10/08/2006 11:00PM

Horse Greeley too sore for BC Juvenile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Horse Greeley came out of Sunday's Grade 2 Norfolk Breeders' Cup Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting with sore ankles and will not contest the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, trainer Richard Mandella said Monday.

The first two finishers from the Norfolk - Stormello and Principle Secret - are expected to run in the BC Juvenile. Spot the Diplomat, who finished third, will make his next start in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile here on Oct. 28.

Horse Greeley, who won the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 6, finished seventh in the Norfolk as the 6-5 favorite. Making his first start since the Del Mar Futurity, Horse Greeley was rank early, raced very wide on the first turn and the backstretch and was eased through the stretch.

Mandella said that Horse Greeley would undergo a precautionary nuclear scan and possibly X-rays.

"His ankles are a bit jarred up," Mandella said.

In the days before the Norfolk, Mandella spoke highly of Horse Greeley's preparation. He had hoped to use the Norfolk as a prep to the BC Juvenile, a race his stable won in 2003 with Action This Day.

"It wouldn't be a good thing to move in there and do that," Mandella said of traveling to Churchill with Horse Greeley. "Mentally, it all caught up with him."

Stormello hasn't peaked yet

Stormello won his first stakes in the Norfolk, having finished third behind Principle Secret in the Best Pal Stakes and third in the Del Mar Futurity.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stormello rallied from fourth to finish a neck in front of Principle Secret, who set the early pace. Desormaux was left with the impression that Stormello will move forward from that race.

"He's a little spotty," Desormeaux said. "He still can learn a lot. He's acting like that and there is room for improvement."

The Norfolk was Desormeaux's only mount on Sunday and marked a rare appearance in Southern California for the Hall of Fame jockey. He relocated to New York earlier this year. Trainer Bill Currin insisted that Desormeaux retain the mount after riding Stormello in the Del Mar Futurity.

"I believe in my horse and Kent Desormeaux, and not necessarily in that order," Currin said. "He gave up his business in New York to be here. It's flattering to the horse and me. He doesn't have to hitchhike home. I can fly him home."

Principle Secret was making his first start since the win in the Best Pal Stakes. Trainer Christopher Paasch was upset that Principle Secret was on the lead. Ridden by Alex Solis, Principle Secret set fractions of 22.56 and 45.89 seconds, led by 1 1/2 lengths in the stretch, and was caught near the line.

"Not too many 2-year-olds can do what he did yesterday," Paasch said Monday. "I was disappointed. I thought he had a couple of chances to take him back.

"I think he's a really good horse. On the turn, I thought he was done. He was pressed the whole way. When Stormello came to him, it was like, 'Oh, we're not done yet.' "

Accident sidelines Charming Legacy

Charming Legacy, the morning-line favorite in Sunday's ninth race, is out indefinitely after getting loose before the race and becoming caught between the rails of the main track and turf course in the moments before the race.

It took approximately 20 members of the track's gate crew and maintenance staff to move the temporary rail of the main track and free Charming Legacy. The incident occurred near the quarter pole of the main track.

Trainer Ron McAnally said Charming Legacy needed stitches on her shoulder, ankles, and higher on her leg, a procedure that took more than three hours. He said she had regained her appetite by Monday.

"It was a bad day for everybody," McAnally said. "Luckily, she's alive. Hopefully, we'll be able to fight another battle."

Owned by McAnally's wife, Debbie, Charming Legacy is winless in three starts, having finished second in each race.

Charming Legacy was the only member of the ninth race who was covered in the pick six. When she was scratched, tickets that did not mark an alternate selection on bet cards were transferred to the favorite, Queen's Song, who finished second. Race winner Yours Truly ($8.60) was the second betting choice. Because no tickets marked Yours Truly as an alternate, there was a pick six carryover of $131,845 for Monday.

Bettors at California racetracks and simulcast locations can use bet cards to designate an alternate selection in the event of a late scratch in multi-race win bets such as the pick six and pick four. Without that designation, selections are transferred to the favorite.

Garcia's apprentice status extended

Jockey Martin Garcia has been given a 23-day extension to his five-pound apprentice claim through Nov. 28 because of a recent wrist injury, the stewards announced last week.

Garcia, who won the riding title at Golden Gate Fields earlier this year, ranked among the leading riders at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting and at the Del Mar meeting, but was plagued by suspensions at Del Mar.

He has not ridden since early September because of the wrist injury and 22 days of suspension for careless riding. Garcia is scheduled to resume riding on Oct. 19 at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, according to his agent, Roger Olguin.

* Jockey Jon Court traveled to Florida after the races on Saturday after learning that his older brother James, 47, had been killed in a hit-and-run accident in Florida. Court took off his mounts at Santa Anita on Sunday and Monday and is not booked to ride on Wednesday. He is expected to resume riding on Thursday, according to his agent, Craig O'Bryan.

* T. H. Approval, the runner-up in the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship on Sept. 30, worked three furlongs in 38.20 seconds on Monday. Trained by Eduardo Inda, T.oH. Approval will make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

* E Z Warrior, the undefeated winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship in July, worked three furlongs in 37.20 seconds on Monday. Trained by Bob Baffert, E Z Warrior was taken out of training in late summer because of soreness and will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.