06/21/2005 11:00PM

Injured Supah Blitz out of Gold Cup

Benoit & Associates
Californian winner Lava Man gives the O'Neill barn a Gold Cup starter.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Supah Blitz, the winner of four stakes in the last year, will miss the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park on July 9 because of a splint bone injury, trainer Doug O'Neill said Wednesday.

The injury robs the Gold Cup of one of its more established candidates. The race lacks a nationally prominent standout.

The injury was detected after Supah Blitz won the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 30, O'Neill said. Earlier this year, Supah Blitz won the Grade 3 Tokyo City Handicap at Santa Anita and finished second in the Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

Owned by a partnership, Supah Blitz, 5, has won 8 of 38 starts and $1,319,210.

The absence of Supah Blitz leaves O'Neill with one Gold Cup starter - Lava Man, who won the Grade 2 Californian last Saturday.

There are seven probable starters for the Gold Cup - Lava Man, Al Arz, Anziyan Royalty, Congrats, Keep on Punching, Preachinatthebar, and Pt's Grey Eagle.

Congrats was second in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap and fifth in the Dubai World Cup in March. Given a break following the Dubai trip, Congrats finished second in the minor Ack Ack Handicap here over 7 1/2 furlongs on June 11. Congrats worked a half-mile in 48.80 seconds on Monday.

"He'll get a more serious workout next week," Mandella said. "I was happy with his last race. I wanted to put a little life in him. I think I got a good strong race out of him."

Singletary to miss Firecracker

Singletary, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile last October, will miss the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs on July 4 because of a recent case of hives, trainer Don Chatlos said.

"He had some kind of allergic reaction and broke out," Chatlos said. "I missed a week, and I'd be behind the eight ball if we had to ship. He's been back to the track for two days."

Chatlos said that Singletary jogged Tuesday and galloped Wednesday.

The revised goal for Singletary is the $350,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap at a mile on turf on Sept. 4.

This year, Singletary has 1 victory in 3 starts - the Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita on April 9. In the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on May 30, Singletary finished fourth as the 9-5 favorite.

Winendynme runs for new faces

Saturday's $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap will mark the debut of Winendynme for owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill, who acquired the 4-year-old filly privately earlier this month. She was previously owned by Fred Sahadi and trained by his daughter, Jenine.

The Beverly Hills Handicap, run at 1 1/4 miles on turf, will mark the longest start of Winendynme's career. By Dynaformer, Winendynme has won 5 of 12 starts and $230,131, including two restricted turf stakes at this meeting - the Tuzla Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on May 6 and the Tranquility Lake Stakes at a mile on May 28.

"Her pedigree says she should go long," O'Neill said. "She's in good form right now."

The Beverly Hills field is led by Megahertz, the 124-pound topweight, who is seeking her 12th stakes win.

Memorette gets ready for Oaks

Memorette, who has placed in four graded stakes on dirt this year, worked five furlongs on turf in 59 seconds on Wednesday, preparing for her grass debut in the $750,000 American Oaks on July 3.

Trained by Bill Currin for his wife, Betty, Memorette finished second in the Grade 2 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks in her last start on June 12. In that race, she rallied from last in an eight-horse field to miss catching Brooke's Halo by a length.

The Grade 1 American Oaks is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf for 3-year-old fillies. Fillies based in California, Kentucky, New York, Europe, and Japan have been invited to the race.