07/19/2004 11:00PM

'Hemisphere' changes gears

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DEL MAR, Calif. - From 1 1/4 miles on turf in a Grade 1 stakes to seven furlongs on the main track against California-breds. That is the adjustment Western Hemisphere will make Saturday, when she turns back to a sprint and starts as a heavy favorite in the $100,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The presence of Western Hemisphere was thought to scare away several rivals, but that is not the case. At least seven others are expected to be entered in the Fleet Treat, the supporting feature on a card headed by the Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap for female turf runners.

Western Hemisphere, a full sister to General Challenge, completed her serious preparation for the Fleet Treat with a five-furlong drill in 59.80 seconds Sunday. Corey Nakatani will have the mount. Her rivals are expected to include Alphabet Kisses (Mick Ruis the rider), Coke's Melody, Frysland (Mike Smith), Go Ask Daisy (Paul Atkinson), Marie's Rose (Alex Solis), Reasonably Brite (Tyler Baze), and The Usual (Kent Desormeaux).

Bob Baffert, who trains Western Hemisphere, may also enter the comebacking Dirty Diana, who has been entered at least three times in recent weeks in allowance races that did not fill.

Green Line joins Eddie Read

Green Line has joined the growing line-up for Sunday's Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap, for older turf runners. The field is also expected to include Bayamo, Cayoke, Desert Spirit, Just Wonder, Mr. Livingston, Sabiango, Sarafan, Special Ring, Sweet Return, Vangelis, and possibly King of Happiness.

Trainer Jeff Mullins said he was out of options with Cayoke, a 7-year-old horse. "He's probably a cut below the best, but he's out of allowance conditions," Mullins said. "He's going to go to stud at the end of the year."

Mullins also said he would likely run Glick in Sunday's Grade 1 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap for sprinters. Also expected for the Bing Crosby are Attack Alert, Beau's Town, Court's in Session, Disturbingthepeace, Green Team, Hombre Rapido, Kela, Pohave, and Revello.

Kela worked five furlongs in 1:01 on Tuesday morning at Del Mar. Beau's Town was expected to arrive from Texas on Tuesday night.

The weekend begins with Friday's California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Artabegood, Kelly's Princess, Proposed, Rents Due, and Western Blondy are among those expected to be entered.

Total Impact eyes Pacific Classic

Total Impact, who scored the biggest victory of his career in the Hollywood Gold Cup, came out of the race in excellent shape and is being pointed to the Pacific Classic Aug. 22.

"He came out of the race absolutely perfect," said his trainer, Laura de Seroux.

Pleasantly Perfect, the winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic and this year's Dubai World Cup, has the Pacific Classic as his main goal this summer.

Mandella visits Hendricks

Richard Mandella, the trainer of Pleasantly Perfect, last weekend visited trainer Dan Hendricks, the former Mandella assistant who was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago.

Hendricks had surgery at the University of California at San Diego Medical Center in La Jolla last week and was scheduled to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility, Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, on Tuesday afternoon. His wife, Samantha, has been at Del Mar every morning overseeing the stable, then consulting with her husband about the training schedule every afternoon.

"It's sad. He's in a brace, and he's in some pain," Mandella said.

Hendricks is expected to be at Del Mar before the meet ends Sept. 8.

Meldahl back at work Tuesday marked exactly three weeks since jockey agent Bob Meldahl underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery. Remarkably, he has been back at work for a few days already.

"I'm really not in much pain," said Meldahl, pulling up his shirt to reveal a chest-length scar. "I have to take it easy in the afternoon. I still get a little tired. But I'm way ahead of schedule."

Island Fashion recuperating

Just a few months ago, Island Fashion was the top older female in the country. She had a strong winter at Santa Anita, including a runner-up effort in the Santa Anita Handicap behind Southern Image. But she has not raced since running poorly in a stakes race in Japan and is getting a well-deserved break.

"She's just tack-walking," said trainer Marcelo Polanco on Tuesday morning. "Most of the time when you go overseas you've got to give them time to recuperate."

Summer Wind Dancer heads home

Summer Wind Dancer on Tuesday was en route to Del Mar from Delaware Park, where she captured the Delaware Handicap on Sunday. Mullins, her trainer, said it was unlikely Summer Wind Dancer would race at Del Mar on Aug. 8 in the Clement Hirsch Handicap at 1 1/16 miles, which is too short for Summer Wind Dancer.

"I really think she'll run all day," said Mullins. "She sure acts like it."

Mullins said a race like Saratoga's Personal Ensign Handicap is a more suitable option, since it is at 1 1/4 miles, the same distance as the Delaware Handicap. The Personal Ensign, a Grade 1 race, is Aug. 27.

Guaranteed pick four every Sunday

Del Mar will have a guaranteed pick four pool of $400,000 every Sunday throughout the meeting. The pick four comprises the final four races every day.

The pick four will be part of a two-hour Fox Sports West 2 telecast of TVG's daily programming. On Sunday's final show at Hollywood Park, which aired from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, the field for the Sunset Handicap was heading to the far turn when, at exactly 5 o'clock, Fox Sports West 2 switched to a pre-taped golf show.

* Sean Feld, the son of bloodstock agent Bob Feld, is spending his summer vacation learning how to be a jockey agent with agent Tom Knust. Feld will be a senior in high school this fall.