10/13/2008 11:00PM

Golden Doc A helps Fox regroup


LEXINGTON, Ky. - When one door closes, another one opens. That's the basic philosophy that Greg Fox has adopted with the temporary loss of his stable star, Tizdejavu, and the colt's possible replacement in that role.

Tizdejavu, a winner of three graded turf stakes this year, recently underwent surgery for a non-displaced condylar fracture in his right foreleg and will be out of action indefinitely. Meanwhile, Fox has assimilated another graded winner, Golden Doc A, into his small stable adjacent to the Thoroughbred Training Center off Paris Pike in Lexington.

Golden Doc A, winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita in February, figures as one of the favorites in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Raven Run at Keeneland.

The injury to Tizdejavu, who was pointing to the Shadwell Turf Mile and possibly the Breeders' Cup Mile, "was extremely disappointing," Fox said. "He had been training up to this peak without any setbacks at all. This definitely is a transition for us. He was the star, so we've had to regroup."

Golden Doc A, owned by Ron McCauley, has won three races, all stakes, capped by her career-defining score in the Las Virgenes over a synthetic surface. Trained by Barry Abrams when based in California through her first 15 races, the filly was sent to Fox prior to the Oct. 3 Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park, where she ran a dismal sixth.

"She's very much a track-sensitive animal," Fox said. "She tried the dirt up there in Indiana, but she basically protected herself and didn't perform very well. She just couldn't handle the surface."

The switch in surfaces is a main reason Fox is hopeful Golden Doc A can rebound in the Raven Run, which will be run at seven furlongs on the Keeneland Polytrack.

"She's a marvelous horse," Fox said Tuesday morning. "She worked really nicely this morning over the Poly at Keeneland," going a half-mile in a bullet 47 seconds. "Hopefully she can put it all together on Saturday. It looks like a pretty good group, as it always is."

Fox said he probably will get to race Golden Doc A at the Churchill Downs meet before shipping her back to Abrams. He said he believes the filly will race through the winter and into her 4-year-old year.

"She is very hardy," he said. "She trains very, very hard. She loves it, but she can take it - and she needs it. She's just a very unique kind of horse."

Golden Doc A is part of a prospective field of at least eight 3-year-old fillies for the Raven Run, with the other probables being Absolutely Cindy, Beau's Valentine, J Z Warrior, Pretty Carina, Rated Fiesty, Secret Gypsy, and Set Play. Entries were to be drawn Wednesday.

Large field for Valley View Stakes

An overflow field of 3-year-old turf fillies has been entered in the Friday feature, the Grade 3, $150,000 Valley View Stakes.

Acoma, winner of the Grade 3 Dogwood in May, and Dreaming of Liz, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie at 2, are the only graded stakes winners in a field of 13, which includes one also-eligible. The 1 1/16-mile Valley View is the ninth of 10 Friday races.

Turf marathons set for weekend

The twin turf marathons that have become fixtures here every fall will be renewed Saturday and Sunday, respectively, when the Sycamore and Rood and Riddle Dowager are run. Both are $150,000 races contested at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

Both races are expected to get big fields. Older males likely for the Grade 3 Sycamore include Always First, Silverfoot, and Transduction Gold, while fillies and mares set to go in the Dowager include Almonsoon, Palmilla, and Tejida.

w After this weekend, the lone stakes remaining at the 17-day meet is the Grade 3, $150,000 Fayette Stakes, the feature on closing day, Oct. 25.