here regularly, beginning next week. Emigh will be represented by former jockey Corey Black.

* Former trainer Paul Assinesi has become a jockey agent and will represent Isaias Enriquez.

* Trainer Jack Carava was fined $400 because his horse Golden Bonus, who won the first race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 26, tested for a high amount of the legal medication bute.

* Dr. Rick Arthur, a prominent local veterinarian, was fined $100 for failing to give a horse a Lasix shot before the race-day deadline, necessitating a late scratch on Nov. 4, 2005, at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.