08/31/2007 11:00PM

Hot juveniles may boost McAnally


DEL MAR, Calif. - With just two wins from his first 45 starters at Del Mar, trainer Ron McAnally says he is not pleased with his stable's results this summer.

The two winners may still salvage the meeting. The 2-year-old filly Izarra, a maiden race winner July 29, starts in Monday's $250,000 Del Mar Debutante. The 2-year-old colt E Z's Gentleman starts in Wednesday's $250,000 Del Mar Futurity.

"It will make a mediocre meeting a lot better if we can win with one of them," McAnally said.

Owned by Janis Whitham, Izarra has made only one start, but McAnally is not hesitating to start her in the Debutante. With the exception of three stakes-winning fillies, the 14-horse field is full of maiden winners, and a few maidens. The favorite will be Tasha's Miracle, the winner of the Sorrento Stakes here last month, and a filly who failed to catch McAnally's eye.

"In my opinion, the Sorrento didn't look that tough," he said.

As a maiden winner, Izarra must improve to win the seven-furlong Debutante. McAnally was impressed by the style of her maiden victory when she rallied from eighth to win by 3 3/4 lengths.

"She broke badly, circled the field, and won going away," he said. "She's push-button."

E Z's Gentleman, owned by Arnold Zetcher, won a six-furlong maiden race in his second start on Aug. 19, having finished ninth in his debut on July 28. In the August race, he rallied from ninth to win by a half-length. Third-place finisher Overextended, who was favored, is a probable starter in the Futurity.

"The favorite went by him and he came back and got him," McAnally said of E Z's Gentleman. "As big and tall as he is, he's got speed in the morning."

The Futurity is expected to have 11 probable starters, including Dixie Chatter, Drewthegentleman, Drill Down, Georgie Boy, Good Man Dan, Kanan Dume, Leonides, Salute the Sarge, and Whatever Whenever.

Price Tag to wait for Keeneland

Price Tag, the winner of the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes last November, was scratched from Saturday's $250,000 Palomar Handicap and will start at Keeneland in October, trainer Bobby Frankel said Saturday morning.

The decision still left Frankel with the favorite for the Grade 2 Palomar in Precious Kitten, the winner of the Grade 1 John Mabee Handicap earlier at this meeting.

Price Tag was expected to start in the Palomar, but Frankel said he "wasn't sure about her fitness" after a brief battle with colic last month. "I decided the other filly is more fit," he said of Precious Kitten. "I decided to play it safe."

El Cajon winners eye bigger stakes

Latin Rhythms and Rush With Thunder won divisions of the El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds on Friday and are bound for lucrative stakes this fall.

Rush With Thunder, claimed for $20,000 on July 22, won his first stakes in the $112,650 first division, racing near the front throughout. Ridden by Omar Berrio for A.C. Avila, Rush With Thunder won by 1 1/2 lengths over Frank the Barber, finishing a mile in 1:40.06. Cobalt Blue, the 2-1 favorite, finished eighth.

Rush With Thunder, owned by Shawn Hunter and Monte Pyle, will be considered for the $250,000 California Cup Classic at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Nov. 3. Since being claimed, he has won three races and $143,550.

Latin Rhythms may start in the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6 after winning the $111,400 second division by 1 3/4 lengths over 28-1 Bad Boy. Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Latin Rhythms was timed in 1:39.14.

Noble Court, the 8-5 favorite, finished fifth in the field of eight.

Latin Rhythms won his first stakes in the El Cajon. He is owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel and trained by Ron Ellis. Third in the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap on turf in his stakes debut last month, Latin Rhythms has won 3 of 5 starts and $152,240.

Horse dies from training injuries

Silver State, a 3-year-old maiden who was training for his first start since his debut in June 2006, became the third horse to be euthanized this summer as a result of injuries sustained while training on Del Mar's new Polytrack surface, the track announced.

Silver State suffered a knee injury in a workout on Aug. 6, when he drilled a half-mile in 49 seconds. He subsequently underwent surgery, but suffered complications and was euthanized on Tuesday, according to publicist Dan Smith.

No horses have died as a result of injuries in races this summer on Polytrack. Four horses have been euthanized from injuries on Del Mar's turf course - three in races, one in a workout - bringing to seven the number of horses who have been euthanized this summer, well below the rate of last summer, when 18 were euthanized as a result of injuries suffered during racing or training.

Lava Man to be first on Cushion Track

When Santa Anita opens its new Cushion Track surface for training on Tuesday, the first horse scheduled to step on the track is Lava Man, according to Santa Anita publicist Mike Willman.

The track has arranged for Lava Man, the popular California-bred who has won the last two runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap, to head to Santa Anita early Tuesday morning from his summer home at Del Mar.

Lava Man is scheduled to make his next start at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting in the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes on Sept. 29.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman