04/07/2006 12:00AM

Jealous Profit to Ark. Derby

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Jealous Profit, who placed in graded stakes in 2005 before winning a maiden race last month, is bound for the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park next Saturday, trainer Doug O'Neill said Friday.

Jealous Profit ended a three-month layoff with a victory in a maiden race at 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on March 18. Owned by Paul Reddam, Jealous Profit made six starts at 2, finishing third in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes before finishing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park in October.

After losing a maiden race by a nose in November and finishing sixth in the Hollywood Futurity in December, Jealous Profit was turned out for a month at Magali Farms in California before returning to O'Neill's stable.

"He's doing awesome. I know he had a few ugly-looking races, but I love the way he broke his maiden," O'Neill said. "Hopefully, he's back to where we thought we were a month before the Breeders' Cup."

O'Neill said that Aaron Gryder will ride Jealous Profit in the Arkansas Derby, which is run at 1 1/8 miles.

Will Lava Man make Pimlico trip?

Lava Man, the winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic and Santa Anita Handicap this year, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 at Hollywood Park on Friday.

Lava Man is "60-40" to run in the $500,000 Pimlico Special in Baltimore on May 20, O'Neill said. Another option is the Khaled Stakes on turf against California-breds at Hollywood Park on April 30.

"It's definitely a team decision," said O'Neill, who will consult with co-owners Steve Kenly and Jason Wood. "If the [Pimlico Special] comes up difficult, then shipping there doesn't make sense. It's a matter of us doing our homework."

Lava Man won the Californian Stakes and Hollywood Gold Cup last year, race titles he is scheduled to defend this summer.

Andujar, the winner of the Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap last spring, has resumed training at Hollywood Park, O'Neill said. She was turned out after suffering a tendon injury last summer.

"She looks awesome," O'Neill said. "She came in looking like a photo. She's jogging a mile and galloping a mile and a quarter a day."

Surf Cat going sprint to route

Surf Cat, unbeaten in two sprint stakes this year, will spend the rest of the year in routes, with three graded stakes at Hollywood Park as his spring and summer goals, trainer Bruce Headley said.

Surf Cat won the San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs in February and the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs last Sunday.

Headley plans to try the 4-year-old colt in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on May 13, a prep to the $250,000 Californian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on June 17 and the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles on July 8.

The two sprint stakes wins have been a consolation of sorts for Surf Cat. Last fall, Headley intended on running Surf Cat in the Strub series in the first six weeks of this meeting, but Surf Cat suffered a severely grabbed quarter in a stall and Headley was forced to change plans.

"I had to change to seven furlongs and 6 1/2 furlongs because I didn't have time to get him ready for the other races," Headley said. "He's a rare one."

Headley said he has no intention of shipping Surf Cat out of state, even though the colt's late kick appears ideal for a race such as the Metropolitan Mile Handicap at Belmont Park in May.

"I'm sticking to this state," he said. "There is enough money here."

Surf Cat resumed racetrack training on Thursday. He was full of energy, Headley said.

Giacomo's owners receive honor

The California Thoroughbred Trainers Association is honoring owners Jerry and Ann Moss at its annual dinner benefiting the Edwin Gregson Foundation on April 24.

The dinner will be held at the Twin Palms restaurant in Pasadena at 7:30 p.m.

The Mosses are coming off a memorable year as horse owners, winning the 2005 Kentucky Derby with Giacomo.

The Gregson Foundation provides college scholarships for the children of backstretch workers in California. Ticket information is available from the CTT office at (626) 447-2339.

Not-so-super superfecta

Sometimes, the payoffs in short fields can be farcical.

In Thursday's third race, which drew only four runners, the 10-cent superfecta returned a whopping 94 cents. The $1 superfecta paid $9.40. The race had six scratches after it was transferred from the hillside turf course to 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

The race was won by Quietly Go, the 2-5 favorite.

* The $83,000 Santa Lucia Handicap for fillies and mares scheduled for Sunday failed to draw sufficient entries and was dropped.