05/10/2004 12:00AM

Glick to run in Royal Ascot sprint


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Glick, the winner of the San Simeon Handicap, a turf sprint at Santa Anita April 18, is being pointed for the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in England on June 19, trainer Jeff Mullins said Sunday.

Glick would be the first starter in Europe for Mullins, the top trainer at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting this year.

Glick has developed into a top turf sprinter in recent starts. He would not have been considered a Royal Ascot candidate at the beginning of the year. Last December at Hollywood Park, Glick was claimed by Mullins and Robert Bone for $40,000 after he ran fifth in a turf race.

In four subsequent starts on Santa Anita's hillside turf course, Glick won three times - two optional claimers when he was available for claiming prices of $62,500 and $100,000 and the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap. Glick was second to Tsigane in the Daytona Handicap in February.

In the $100,000 optional claimer, on March 12, and the San Simeon Handicap, Glick earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 110, which influenced Mullins's decision to consider the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Those figures equal the highest Beyer Speed Figures awarded for a turf race this year.

"Why not go?" Mullins said. "It's a good trip. He ran great last time. They pay his way over there. We'll go a week early, hang out."

Mullins said that Gary Stevens, who is currently riding first-string in France for trainer Andre Fabre, will have the mount.

The Golden Jubilee Stakes carries a purse of approximately $445,000 and is run over a straight six furlongs. It is the top race on the final day of the Royal Ascot meeting, which runs from June 15-20.

Last year, Australian invader Choisir won the Golden Jubilee. Morluc, trained in Kentucky by Randy Morse, finished last in the 17-horse field.

Silent Sighs facing ankle surgery

Silent Sighs, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in March and the 10th-place finisher in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30, is scheduled to undergo surgery this week to have bone chips removed from her ankles, trainer Julio Canani said.

Canani said X-rays taken last Friday revealed two bone chips in the filly's left ankle and one in the right. "We'll take them out and she will be out for four months," Canani said.

Owned by Marty and Pam Wygod, Silent Sighs had a three-race winning streak end in the Oaks. Sent off at 7-1 in the Oaks, Silent Sighs was fourth for the first six furlongs but faded in the stretch.

Silent Sighs has won 4 of 6 starts and $442,700. Her win streak included the fillies division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes for California-breds in December, the Sunshine Millions Oaks for California-breds and Florida-breds in January, and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks.

Winery owner toasts stakes win

Jess Jackson, the proprietor of the Kendall-Jackson winery in northern California, has spent the last year amassing a racing stable with trainer Bruce Headley.

Saturday, Jackson had his first major stakes win when Rhythm Mad rallied late to win the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap.

"I'm pleased to get something back," he said.

Rhythm Mad was acquired last winter by Jackson and Headley. The colt had been racing in France, where he finished fourth to Dalakhani in the Group 2 Prix Niel in September. Dalakhani returned to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in early October.

In the U.S., Rhythm Mad had finished fourth and first in allowance races at Santa Anita before finishing a troubled second in the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf April 18.

In the Jim Murray, Rhythm Mad stalked the pace to the final furlong and outran a determined Continental Red to win by a neck.

"Hopefully, he'll have more long turf races," Jackson said. "I hope he turns out to be a top horse."

For Headley, the win in the turf marathon was a change from his longtime success with sprinters, such as Kona Gold, Lakota Brave, Softshoe Sure Shot, and Son of a Pistol. Headley owns 10 percent of Rhythm Mad.

"Has this bucked the myth that I can't train anything but sprinters?" Headley said.

Jackson's racing interests are managed by Brad Martin, who worked in a similar capacity for the late Marshall Naify's 505 Farms. Martin said that Jackson has 30 horses, including 20 2-year-olds who were acquired as yearlings and at 2-year-old in training sales.

Jackson has a few broodmares, including Cambria Gold, a 3-year-old French Deputy filly who was purchased for $375,000 at the 2003 Barretts 2-year-old in training sale. She was injured while preparing for a start, and was retired and bred, Martin said.

Headley has major expectations for the Jackson 2-year-olds, many of whom will not be unveiled until Del Mar or the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in the fall.

Amorama goes for first stakes win

Canani has a promising turf filly in Amorama, who will attempt to win her first stakes in the U.S. in Saturday's $100,000 Senorita Stakes.

Run over a mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies, the Grade 3 Senorita marks Amorama's fourth start in the U.S. She ran fourth in the Miesque Stakes last November, third in the China Doll Stakes in March, and second in the Providencia Stakes last month.

The latter two races were won by Ticker Tape, who will be favored in the Senorita. Other probable starters are Freakin Streakin, Iza Legend, Miss Vegas, and Taygete.

First stakes for 2-year-olds Sunday

Sunday's top race is the $75,000 Nursery Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over five furlongs. It is the first stakes of the year for juveniles in Southern California.

The first-time starters Bella Banissa and Fortunate Event are expected to face maiden race winners Double D Appeal, Kelly's Princess, Rents Due, and Swiss Please, as well as maidens Artabegood and Maria's Posada.

Castledale's plans undecided

Mullins said he has no plans for Castledale, the Santa Anita Derby winner who finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby. Mullins said Castledale is unlikely to run the Belmont Stakes on June 5.

"He hasn't really done anything since he got back," Mullins said.

Castledale ran near the back of the Derby field throughout.

Fast times at Hollywood Park

The main track at Hollywood Park produced remarkably fast times in overnight races over the weekend.

For example, Kid Royal, a former maiden claimer, ran six furlongs in 1:08.53 to win a maiden special weight race in Sunday's sixth.

Earlier in the day, Bettor Royalty ran seven furlongs in 1:21.97 winning a $20,000 claimer.