07/02/2005 12:00AM

Indian Ocean picking it up for Robbins


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - When he is not scouring the nation's entries for 2-year-olds sired by his old friend Tiznow, trainer Jay Robbins has been busy reviving his stable in recent weeks.

Robbins trained Tiznow to a Horse of the Year campaign in 2000 and to consecutive wins in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2000 and 2001. This summer, Tiznow's first foals have reached the track, and Robbins is keeping score at home.

"I get a bigger kick out of following them than training horses right now," he said.

After a few quiet seasons, though, Robbins's 10-horse stable is demanding attention. On June 18, Robbins saddled Indian Ocean to win the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap. The race served as a prep for Saturday's $400,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-old over 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park.

The Swaps is one of three graded stakes on Saturday's program, joined by the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap for female sprinters.

Robbins has never won the Swaps, but did finish second in 2000 with Tiznow, who was beaten by Captain Steve. Tiznow entered that race following a win in the Affirmed.

"Their careers have paralleled each other quite a lot," Robbins said of Tiznow and Indian Ocean.

Indian Ocean has won his last three starts, but has never started over the Swaps distance of 1 1/8 miles. Robbins said he is not overly concerned.

"He continues to relax, and he's very professional on the track," he said. "He continues to do well."

Despite his winning streak, Indian Ocean will not be favored. Don't Get Mad, who won two stakes at Churchill Downs and was fourth in the Kentucky Derby, is expected to have that role.

The race will not have a large field. Other probable starters include Dover Dere, Khyber Pass, Robador, and Surf Cat.

Limehouse tops Gold Cup probables

The Hollywood Gold Cup, run over 1 1/4 miles, had 10 candidates as of Saturday. The field is led by Limehouse, the winner of the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park on June 11.

Other probable starters include Al Arz, Anziyan Royalty, Borrego, Congrats, Keep on Punching , Lava Man, Musique Toujours, Perfect Drift, and Pt's Grey Eagle. Preachinatthebar, the winner of an allowance race June 16, may be held out in favor of the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 24.

The Gold Cup will mark the stakes debut of Keep on Punching, who has won three consecutive starts. Saturday at Santa Anita, Keep on Punching worked six furlongs in 1:13.40.

At Hollywood Park, Gold Cup longshot Al Arz worked six furlongs in 1:14.20, and Anziyan Royalty breezed the same distance in 1:15.40.

She's a Jewel snaps losing streak

Robbins scored his second stakes win of the spring-summer meeting Friday, when She's a Jewel ($8.60) won the $54,100 Impressive Style Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf.

Ridden by Rene Douglas, She's a Jewel stalked pacesetter Spring of Pearls to early stretch and held off a late run from Haka Girl to win by a head. She's a Jewel was timed in 1:02.46.

The Impressive Style was restricted to 3-year-old fillies that had not won a stakes this year. She's a Jewel ended a three-race losing streak in the Impressive Style. She has won 3 of 9 starts and $161,310. Robbins said she will be kept in sprints.

"She's filled out a lot physically," Robbins said.

California Cup moves to Sunday

The California Cup program will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, the closing day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting this fall. The date has been changed from 2004, when the 10-race event was held on a Saturday in mid-October.

This year, the event will be run a week after the Breeders' Cup program at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. From 1998-2003, the California Cup was run the week following the Breeders' Cup, but was held on a Saturday.

The California Cup program features eight stakes worth $100,000 or more and two $50,000 handicaps for horses that have run in claiming races.

Valentine Dancer to A Gleam

Valentine Dancer, the millionaire California-bred mare, was withdrawn from Sunday's $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes in favor of the A Gleam Handicap. The Grade 2 A Gleam is run over seven furlongs.

Saturday at Santa Anita, Valentine Dancer worked a half-mile in 47 seconds, the third-fastest of 47 works at the distance.

"It looked like it wouldn't be quite as tough," said trainer Craig Lewis of the A Gleam. The Royal Heroine "is really loaded. We'll see if we're right when she runs."