03/31/2004 12:00AM

Injury ends Johar's career


ARCADIA, Calif. - Johar, the dead-heat winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf last October, has been retired after suffering a suspensory injury in mid-March.

Johar will be sent to stud, but plans have not been finalized, according to Richard Mulhall, racing manager for Johar's owner, The Thoroughbred Corp.

A finalist for the Eclipse Award as the outstanding turf male of 2003, Johar, 5, ended his racing career with six wins in 16 starts and earnings of $1,494,496.

The injury occurred at a time when a deal was nearly finalized to sell Johar as a racing and breeding prospect, according to trainer Richard Mandella. The deal was scrapped.

"The injury was pretty poor timing," Mandella said.

Johar had been in preparation for a comeback in Saturday's Arcadia Handicap.

The Thorougbred Corp. held a dispersal of 54 racehorses at the Barretts 2-year-olds in training sale last month. At the time, Mulhall said Johar would be sold privately.

Johar raced only as a 3- and 4-year-old. He won his maiden in his third career start in February 2002 and was in outstanding form in the second half of that season, finishing first in the Oak Tree and Hollywood derbies; second in the Del Mar Derby, Oceanside Stakes, and Will Rogers Handicap; and third in the Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap.

In 2003, Johar made just five starts in a campaign that was interrupted by injury.

He won the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes against older horses in January, but was sidelined by a shoulder injury. He returned to racing in late summer.

After finishing third in the Brubaker Handicap at Del Mar and second in the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Oak Tree, he was sent off at 14-1 in the BC Turf. Rallying from last in a field of nine, Johar finished in a dead heat with High Chaparral.

Johar made his final start in the Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse last November, finishing 16th on a yielding turf course.

By Gone West, Johar is out of Windsharp, a multiple stakes winner in the mid-1990's in Southern California.

Court moves to California

Journeyman rider Jon Court, who has ridden stakes winners Excessivepleasure and Fleetstreet Dancer for local trainer Doug O'Neill in the last year, has relocated to Southern California.

Court had one mount on Wednesday and has been booked to ride Lucky Pulpit in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.

Earlier this meeting Court won the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf aboard Valentine Dancer. At the time, Court said he planned to move to California for the Hollywood Park meeting that begins on April 21, but he recently moved up his starting date.

"It's a good time to come out here," Court said. "My wife and I were ready to make a change."

Last weekend in Dubai, Court rode Excessivepleasure to a third-place finish in the Godolphin Mile and Fleetstreet Dancer to a seventh in the Dubai World Cup.

Court rode earlier this year at Gulfstream Park and has been a fixture in Kentucky in recent years, where he won four consecutive riding titles at Ellis Park from 1998-2001.

Ender's Shadow will be out front

Ender's Shadow can be an uncooperative gelding during a race, but his recent results have made the fuss worthwhile for the Green Lantern Stable and trainer Jenine Sahadi.

On March 13, Ender's Shadow won his first stakes in the Tokyo City Handicap, leading throughout to score by three lengths at 43-1. Saturday, Ender's Shadow will be a shorter price when he tries to win his first graded stakes in the $100,000 San Bernardino Handicap.

Run over 1 1/16 miles, the Grade 3 San Bernardino drew seven entrants. Ender's Shadow starts from post 4. Others in the field are Calkins Road, Dynever, Even the Score, Kela, Star Cross, and Total Impact.

Dynever will be favored. Trained by Christophe Clement, Dynever finished third in the Breeders' Cup Classic behind Pleasantly Perfect and Medaglia d'Oro last October.

Ender's Shadow is almost certain to lead, Sahadi said. She said it is the only running style that the 4-year-old will accept.

"Just give him his head," Sahadi said. "If you want to alter his style, he gets mad. He's got a lot of pent-up hostility.

"He's better since he was castrated, but he's not the most pleasant horse to be around."

Ender's Shadow has won four of 11 starts. He was a longshot in the Tokyo City largely off his last-place finish among 10 runners in the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes on Jan. 10. He was in traffic early and never recovered.

"He got clobbered out of the gate and lost his wind," Sahadi said. "He was grumpy."

The San Bernardino is one of two stakes on the undercard of Saturday's 11-race Santa Anita Derby program.

The day's third race is the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap, run over 1 1/8 miles on turf for older horses. Ballingarry, the winner of the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine in 2002 and the Stars and Stripes Handicap at Arlington Park last summer, is the 118-pound topweight in a field of eight.

Trained by Laura de Seroux, Ballingarry is making his first start since August. He is a candidate for the San Juan Capistrano at about 1 3/4 miles on turf on April 18.

Other entrants in the Arcadia are Diplomatic Bag, Gigli, Researched, Seinne, Soud, Statement, and Toccet.

'Fortune' on track for Fantasy

House of Fortune, who won the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields by an astonishing 17 lengths on March 6, was pronounced on schedule for the $200,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 9 after working six furlongs in 1:09.80 on Wednesday.

It was the fastest of 17 recorded works at the distance.

Trained by Ron McAnally for Arnold Zetcher, House of Fortune is a candidate for the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30. McAnally had hoped to start House of Fortune in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, but altered plans after the filly was pulled up to avoid a loose horse in a workout last week.

"I'm glad we had that option to go to the Fantasy," he said.

While House of Fortune's only stakes win this year occurred at Golden Gate Fields, McAnally feels she is Kentucky Oaks material.

"I think she can hold her own," he said.