03/03/2006 12:00AM

Jet West will try Dubai sprint

The CHRB will review the events leading up to Intercontinental's victory in the Palomar.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jet West, the winner of the California Cup Sprint last November, will be sent to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters on March 25, trainer Ted H. West said.

Jet West's inclusion in the Golden Shaheen brings to four the number of Southern California-based sprinters being sent to Dubai. Jet West will be joined by Proud Tower Too and Thor's Echo, the first two finishers from the Sensational Star Handicap on Feb. 19, and Captain Squire, the winner of the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap here last October. Proud Tower Too won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in December.

The Golden Shaheen is part of the undercard on the Dubai World Cup program. The main event has three probable starters from the United States - Brass Hat, Magna Graduate, and Super Frolic.

Since the California Cup, Jet West is winless in four starts. A 5-year-old horse, he was third by a head in the Grade 3 El Conejo Handicap on Jan. 2, second by a neck in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap on Jan. 21, and fourth in the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap on Feb. 18.

The San Carlos was at seven furlongs, a distance that West says is too far for Jet West. The Golden Shaheen is run at six furlongs.

"For $2 million, there is no opportunity close to it in the world," West said of the Dubai race. "We were a little disappointed last time, but we learned he's not a seven-furlong horse. He's been doing great since then."

The Golden Shaheen is run over a straightaway six furlongs, which West is hoping will help Jet West's stalking style.

"In the El Conejo and Palos Verdes, we lost more ground around the turn than in defeat," he said.

West said Garrett Gomez will ride Jet West for the first time. Jet West, a winner of 7 of 15 starts and $326,701, was claimed by Bruce Hochman for $62,500 at Del Mar last August.

Trainer Bobby Frankel said that Palos Verdes winner Major Success will not be sent to Dubai and is likely to make his next start in Kentucky. The $300,000 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Stakes at seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 15 is the next major sprint in Kentucky.

Frankel said it is unclear whether Badge of Silver, who won the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap on Jan. 1, will make the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on March 25. Badge of Silver has been battling a minor foot injury in recent days, Frankel said.

El Roblar takes aim at Tokyo City Cup

El Roblar will be pointed for the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup on April 1 after winning his 2006 debut in Thursday's seventh race, trainer Richard Mandella said.

The winner of a division of the Oceanside Stakes at a mile on turf at Del Mar last July, El Roblar rallied from fourth in a field of six to win Thursday's optional claiming race by a half-length over High Volt Jolt. Ridden by Alex Solis, El Roblar ran a mile in 1:36.39.

Owned by Jess Jackson, El Roblar has won 4 of 6 starts and $162,840. His two losses were a third in the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap and a ninth in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, his final start of 2005. Both races were run on turf, but El Roblar will be kept to the main track for the foreseeable future, Mandella said.

The Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup is run at 1 1/8 miles. The race was known as the San Bernardino Handicap in past years.

CHRB to review Intercontinental's late shot

The California Horse Racing Board has announced it will conduct a review of the circumstances that led to the mare Intercontinental being administered the bleeder medication furosemide at an improper time before the Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar last September.

Furosemide, also known as Lasix, must be administered four hours in advance of a start. The shot was administered approximately three hours before the race.

Intercontinental won the race. In October, veterinarian Amy Lee Nevens was fined $750 for falsifying a veterinary report that stated when Intercontinental was treated with furosemide, according to CHRB officials.

CHRB chairman Richard Shapiro ordered the review this week. It will be conducted by Santa Anita steward Scott Chaney, an attorney and a former assistant trainer to Darrell Vienna.

Chaney was not a steward at Del Mar last summer when the incident occurred, or during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in October when Nevens's penalty was levied.

Chaney is scheduled to present his report at the CHRB's medication committee meeting on March 22. The full board will hear his findings on March 23, and could take further action, Shapiro said in a statement released by the board.

Chaney "will act independently and without direction from the CHRB staff or commissioners," Shapiro said in a statement. "He will have full access to any and all personnel."

Intercontinental later won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf and was named champion turf female of 2005.

Funeral on Wednesday for Elsa Grether, 77

A funeral is scheduled Wednesday for Elsa Grether, the wife of owner Tom Grether.

Elsa Grether died Tuesday at the age of 77. Her family campaigned such stakes winners as Crafty C.T. and Madame Pietra.

"She was a big part of the family's racing," trainer Howard Zucker said.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 1325 Monterrey Road in South Pasadena, Calif. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Huntington Memorial Hospital.

Aside from her husband, Elsa Grether is survived by four children.

* Marie Moretti has been reappointed to the California Horse Racing Board for a third term, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced earlier this week. Moretti, 54, was appointed to the CHRB in October 1999 and reappointed in 2002. She was elected vice chairwoman last December.