08/12/2010 4:21PM

Gozzip Girl entering new career phase

Benoit & Associates
Gozzip Girl wins the American Oaks in July 2009 for her most recent victory.

DEL MAR, Calif.-Gozzip Girl’s first start in California in more than a year in Sunday’s $250,000 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar will be a starting-over point in the career of the 4-year-old filly.

The Grade 2 Mabee will be her first start for Calder-based trainer Marty Wolfson. Gozzip Girl was previously trained by Tom Albertrani, who guided her to 5 wins in 12 starts and four stakes wins.

Wolfson has an established relationship with Gozzip Girl’s owner, Farnsworth Stable, and picked up the filly after she finished fourth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Robert Dick Memorial Handicap at Delaware Park on July 17.

By sending Gozzip Girl to California, Wolfson is hoping the filly can end a four-race losing streak by racing over a firm turf course in cooler temperatures.

“I think going out there will be better for her,” he said by phone from Florida on Thursday. “I think the heat got to her back East. “I think she’s better on firm turf. She had a couple of races on yielding turf and I don’t know if she liked those courses.”

Gozzip Girl’s biggest win came in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park last July, her most recent win. This year has been tough. Gozzip Girl was well-regarded in the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park on June 19, but stumbled at the start, unseating jockey Ramon Dominguez. In the Robert Dick Memorial, she was within a length at the eighth pole but faded from contention in the final furlong in a race over 1 3/8 miles on turf.

The Mabee Stakes is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, a distance over which Gozzip Girl won stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park and Belmont Park in the spring of 2009.

In the Mabee, Gozzip Girl is part of a field of eight that includes the 2010 stakes winners Gotta Have Her, Lilly Fa Pootz, Turning Top and Wasted Tears. Spring Style, fourth behind Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes last Saturday, makes a quick turnaround. She was supplemented to the Mabee for $2,500 on Thursday.

Turning Top is not a certain starter. The winner of the Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park in June for owner Michael Tabor, Turning Top could be sent to Arlington Park for the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes on Aug. 21, trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I’d say it’s about 50-50,” he said.

Goggles McCoy wins again

Goggles McCoy pushed his unbeaten streak to four with an easy win in the $100,000 Real Good Deal Stakes on Wednesday, giving jockey Russell Baze the 10,996th win of his career.

Goggles McCoy will be after another milestone win in the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes over a mile for 3-year-olds on Sept. 4, which will be the longest race of his career. Owned by breeder Tom Shapiro, Goggles McCoy ran seven furlongs in the Real Good Deal Stakes for 3-year-old statebreds, to date his longest race.

“Looking at his win, I think he could go a mile,” trainer Steve Sherman said. “He was well within himself.”

Goggles McCoy set a slow pace of 24.58 and 48.23 seconds, and turned back a threat from Runaway Bandido to beat that horse by 2 1/2 lengths. A gelding by In Excess, Goggles McCoy has earned $120,160.

Baze, the winningest rider in North American history, said he is overwhelmed as he approaches 11,000 wins. “When you think about it, that is a ridiculous number, and yet it is real for me,” said Baze, 52. “It hasn’t really sunk in. It probably won’t until after I’m retired.”

Gonzalez hospitalized

Apprentice jockey Alex Gonzalez was hospitalized Wednesday night after suffering a concussion in a spill in the day’s fifth race.

Gonzalez, 18, was kept overnight for observation and remained hospitalized as of midday on Thursday, according to his agent, Vince DeGregory. Gonzalez has one win from 24 mounts at this meeting.

Gonzalez was unseated from Victory Joe when the horse clipped heels with a rival in the stretch. The incident resulted in the disqualification of Super Harmony from sixth to last.

Jockey Jose Verenzuela, who rode Super Harmony, has been suspended five days – from Wednesday through Aug. 22 – for failing to make a proper effort to maintain a straight course, according to stewards.