06/02/2012 2:10PM

Hollywood Park: Slim Shadey will stay home for Whittingham

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Trainer Simon Callaghan has chosen not to ship Slim Shadey to New York for Saturday's Manhattan.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Santa Anita stakes winner Slim Shadey is staying home for his next start.

The winner of the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes in January, Slim Shadey is being pointed to the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park next Saturday, trainer Simon Callaghan said.

Second in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 5, Slim Shadey had been considered for the $500,000 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Callaghan said a deciding factor is limiting Slim Shadey’s travel in the near future, with the likelihood that the 4-year-old gelding will race outside of California later this summer, perhaps in the Arlington Million in August.

“He’s going to stay here,” Callaghan said. “We were thinking about [the Belmont Park race]. If we’re going to ship to other races, we thought it would prudent to stay here.”

Owned by Phil Cunningham, Slim Shadey has won 3 of 18 starts and $347,600. After the San Marcos, he was second by a head to Bourbon Bay in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita over 1 1/2 miles before traveling to Churchill Downs.

Bourbon Bay may start in the Whittingham, a race in which he was third last year to two-time defending champion Acclamation. The Eclipse Award winner as the champion older male of 2011, Acclamation is expected to start in the Whittingham, having worked a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on May 25 and last Friday.

Trained by Don Warren, Acclamation has won his last five starts, all in graded stakes, but has not started since winning the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita last October.

“I think it will be an interesting race,” Callaghan said. “Our horse is obviously improving and getting better with every race.”

Belle Royale eyes Royal Heroine

Callaghan won the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes with Belle Royale on May 26, and the 4-year-old filly could start again at the current spring-summer meeting.

The Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 18 is a long-term goal, but Callaghan does not want to wait that long between starts for Belle Royale. The $150,000 Royal Heroine Stakes over a mile on turf for fillies and mares on July 7 is likely to be her next start.

Belle Royale has won her last five starts, but the Gamely, over 1 1/8 miles on turf, was her first Grade 1 win.

”We might drop her back in distance in the Royal Heroine,” he said.

“She’s come out of the race so well. It’s 11 weeks to the Beverly D.

It’s kind of a long wait.”

Baffert moves ahead of Lukas

American Lady’s win in Friday’s $71,800 Reminiscing Stakes gave trainer Bob Baffert his 85th career stakes win at Hollywood Park, leaving him fifth on the track’s all-time list.

Baffert, who won his sixth race of the current spring-summer meeting with American Lady, had been tied with D. Wayne Lukas. Charles Whittingham is first on the all-time list with 222 wins.

American Lady ran 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:30.49, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Top Debutante.

By Stormy Atlantic, American Lady has won 3 of 6 starts and $133,866 for owner Kaleem Shah.