05/24/2011 1:15PM

Hollywood Park: Talamo loses mount on St Trinians after Milady DQ

Benoit & Associates
St Trinians crosses the wire first under Joe Talamo in the Milady, but she was disqualified to fourth for interfering with She's Cheeky (right). Ultra Blend (second from right), who finished second, was put up for the win.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – St Trinians will have a different rider for the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 18, trainer Mike Mitchell confirmed Tuesday. The 6-year-old mare won the Grade 2 Milady Handicap on Saturday, but was disqualified from first and placed fourth after drifting in under the right-handed whip of jockey Joe Talamo.

“They all make mistakes,” Mitchell said. “I love Joe, but I’m going to have to make a change. She had the whole outside of the track, and she will respond to a left-handed whip.”

St Trinians was outside her rivals in the stretch, but under the right-hand whip she drifted inward and caused She’s Cheeky to steady between horses and fall from third to fourth. The stewards ruled the incident cost She’s Cheeky the chance for a better placing. St Trinians was disqualified and placed behind that rival in fourth. The original runner-up Ultra Blend inherited the win.

“The fact I came in wasn’t that bad,” Talamo said. “I think the chain reaction, where [She’s Cheeky] had to take up was the reason. It was sort of the wrong place at the wrong time for all of us.”

The stewards suspended Talamo three days (May 28-30) for “failure to make the proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch, and causing interference.”

The Milady would have been the 2,500th career win for Mitchell, who reached the milestone Sunday when One Bad Romance won race 1 under Talamo.

“The milestone was great, but the stake would have been more important,” Mitchell admitted.

The good news is 6-year-old St Trinians came out the race in good shape. Mitchell said he will point her to the Vanity, a Grade 1 expected to include Blind Luck, Switch, and Miss Match. St Trinians finished second to Zenyatta in the 2010 Vanity. Mitchell said he was “working on” finding a rider for St Trinians.

Ultra Blend to shorten up in A Gleam

Ultra Blend, whose Milady victory was her first in a graded stakes, will shorten to a sprint for her next start, trainer Art Sherman said. The 10-for-21 California-bred initially was considered a candidate for the 1 1/8-mile Vanity.

“That race looks double-tough,” Sherman said.

“I can wait and go in the seven-eighths,” he said, referring to the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap on July 16.

Sherman also trains Pedaltothemedal, disappointing third as the even-money favorite Saturday in the Grade 3 Railbird. Sherman suspects she may have “bounced” second start back after a huge comeback win that earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure. Pedaltothemedal, 2 for 4, will switch to grass for her next start. The $70,000 Manhattan Beach Stakes, a six-furlong stakes for 3-year-old fillies, will be run June 18.

Miller has another fast juvenile

Last fall, Peter Miller trained California’s leading 2-year-old, Comma to the Top. Fast forward to this spring, and Miller again trains California’s top 2-year-old, Majestic City. A smashing debut May 21 by the son of City Zip stamps him as the early division leader and likely favorite June 12 in the $70,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes.

“He trained as good as any horse I’ve had,” Miller said.

Everyone knew. Bettors hammered him to even-money off two bullet works. Majestic City broke like a shot under David Flores and won comfortably by 1 1/2 lengths in 51.27 seconds, the fastest 4 1/2 furlongs of the meet. He earned an 86 Beyer. Majestic City was purchased for $180,000 at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds and is owned by a syndicate whose principals are Mike Shustek and Jeff Bloom.

As for Comma to the Top, Miller said he came out of recent arthroscopic surgery in good order and will recuperate for 60 days before returning to the track this summer at Del Mar.

Cozi Rosie, Malibu Pier top Gamely

The weekend stakes schedule at Hollywood includes the first Grade 1 of the meet, the Gamely Stakes on Memorial Day for fillies and mares at a 1 1/8 miles on grass. Likely favorites are Cozi Rosie and Malibu Pier; others expected include Dubawi Heights, Eclair de Lune, Miss Keller, Restless Soul, and Turning Top.

The supporting feature Monday is the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap, a six-furlong sprint in which Amazombie and Cost of Freedom were assigned top weight of 122 pounds. Others expected include M One Rifle (118), Supreme Summit (117), and Gato Go Win (115).

In the Grade 2 American Handicap, a one-mile grass race Saturday, Sidney’s Candy was assigned top weight of 123 pounds. Others expected include The Usual Q.T. (121), Liberian Freighter (120), Goldwaki (117), and Sebastian Flyte (115).