06/10/2008 11:00PM

Injury sidelines On the Acorn


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - On the Acorn, winner of the Grade 2 Jim Murray Handicap last month, has been taken out of training after swelling developed in one his ankles earlier this week, trainer Mike Mitchell said.

The injury is not considered serious, but will prevent On the Acorn from starting in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on June 28, Mitchell said.

"He had a little filling that showed up in his leg," Mitchell said. "We're looking at it right now. We might have to give him some time."

Owned by the Indizguys Stable, On the Acorn has won three major turf stakes in the last 14 months, including the San Juan Capistrano and Jim Murray handicaps in 2007. He was taken out of training last summer because of soreness, but returned to racing earlier this year and won his first race of 2008 in the Murray on May 10.

Mitchell expects On the Acorn, 7, to make yet another comeback. Claimed for $40,000 by his current connections in November 2006, On the Acorn has since won 5 of 9 starts and $581,400. He has won 8 of 32 starts and $743,812 in his career.

"He'll come back and run again," Mitchell said. "He likes the long distance races."

Big Booster may go in Gold Cup

Mitchell said he may run Big Booster in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

Big Booster won the Gallant Man Handicap over 1 5/8 miles on June 1 and was third in the 2007 Gold Cup. Big Booster, 7, won the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano over about 1 3/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita on April 20.

In the 2007 Gold Cup, Big Booster was beaten three-quarters of a length by Lava Man.

"I think he's a better horse now," Mitchell said. "He's learned to win."

The Gold Cup field is expected to include Heatseeker, Lava Man, McCann's Mojave, Perfect Drift, Student Council, Surf Cat, and Tiago.

Midnight Lute resumes training

Midnight Lute, winner of the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding sprinter of 2007, has resumed training at Santa Anita, trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday.

Baffert said Midnight Lute was taken out of training earlier this year because of soreness.

"I've started back on him," Baffert said. "I had to stop on him. He was a little jarred up."

Baffert said it was unclear when Midnight Lute will start, but that the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 25 is a long-term goal.

Baffert will have a stable in New York this summer, and Midnight Lute could be part of that team. Midnight Lute has not started since finishing second in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct last November. Midnight Lute won the BC Sprint at Monmouth Park last October.

Baffert said some horses will be sent to New York if they do not run well on California's synthetic tracks.

"I'll be shipping horses back and forth," he said. "Whatever doesn't like it here, we'll take there."

Idiot Proof works 'too slow'

Idiot Proof, runner-up in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Sprint and the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai earlier this year, worked three furlongs at Hollywood Park on Wednesday but was not given an official time.

Trainer Clifford Sise described the work as "too slow." The workout was Idiot Proof's first since the 4-year-old was given a break following his trip to Dubai.

Owned by breeders Marty and Pam Wygod, Idiot Proof is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Sise said a stakes at Monmouth or the $85,000 Green Flash Handicap over five furlongs on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 13 are being considered for his next start.

Monzante eyes Eddie Read Handicap

Monzante, second in the Whittingham, will be pointed for the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 20 and will pass the $250,000 American Handicap here June 28, said Mitchell, his trainer.

He said that Monzante needs time between races to maintain weight.

"I can't run him too much," he said. "I thought he ran a huge race" in the Whittingham.

The Whittingham was an improved effort from Monzante, who finished sixth as the 13-10 favorite in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap on May 10.

"When he ran in the Mervyn LeRoy, he had me scratching my head," Mitchell said. "I know he doesn't like dirt in his face."

Unusual Jane back from long layoff

Unusual Jane was claimed for $50,000 by trainer Mike Puype on June 21, 2007. Friday, nearly a year later, he will learn whether it was a worthwhile claim.

Unusual Jane, 4, runs in a $51,000 allowance race over 6 1/2 furlongs for statebred fillies and mares. She will be seeking her third consecutive win as part of a field of seven that includes Too Phar, who was beaten a neck in a similar race May 23, and the recent maiden special weight winner Small But Mighty.

Puype said Unusual Jane was given a break because she had "a lot of problems."

Puype is banking on Unusual Jane's continued success on synthetic surfaces. Since being tried on synthetic tracks for the first time in April 2007, Unusual Jane has not been worse than third in five starts. She won her last two starts for trainer Barry Abrams - a $32,000 claiming race for maidens on June 10, 2007, and a $50,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies on June 21.

"I hope she'll run well," Puype said. "It's a long layoff. Her form is tremendous since Barry put her on the synthetic track. She's run good races every time."

Stewards fine Headley $1,000

Trainer Bruce Headley has been fined $1,000 by Hollywood Park stewards for failing to designate that Ace High Hand had been gelded before starting in the ninth race at Hollywood Park on May 17.

Trainers are required to state on entry forms that horses have been gelded since their most recent start. Directed by the California Horse Racing Board, track stewards have cited several trainers for such infractions in recent months.