09/02/2007 11:00PM

An ill Tasha's Miracle misses Debutante


DEL MAR, Calif. - Tasha's Miracle, the winner of the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes in August, was scratched from Monday's $250,000 Del Mar Debutante after suffering stomach cramps on Saturday, trainer John Sadler said.

She was expected to have been favored in the Grade 1 race for 2-year-old fillies over seven furlongs.

Sadler said that Tasha's Miracle encountered no lasting effects from "tying up" on Saturday and would be sent to Santa Anita this week with the intent of resuming training. She will be pointed for the Oak Leaf Stakes at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Sept. 29.

Sadler said the scratch was finalized on Sunday morning after Tasha's Miracle underwent blood tests.

"We had to wait for the blood work to come back and it wasn't perfect," Sadler said. "It was very minor, but I didn't want to run her."

Owned by Budget Stable and the Team Valor syndicate, Tasha's Miracle has won 2 of 3 starts and $126,800.

Noble Court, the beaten favorite when fifth in the second division of Friday's El Cajon Stakes, emerged from the race with an ankle injury, Sadler said. Owned by Joy Ride Stable, Noble Court has won 3 of 7 starts and $189,918. Earlier this year, Noble Court won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.

Cal Cup goal for Lucky J.H.

A front-running victory by Lucky J.H. in a money allowance race on the turf on Sunday has trainer Carla Gaines eyeing the Nov. 3 California Cup this fall at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.

"I want to run him in the Cal Cup, with something in between," Gaines said Monday morning.

Lucky J.H., 5, has now won 6 of 13 starts, including victories in the Ack Ack Handicap and Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park in the spring of 2006. He was away from the races from June 2006 until Aug. 3, when he returned to finish third after setting a hot pace in the California Dreamin Handicap for California-breds.

"He didn't have any chips or fractures," Gaines said.

Black Seventeen will miss BC Sprint

Black Seventeen, the winner of the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder in July, will miss the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park in October because of an ankle injury, trainer Brian Koriner said over the weekend.

Black Seventeen missed training during part of August because of a sore foot, Koriner said. The ankle injury was diagnosed after a three-furlong workout on Aug. 23.

"We can't find anything major, but he's got a tender ankle," Koriner said. "He's going to the ranch. He'll probably get 60 to 90 days off."

Koriner had hoped to start Black Seventeen in a prep to the BC Sprint in late September or early October.

Black Seventeen has won 4 of 6 starts and $285,360.

Baze agrees to serve days

Jockey Michael Baze, the leading rider at Del Mar, will miss six days of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet to serve suspensions received in recent weeks.

Last week, Baze dropped an appeal of a three-day suspension issued in late July for causing interference aboard Zann on July 27. Saturday, he was suspended for an additional three days for causing interference in Friday's sixth race aboard Wondrous Event, who was disqualified from third to fourth.

Baze will serve suspensions from Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 3-6.

Joe Talamo, second in the standings at Del Mar, will miss three days during the first week at Oak Tree after dropping an appeal of a suspension from July.

Talamo will serve a suspension on Sept. 28-30. He was cited for causing interference aboard Midnighter on July 19.

While suspended, both jockeys will be able to ride designated races, such as graded stakes, since those races are exempt from routine suspensions.

Debut win for Japanese-bred

Trainer John Shirreffs this year received a pair of French Deputy 2-year-old colts that were bred in Japan, and the first of them to make the races, Reflect Times, scored a $36.80 upset victory in his debut last Saturday.

"He had been training well," Shirreffs said. "We knew he had a good finish in him. I'll look for something at Oak Tree for him next. It's always tough when you win a maiden race first time out."

Shirreffs's other French Deputy colt, Perfect New, should debut this fall.

Three deaths bring total to 11

Three horses were euthanized over the weekend as a result of catastrophic injuries suffered on Del Mar's new Polytrack surface, bringing to 11 the number of horses who have had to be euthanized at Del Mar this summer.

Two of the three deaths were from racing-related injuries, while the other occurred during a morning workout.

Swedish Radar broke down in the upper stretch of Sunday's third race, a $10,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles. He was making his fourth start of the meet, all at that level, and had finished third once and fourth twice. Swedish Radar, 6, was a gelding trained by Mike Marlow, who had another horse euthanized earlier this meet.

On Saturday, Hanalei Honey - who was making her first start in more than 13 months - fractured her pelvis in a $50,000 claiming sprint and was euthanized after being removed from the track in a horse ambulance. Hanalei Honey, 3, was making her first start for trainer Ed Moger after starting twice last year for Jorge Gutierrez.

Saturday morning, the mare Waitingonasunnyday, 5, fractured her left front sesamoids during a workout for trainer Richard Matlow and was euthanized, according to Del Mar publicist Dan Smith.

Of the 11 horses euthanized this summer, six were from injuries on Polytrack, five on the turf course. Of the six on Polytrack, the only two that occurred as a result of races have been Hanalei Honey and Swedish Radar.

Last summer, 18 horses were euthanized as a result of injuries suffered during racing or training at Del Mar. That casualty rate was part of the impetus for Del Mar to switch to Polytrack this year.

Headley fined for omission

Trainer Bruce Headley was fined $500 by Del Mar stewards on Sunday for failing to disclose that Choctaw Chief had been gelded before he ran in the sixth race on Aug. 18, according to a ruling released by the stewards.

Choctaw Chief won a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs at odds of 9-1 in his first start since finishing fifth at Santa Anita in March.

Trainers are required to report that horses are racing as geldings for the first time when entries are submitted.

o Hello Sunday, who finished third in the Pacific Classic, worked a half-mile on Polytrack in 49 seconds for trainer Bobby Frankel on Monday morning.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman