07/14/2010 6:38PM

Golden Itiz won't run in Swaps Stakes


INGLEWOOD, Calif.– Golden Itiz, the winner of the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap in June, is unlikely to start in Saturday’s $200,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park after trainer Ron Ellis said on Tuesday that he was unsatisfied with the colt’s recent training.

Golden Itiz worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 on Sunday, but the exercise left Ellis disappointed.

“He didn’t work that well and that’s not like him,” Ellis said. “I don’t think he’ll run. We’re doing a blood test.”

Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, Golden Itiz has won 3 of 4 starts and $118,080. He won the Affirmed Handicap in his stakes debut on June 19.

The absence of Golden Itiz is likely to lead trainer Bob Baffert to start Concord Point, the winner of the Grade 3 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on June 26.

“I think I’m in the fray,” Baffert said on Tuesday.

There are not many other horses in the fray. The Grade 2 Swaps Stakes, which is run over 1 1/8 miles on the synthetic main track, drew just eight nominees, and is likely to have a field of five.

The expected favorite is Sidney’s Candy, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby for Jenny Craig and trainer John Sadler in April. Sidney’s Candy has not started since finishing 17th in the Kentucky Derby on May 1. In that race, Sidney’s Candy raced near the front for the first mile, but faded badly through the final quarter-mile to finish 54 1/4 lengths behind Super Saver.

Sidney’s Candy won three stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year. Sunday, Sidney’s Candy had his final tune-up, a seven-furlong workout in 1:25.60.

Other probable starters include Alphie’s Bet, Skipshot, and Twirling Candy. Skipshot and Alphie’s Bet were second and third behind Golden Itiz in the Affirmed. The Swaps would be the stakes debut for Twirling Candy, who is unbeaten in two starts.

Kinsale King may target Pat O’Brien

Kinsale King’s international travels are over for now.

The winner of the $2 million Golden Shaheen sprint in Dubai in March, Kinsale King is scheduled to return to trainer Carl O’Callaghan’s Hollywood Park stable next week after mixed results racing on turf in England this summer.

Owned by Patrick Sheehy, Kinsale King was third in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot on June 19, but finished only 12th in the July Cup at Newmarket on July 9. O’Callaghan said that he and Sheehy have the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in November as a long-term goal. “We’ll regroup and get him ready for the Breeders’ Cup,” O’Callaghan said. “The turf was really firm at Newmarket.”

O’Callaghan has two prep races in mind for Kinsale King, the $300,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes over seven furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 29 or the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes over six furlongs at Santa Anita in early October.

The Grade 1 Pat O’Brien is expected to include E Z’s Gentlemen, who won his first stakes in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap last Saturday. Trained by Bob Baffert for Arnold Zetcher, E Z’s Gentlemen, 5, won the Triple Bend in his 15th start, a career that has been plagued by setbacks.

“He’s better at 5 than he’s ever been,” Zetcher said.

E Z’s Gentlemen is a candidate for the BC Sprint later this year. “I think he can be effective at six furlongs,” Zetcher said.

The Triple Bend was jockey Martin Pedroza’s 1,000th career win at Hollywood Park, and his first in a Grade 1 since 2006 for the 44-year-old jockey.

Setback puts Daytona’s comeback on hold

The comeback of the six-time stakes winner Daytona has been postponed, trainer Dan Hendricks said on Tuesdsay.

A winner of 8 of 18 starts and $991,690, Daytona resumed training earlier this spring for an intended comeback this summer, but a recent injury has put those plans on hold.

“We were trying to get him back and he had a small issue that came up,” Hendricks said. “We’ll regroup and try to get him going by the end of the year.”

Daytona has not started since finishing 10th in the 2008 BC Mile at Santa Anita. In May 2009, Daytona was diagnosed with a tear in a tendon that ended plans for a start in 2009.

Now 6, Daytona won such races as the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in 2007 and the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in 2008.

Hendricks has a solid record with 2-year-old first-time starters and has such a runner in Rigoletta in Thursday’s fifth race. By Concerto, Rigoletta was purchased for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale in Florida in April, and has worked quickly in recent weeks at Santa Anita for her debut.

“She got a real good mind,” Hendricks said.

The race is run over 5 1/2 furlongs and has drawn eight 2-year-old fillies, including six first-time starters.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer starts Indian Gracey, who has worked quickly in recent weeks. Baffert starts A Z Warrior, a Bernardini filly with quick works in late June and early July.