Updated on 09/15/2011 12:55PM

Harty puzzled over Tempera's showing

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Tempera (center) runs third behind Habibti (right) and Who Loves Aleyna in the Debutante.

DEL MAR, Calif. - While Bob Baffert was basking in the glow of a Grade 1 coast-to-coast stakes sweep over the weekend with Point Given and Habibti, his former assistant, Eoin Harty, was trying to figure out why odds-on favorite Tempera was a disappointing third, behind the Baffert-trained Habibti, in Sunday's Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante for 2-year-old fillies.

Both Habibti and Tempera came out of the race in good condition, their trainers said Monday morning at Del Mar. Baffert said Habibti would make her next start in either the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Sept. 30, or the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.

"She's a light filly. I've got to be careful with her," Baffert said.

Tempera's most likely next start is the Oak Leaf. "The timing is perfect," Harty said, referring to the spacing between the Oak Leaf and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, part of the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park.

Tempera had won two straight going into the Debutante, including the Sorrento Stakes here on Aug. 4, and was the 1-2 favorite. But after pressing or forcing the pace from along the inside, she tired, drifting off the rail to allow Habibti a dream run, then could not outrun Who Loves Aleyna for second.

"I'd hate to think she just got beat," Harty said. "I was hoping she'd be drawn outside the speed, but when Lil Miss Hollywood didn't go, she ended up forcing the pace along the inside. Maybe she was coming back a little quick. Plus, she got revved up in the post parade. She was very keen, very sharp. I hope she just didn't get outrun."

Harty had great success last week in Saratoga, winning maiden races with Imperial Gesture and Burnt Ember. Both those horses, along with Dubai Edition, a beaten favorite at Saratoga on Sunday, were scheduled to return to California on Monday afternoon on the same plane bringing Point Given home. Also on that plane was Bright Valour, whom trainer Al Stall Jr. is sending west for Sunday's Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Back to turf for Tranquility Lake in Palomar

Tranquility Lake, who won the Clement Hirsch Handicap on the dirt in her last start, is going to return to the turf for Saturday's Grade 2 Palomar Handicap, according to her trainer, Julio Canani.

"She's running," Canani said Monday morning.

The decision to run was made following a workout Sunday afternoon by Tranquility Lake. One hour before the races, she worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Del Mar's turf course.

Among those scheduled to face Tranquility Lake in the 1 1/16-mile turf race are Al Desima, High Walden, Histoire Sainte, La Ronge, Minor Details, Paga, and Tout Charmant. Possible for the race is High Margin, who worked a sharp five furlongs on turf Monday morning in 59.20 seconds.

La Ronge worked six furlongs on turf Monday in 1:14.20, and Tout Charmant worked seven furlongs on turf Sunday in 1:29.60.

Other significant works Monday included Figlio Mio, a likely starter in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, five furlongs in 1:12.20; and Euribor, a possible starter in Monday's Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, 1:28.60 for seven furlongs on turf.

Officer works six furlongs for Futurity

Officer, the top 2-year-old on the West Coast, worked six furlongs in 1:11.80 on Sunday, preparing for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Officer worked alone. He wore blinkers as he has in all three of his career starts, which includes wins in the Graduation Stakes for California-breds and the Grade 3 Best Pal Stakes. Officer worked steadily throughout the drill, finishing five furlongs in 59.80 seconds and six furlongs in 1:11.90, according to Baffert's assistant trainer, Jimmy Barnes. Ridden by exercise rider Dana Barnes, Officer finished in hand and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.60.

Siphonic looks like Millennium Wind

Siphonic was an impressive winner of a maiden race for 2-year-olds in his debut on Sunday, leading trainer David Hofmans to draw comparisons to his top 3-year-old of 2001, Millennium Wind, the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes. Ridden by Chris McCarron, just his fourth winner of the meeting, Siphonic performed like a veteran, waiting behind horses to the final turn before switching to the outside in the stretch. He responded when urged and won by three-quarters of a length over Janadel, finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.56.

Owned by Amerman Racing, Siphonic was Hofmans's first winner of the Del Mar meeting with his 23rd starter.

"He has impressed me as much as Millennium Wind," Hofmans said. "I haven't said much about him because we're not doing well and I didn't want to jinx it."

The end of a losing streak was a welcome relief for McCarron and Hofmans and led to a light moment in the winner circle. Said Hofmans, "I said to Chris, 'Do you remember what this is like?' and he said, 'Do you?' "

Tribal Rule headed to Vosburgh

Tribal Rule earned a trip to the $300,000 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 22 following a five-length win in an allowance race on Saturday. Ridden by David Flores for trainer Julio Canani, Tribal Rule finished six furlongs in a quick 1:09.09.

"We told David to save as much as he could save," owner Marty Wygod said. "There was no reason to do too much."

The 5-year-old Tribal Rule was making his third start in a career interrupted frequently by injuries.

The seven-furlong Vosburgh is no longer in the plans for Caller One, who won the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai last March. Trainer Jim Chapman said on Sunday that Caller One will be pointed for the Bay Meadows Sprint Handicap on Sept. 8 as a prep to the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.

"What's more perfect than that?" Chapman asked, referring to the timing between races. "In the Vosburgh, I didn't want to go seven furlongs." Caller One was second to Kona Gold in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap on July 22.

Janet to go in Diana

Janet, the upset winner of the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap on July 21, will make her next start in Monday's $500,000 Diana Handicap at Saratoga, owner Jed Cohen said.

Trained by Darrell Vienna, Janet had been considered for the $150,000 Palomar Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar on Saturday. Cohen said prize money and the Diana's distance over 1 1/8 miles on turf were significant factors in his decision.

Sise breathing easier

Trainer Cliff Sise had an anxious moment Sunday, watching the Del Mar Debutante and his former horse, Lil Miss Hollywood, whom Sise lost via the claim box following her debut. But Lil Miss Hollywood ran poorly in the Debutante, finishing last of five.

"It was a hard race to watch. I had mixed emotions. I didn't want her to run poorly, but you'd hate to get burned on a claim," Sise said. "Believe me, I was sweating."

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen

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