10/13/2008 12:00AM

Goldikova chooses BC Mile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Goldikova, the winner of two consecutive Group 1 races in France this summer, will start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, trainer Freddie Head said Monday.

A 3-year-old filly, Goldikova had been considered a candidate for the BC Filly and Mare Turf on Oct. 24, but Head said he prefers to keep her racing at a mile.

"I think the Mile will be her race," Head said in a telephone interview. "The Mile is her best chance."

Goldikova will have her final work on Thursday in France and will be sent to California on Sunday, Head said.

"She's ready," he said. "She's very easy to train."

Owned by the Wertheimer family, Goldikova has won 5 of 8 starts and $945,144, racing with the best 3-year-old fillies in France this year. After finishing third in the French Oaks in June, she began her current three-race winning streak in the Group 3 Prix Chloe on July 6. She won the Group 1 Prix Rothschild against fillies at Deauville on Aug. 3 and followed with a victory against males in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp on Sept. 7. Her three wins were all at a mile on turf.

Head considers Raven's Pass, the winner of the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, England, on Sept. 27, the "horse to beat" in the BC Mile.

Gomez to ride Midshipman

Midshipman, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 1, will be ridden by Garrett Gomez in the BC Juvenile on Oct. 25.

Trainer Bob Baffert made the decision over the weekend. Gomez will replace Tyler Baze, who rode Midshipman to a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at 1o1/16 miles here on Sept. 28.

"I just wanted to go with someone I've had luck with in the Breeders' Cup," Baffert said. Tyler "rode him well. No knocks on his ride. If he would have won, I never would have taken him off."

Midshipman worked six furlongs in 1:11.40 on Monday, the fastest of 16 works at the distance. Baffert said that Midshipman worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.60.

"I'm pretty happy with the way things are going," Baffert said.

Gomez rode the Baffert-trained Midnight Lute to victory in the 2007 BC Sprint at Monmouth Park.

On Monday, Midnight Lute worked five furlongs in 56.80 seconds, the fastest of 52 recorded works at the distance. Baffert said Midnight Lute is thriving with fast workouts.

"He does things that other horses can't do," Baffert said. "He can't go in there needing a race."

Midnight Lute has started once this year, finishing 10th in the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar on Aug.o24. He emerged from the race with a foot injury that kept him out of the BC Sprint preps in late September.

Intangaroo also works fast

Intangaroo, the leading older female sprinter in the United States this year with three Grade 1 wins, worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds at Hollywood Park on Monday. She is a top contender for the BC Filly and Mare Sprint on Oct. 24.

"She's right on track with what we wanted to do," trainer Gary Sherlock said. "I'm totally satisfied with the work."

Earlier this year, Intangaroo won the Santa Monica, Humana Distaff, and Ballerina handicaps. She will be based at Hollywood Park until Oct.o22, Sherlock said.

"I'll do everything that's worked in the past with her," he said. "She'll have a half-mile breeze on Sunday."

Add Heat going to BC Marathon

Add Heat, third in the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Oct. 5, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon on Oct. 25, trainer Barry Abrams said over the weekend.

Owned by breeder Madeline Auerbach and partners, Add Heat has won 3 of 34 starts and $309,210. Abrams admits that Add Heat will be an outsider in the BC Marathon, but he's hoping to benefit from a home-track advantage.

"He loves the track and hopefully he'll like the distance," he said.

The supplemental entry fee will cost $45,000. "We've got to finish third to break even," Abrams said.

Add Heat, 5, has yet to win a stakes. He was second in the Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar on Sept. 1, his best result in a stakes this year.

Bob Black Jack on comeback trail

Bob Black Jack, the world-record holder at six furlongs who was 16th in the Kentucky Derby in May, is being prepared for a comeback this fall.

Saturday at Hollywood Park, Bob Black Jack breezed a half-mile in 50 seconds. Trainer James Kasparoff is hoping to start Bob Black Jack in the $100,000 Vernon Underwood Stakes at six furlongs at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23.

"It seems like everything is good with the horse," Kasparoff said. "He's been back for about a month."

A winner of 3 of 8 starts and $442,925 for owners Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff, Bob Black Jack won the Sunshine Millions Dash last January, running six furlongs in 1:06.53. He later finished third in the San Felipe Stakes and second in the Santa Anita Derby.

Scat Thief DQ'd from purse money

Scat Thief, who finished third in the seventh race at Del Mar on Aug. 3, has been disqualified from prize money after testing in excess of the permitted level of procaine, the stewards announced in a ruling on Saturday.

Scat Thief earned $6,120 in the $50,000 claiming race. The stewards ordered that owners Kirk and Judy Robison forfeit $5,192, trainer Mike Mitchell return $612, and jockey Rafael Bejarano forfeit $316 by Nov. 11.

The revised order of finish promoted Wild Buddy, Hockey the General, and Leesider to the third through fifth positions, respectively

Procaine, a local anesthetic, is a Class 3 medication. Violations in classes 1, 2, or 3 are subject to purse redistribution.

* Trainer Herbert Ho has been fined $500 by Santa Anita stewards after one of his starters, Happy Crafty, tested in excess of the permitted level of phenylbutazone following a third-place finish in the seventh race at Fairplex Park on Sept. 5.