06/15/2012 1:53PM

Hollywood Park: Belle Royale probable for Beverly Hills

Benoit & Associates
Belle Royale is likely to use the Beverly Hills as a prep for her major summer goal, the Beverly D. at Arlington.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Belle Royale, who has risen to the top of California’s female turf division in recent months, may start in the $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 24.

Trainer Simon Callaghan said on Thursday that Belle Royale emerged from her victory in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes on May 28 in excellent condition. He said the Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf would serve as a prep race for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 18, the main goal of the summer for the 4-year-old Belle Royale.

After the Gamely, Callaghan considered giving Belle Royale a lengthy break before the Beverly D.

Callaghan said that Belle Royale will have a workout on Sunday or Monday which will determine the plan. He said she is “60-40” to start in the Beverly Hills.

“She came out of the Gamely in excellent shape,” he said. “The most important races are the Beverly D and the races that lead to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Owned by Michael Tabor, Belle Royale has won her last five starts, including her last three races in England last year. She is perfect in two starts in this country, including the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita in April.

The Callaghan-trained Byrama, the winner of the Manhattan Beach Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on June 9, will make her next start in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap over a mile on turf on July 22.

Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Byrama won her first stakes in the Manhattan Beach, which was run over six furlongs on turf.

Zazu to undergo nuclear scan

A nuclear scan test on Tuesday will determine whether the multiple graded stakes winner Zazu will stay in training this summer.

Zazu was entered for Saturday’s $250,000 Vanity Handicap, but trainer John Sadler said on Thursday that she would be scratched after she was found to be “off behind” that morning.

“She’s out,” Sadler said. “We did a preliminary diagnosis with X-rays, which were negative. We’ll do a nuclear scan on Tuesday.”

A nuclear scan is a more elaborate test, which can detect the presence of more minute injuries than a conventional X-ray.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu, 4, has won 4 of 12 starts and $691,985. A filly by Tapit, she won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and Grade 1 Lady’s Secret Stakes last year, but did not start in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs last fall because of soreness in a shoulder.

Zazu made one start earlier this year, finishing fourth behind Include Me Out in the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap here on May 19.

Sadler winds up with two nice maiden winners

Sadler had an eventful day with 2-year-olds on Thursday.

He won the first race, a maiden special weight over five furlongs, with Carson’s Crown, a Harlan’s Holiday colt owned by Ike Thrash.

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Carson’s Crown won his debut by a half-length over Cash Empire in 58.66 seconds.

In the final race, Sadler claimed race winner Scherer Magic for $50,000. Trained for Thursday’s race by Craig Dollase for owner-breeder Joe Robson, Scherer Magic drew off through the stretch to win his debut by 7 1/4 lengths.

An Iowa-bred, Scherer Magic ran five furlongs in 58.09 seconds. Gary Barber is the new owner.

Unzip Me retired at 6

Unzip Me, the 6-year-old who won 10 stakes, was retired last month and will be bred next year.

Best in turf sprints, Unzip Me gave one of her best efforts in a losing race, a third in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint over five furlongs on turf at Churchill Downs in 2010. She was beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Chamberlain Bridge in the race short of her best distance.

Unzip M was best on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, where she won 8 of 12 starts. She did not run in the BC Turf Sprint when the race was run at Santa Anita in 2008 or 2009. There was talk of starting Unzip Me in the BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita this November, but she was retired because of a soft tissue injury, co-owner John Harris said on Wednesday.

Marty Jones trained and co-owned Unzip Me, and was left wondering what could have happened if Unzip Me had run in a BC Turf Sprint on the hillside over about 6 1/2 furlongs.

“It would have been interesting if the [BC Turf Sprint] would have been here, but she ran well on the turf back there,” he said. “She was a special horse.”

◗ A fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Jeff DeHaven on July 18, the two organizations announced on Friday. The event will be held on the evening of the opening day of the Del Mar meeting. Proceeds will benefit the two charities, which assist riders and other racing employees in times of financial crisis. Further information can be obtained at pdjf.org.