05/19/2004 12:00AM

Halbridled likely out of BC


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Halfbridled, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2003, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in a cannon bone and is being given 60 days' rest in Kentucky, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Mandella said it was "very unlikely" that Halfbridled would return in time for a start in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. The injury was detected through a nuclear scan.

Mandella said Halfbridled is likely to rejoin his barn during the Del Mar meeting in the summer. "We'll get her started in the fall and have her for next year," he said.

Halfbridled was unbeaten in four starts last year, including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

She finished second in the Santa Anita Oaks and Beaumont Stakes this year, and was scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Oaks on April 30 after tying up, or cramping. Owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, Halfbridled has earned $959,400.

Redattore and Spring Star retired

Mandella said graded-stakes winners Redattore and Spring Star have been retired because of ankle injuries.

Redattore, a winner of 15 of 32 starts and $1,799,883, has not started since winning the San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita in December. At the time there was talk of sending him to stud, but eventually Mandella and owner Luis Alfredo Taunay decided to keep the 9-year-old Brazilian-bred in training.

Last year, Redattore won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park. Redattore is still at Mandella's stable, but could be sent to stud duty in Brazil later this year.

Spring Star, the winner of the Wilshire Handicap on April 25, has been sent to Kentucky to be bred. She was a candidate for the Gamely Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 31 when the decision was made to end her career.

"She got a little sore in an ankle, and it was time to quit," Mandella said.

Owned by the Wertheimers, Spring Star has won 5 of 12 starts and $320,336.

Mandella pair galloping again

Mandella said that Pleasantly Perfect and The Tin Man have resumed galloping after being given breaks.

Pleasantly Perfect, last year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, won the $6 million Dubai World Cup in the Middle East on March 27, his fourth consecutive stakes win.

The Tin Man finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Turf last fall, his most recent start. He was given a rest over the winter because of an ankle injury.

Laura's Lucky Boy steps up

Laura's Lucky Boy, a workout partner for Preakness Stakes runner-up Rock Hard Ten on occasion last fall, will make his stakes debut in Saturday's $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes at Hollywood Park.

While Rock Hard Ten has proven to be among the top 3-year-olds in the nation in recent starts, trainer Jason Orman has a similar goal for Laura's Lucky Boy in the 3-year-old turf division.

Laura's Lucky Boy has won two of three starts, all of them on turf. The colt's career certainly did not begin with much promise. He finished 10th in a maiden race on turf on Feb. 28, but seemed to be more eager to train after that race, Orman said.

"I thought he was a very green horse," Orman said. "In the first race, we needed to get a race in him. He wouldn't have gotten much more out of training.

"After that," he said, "I thought he'd need three or four races to get going, but he really came on."

Laura's Lucky Boy returned to win a one-mile maiden race on turf by 2 1/2 lengths on March 27 and beat winners while leading throughout a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on April 28.

The most recent result convinced Orman and owner Ernie Moody that Laura's Lucky Boy deserves a shot in the Will Rogers, which is run over a mile on turf.

"I thought that race really helped him," Orman said. "The only thing that worries me is this race might be a little short."

Last fall, Laura's Lucky Boy and Rock Hard Ten were training together while preparing for their first starts. Orman recalls that even then he felt the two were headed for different surfaces.

"Laura was a workhorse for Rock Hard Ten," he said. "He was a good-moving horse, but you thought he'd be better on the turf."

Rock Hard Ten has had an eventful spring. He finished second in the Santa Anita Derby (but was disqualified and placed third), missed the Kentucky Derby because he did not have enough graded-stakes earnings to rank among the top 20 candidates, and ran second to Smarty Jones in the Preakness Stakes.

Owned by Moody and Madeleine Paulson, Rock Hard Ten is being pointed for a start in the Belmont Stakes on June 5.

The Will Rogers Stakes field lacks a standout. The probable starters include Boomzeeboom, Mambo Train, Street Theatre, and Toasted, the winner of the La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

Double D Appeal suffers minor cuts

Double D Appeal emerged from her win in the Nursery Stakes last Sunday with superficial cuts on her legs that were likely caused by a bumping incident with two rivals at the start, trainer Jeff Bonde said. The cuts did not require stitches.

"She got slammed around pretty good," Bonde said.

Bonde said Double D Appeal would return in the $75,000 Cinderella Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on June 6 or the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes at six furlongs on July 5.

Bonde said he does not think Double D Appeal will only be a sprinter.

"She's bred with a speed influence, but the filly has always finished in her works," he said. "I feel she should get a mile with the way she trains."

Singletary works five-furlong bullet

Singletary, the winner of the San Francisco Mile at Bay Meadows on April 24, worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds on Wednesday, the fastest of 29 recorded works at the distance.

Singletary is a candidate for the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on turf on May 31.

The other hopefuls for the Shoemaker Mile are Designed for Luck, King of Happiness, Leroidesanimaux, Sweet Return, and Tsigane.