05/10/2011 1:48PM

Hollywood Park: Sadler's losing streak in stakes reaches 19

Shigeki Kikkawa
Runflatout will try to end trainer John Sadler's losing streak in stakes in Sunday’s $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – It has not reached a crisis point, but trainer John Sadler is winless with his last 19 starters in stakes, dating back to Cozi Rosie’s victory in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita in February.

In the nearly three months since that race, Sadler has had nine second-place finishes in stakes in California, Arkansas, and Texas, and three third-place finishes in California and Kentucky. Last weekend at Hollywood Park, Sadler’s Sidney’s Candy was second in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and Cost of Freedom was the runner-up in the Cool Frenchy Stakes.

“I can’t beat the handicapper,” Sadler said. “How many pounds did I give away?”

Sidney’s Candy carried top weight of 123 pounds, four more than Crown of Thorns, who won by 1 1/4 lengths. Cost of Freedom carried 124 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Cool Frenchy, six more than M One Rifle who won by a half-length.

“I was disappointed not to win,” Sadler said of the Saturday races.

Weights will be in Sadler’s favor when he has his next stakes starter – Runflatout in Sunday’s $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs. The race has allowance conditions, and Runflatout will get a break in the weights as only a maiden race winner.

“I like that,” Sadler said.

Owned by the West Point Thoroughbreds partnerships, Runflatout has made two starts, winning his debut by a sharp 2 1/2 lengths over six furlongs at Santa Anita on Jan. 29 but finishing last of 10 in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 12, his only start in a Triple Crown prep.

“We tried to stretch him out,” Sadler said. “I think the seven-eighths will be a good distance. I think you can expect a good race.”

Sadler’s runners from last weekend will start in important stakes in coming months. Sidney’s Candy is being pointed to the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf on July 2, while Cost of Freedom is a candidate for the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap on May 30, a race he won last year at 7.

Cost of Freedom will face M One Rifle in the Los Angeles Handicap. M One Rifle set a five-furlong track record of 55.98 seconds in the Cool Frenchy. He lowered the previous mark of 56.14 seconds set by Cost of Freedom last December.

In addition, the Sadler-trained Twirling Candy, who won the Strub Stakes in February and was a troubled fifth as the favorite in the Santa Anita Handicap in March, worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds at Hollywood Park on Monday, preparing for an expected start in the $150,000 Californian Stakes on June 4.

One of Sadler’s other recent stakes placings was Zazu, who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks last Friday. Sadler said over the weekend that he did not have an immediate plan for Zazu. The next race for the division in Southern California is the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on June 25.

◗ Trainer Dean Greenman has been fined $500 after one of his starters, Troubletimesthree, tested in excess of the permitted level of the anti-inflammatory Flunixin at Santa Anita in March, according to a ruling issued by Hollywood Park stewards Sunday. The excessive level was found in a post-race test taken from Troubletimesthree following a second-place finish in an $8,000 claimer, the fourth race, on March 23.