07/17/2008 11:00PM

Hystericalady likely headed for Spa


DEL MAR, Calif. - Hystericalady, who won her third stakes of 2008 in the $1 million Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park last Sunday, has returned to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's base at Golden Gate Fields. She'll be heading back across the country soon, though.

Hollendorfer said on Friday that he is strongly considering shipping Hystericalady to Saratoga for the $400,000 Personal Ensign Stakes on Aug. 22. The Grade 1 Personal Ensign is one of the top races of the year for fillies and mares.

While Hollendorfer has purposely raced Hystericalady on a dirt surface most of this year, he said he is likely to put her back on a synthetic track for the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic, the race formerly known as the BC Distaff, at Santa Anita on Oct. 24.

"We haven't planned to run her on a synthetic track," Hollendorfer said at his Del Mar barn. "I suppose in the end we might have to. I suppose she could try a race down here. She didn't run that badly on synthetic tracks."

In four starts on such surfaces, all in Southern California, Hystericalady is winless, but she was second by a nose to Tough Tiz's Sis in the Grade 1 Lady's Secret Stakes at Oak Tree last October. Later that month, she finished second, beaten a neck by Ginger Punch, in the BC Distaff at Monmouth Park.

Earlier this year, racing on dirt, she won the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. Owned by a partnership that includes Hollendorfer, Hystericalady has won 10 of 20 starts and $2,110,556.

Montana Fields draws outside for debut

Hollendorfer has a promising 2-year-old filly in Montana Fields, who makes her debut in a $53,000 maiden special weight race at 5 1/2 furlongs, Sunday's fourth race at Del Mar.

Montana Fields, by Pulpit, drew the outside post in a field of 10 2-year-old fillies, seven of which are making their first start. Montana Fields had bullet workouts at three, four, and five furlongs at Hollywood Park in June and early July.

"She's pretty fast," Hollendorfer said. "We think she has ability. She's breaking from the outside, so if she needs to sit a little bit, she can do that. I like her quite a bit."

Stardom Bound, by Tapit, makes her debut for trainer Christopher Paasch. She was purchased for $375,000 by Charles Cono at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March auction of 2-year-olds in training. Stardom Bound was entered in a maiden race at Hollywood Park on June 25, but was scratched after suffering a minor stall injury.

Paasch is hopeful that Stardom Bound can win on Sunday and start later at this meeting in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 6 or the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1.

"If she does what I think she can do, we'll be in line for what we want to do," Paasch said. "My filly doesn't have a whole lot of speed. Jerry's looks like she has a ton of speed."

Kinesiology, a Dixie Union filly bought for $190,000 at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training, starts for trainer Craig Dollase, who warned the race may be too short for her.

"She's been very straightforward," Dollase said. "She might need a little more distance."

Irish Gypsy is making her second start, having finished fifth in her debut on June 15. The runner-up in that race, Emmy Darling, returned to win the Landaluce Stakes on June 28. Irish Gypsy rallied from eighth to finish fifth that day.

"I was surprised she didn't show speed," trainer Bob Baffert said. "She came running late."

Del Mar Oaks possible for Distant Victory

Distant Victory's victory in an optional claimer on turf Thursday is likely to lead to a stakes appearance at this meeting, possibly in the $400,000 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 16, co-owner John Harris said.

Trained by Carla Gaines, Distant Victory rallied from ninth in a field of 10 to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Distant Victory overcame a wide trip and trouble on the turn.

"Going down the back, she was in deep water," Harris said. "That's what you like to see on turf, that kick."

Distant Victory is unbeaten in two starts on turf in her three-race career. She beat maidens at Hollywood Park on June 18.

"I hope she's something big," Harris said.

Trainers face fine if gelding goes unreported

The California Horse Racing Board will begin fining trainers $1,000 for failing to report that a horse has been gelded since his last start, the board voted Thursday.

The strict penalty was immediately blasted by Ed Halpern, the executive director of the California Thoroughbred Trainers.

"I see it as a reason for a Boston Tea Party for trainers," Halpern said.

Halpern described the fine as "unjust" and said it would be financially harmful to trainers.

"A friend of mine pointed out that $1,000 is a week or two of earnings for most trainers," he said after the meeting. "That's a stiff penalty."

The rule change will be in place for six months before it is reviewed, the racing board said.

At Thursday's meeting, the racing board debated whether to fine trainers or scratch the horse. Dr. Rick Arthur, the racing board's equine medical director, said there have been 44 instances in the last year when horses were not reported as gelded since their last start.

At the meeting, Halpern questioned whether trainers would be held responsible if they note that a horse has been gelded on an entry card, but racing office staff failed to record the information.

"If it happens, will they pay a $1,000 fine?" he said.

Bettors have said they need to know if a horse has been gelded, because it can lead to significant changes in form.

Dakota Padre suffers fatal training injury

Dakota Padre, the winner of 3 of 19 starts and $171,526, was euthanized on Friday after suffering a sesamoid injury while galloping on the main track, Del Mar officials said.

Owned by Ed Moger Jr., Dakota Padre, 4, finished fourth in a six-furlong optional claimer on turf at Hollywood Park on July 3 in his last start.