03/16/2009 11:00PM

Jibboom's racing days are over


ARCADIA, Calif. - Jibboom injured a suspensory winning the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap on the main track Feb. 16, and has been retired from racing, trainer Bobby Frankel said. Although the injury is not always career-ending, it requires a lengthy recovery period.

"She's a 5-year-old, and it would take eight or nine months," Frankel said.

Owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms plans to breed her this spring to Empire Maker. Jibboom won 5 of 11, including graded stakes on three surfaces - the off-turf Buena Vista on Pro-Ride, Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap on Santa Anita's turf, and Grade 2 Raven Run on Polytrack at Keeneland. Jibboom finished second to Ventura in the Santa Monica.

Frankel's winter stable has been hit with several suspensory injuries.

"Jibboom was my fifth," Frankel said.

Degree of Power, a promising Storm Cat maiden, and Trimaran, a turf allowance runner, also are out with suspensory injuries.

Papa Clem may try Arkansas Derby

Trainer Gary Stute said he believes Papa Clem can find his way to Churchill Downs, but the trail he takes may already have altered course. California-based Papa Clem finished second in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby last Saturday at Fair Grounds, after which Stute said the Illinois Derby on April 4 at Hawthorne was next.

Those plans may change. Stute said Tuesday that travel complications from Louisiana to Illinois may dictate that Papa Clem run a week later at Oaklawn Park in the Arkansas Derby on April 11.

"I like the timing better for the Illinois Derby, but the travel might force us to Arkansas," he said.

Papa Clem will stay and train at Fair Grounds. And the day after his runner-up finish, Stute liked what he saw.

"He actually seemed better than before the race," Stute said. "He was lunging at me the day after; he didn't do that before."

If Papa Clem runs in the Arkansas Derby, Stute said Rafael Bejarano would ride him back. The Illinois Derby and Santa Anita Derby both are run on April 4.

Colonel John set to resume training

It was a lost winter for Colonel John, but the first day of spring is Friday, and trainer Eoin Harty said the Grade 1 winner will resume training by the end of this week. Colonel John scratched from the Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 with a fever, and later was found to have an upper respiratory infection.

Harty said antibiotics knocked out the problem. Winner of the Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes last year, Colonel John has not raced since Dec. 26.

"It's just been one thing after another," Harty said. "He was meant to run in the Strub, but pulled a muscle. He was the morning-line favorite for the Big Cap and he got sick."

The good news is Colonel John will be a fresh horse when he returns later this spring.

Meanwhile, the wait will be shorter for Harty-trained 3-year-old Reynaldothewizard. A daylight debut winner last July at Churchill Downs, he finished an unlucky third in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special, then chipped an ankle finishing 10th in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland. Reynaldothewizard worked five furlongs Tuesday at Santa Anita in 1:00.80, and returns March 28 in the $70,000 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs.

St Trinians will get stakes shot

Trainer Mike Mitchell is taking none of the credit for St Trinians, the English import who scored a four-length win in her U.S. debut Saturday. Mitchell said he preferred to give all the credit to bloodstock agent Jamie Lloyd.

"He picked this horse out, and everything he told me about her was true," Mitchell said.

St Trinians does not have attractive conformation, and arrived with a reputation as being difficult to train. But she was relatively inexpensive (less than $100,000) and eligible to the first allowance condition despite a 3-for-7 record. The races she won at Wolverhampton in England were for purses less than $10,000.

St Trinians won going away last Saturday, earning a 90 Beyer in her first start for owners Daniel Capen and Laura Chavers. Her next race will be April 11 in the $70,000 Santa Lucia Handicap.

"It's not graded, so I think she'll fit nicely in there," Mitchell said.

Mitchell will try to hold onto a slim 26-25 lead over John Sadler in the trainer standings this weekend when You Got Me Rocking tries to last 1 1/2 miles on turf in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap. He might be the best bet on the Saturday card.

"I look at this horse as a Star Over the Bay-type horse," Mitchell said, referring to the multiple graded stakes-winning turf runner who won the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch at Santa Anita, two Grade 2's, and the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf, also at Santa Anita.

You Got Me Rocking, owned by Burt Bacharach and his wife Jane, returned from a four-month freshening with a sharp wire-to-wire victory in a second-level allowance on Feb.o26. It's a big step in class to Grade 2, but Mitchell is the same guy that has won graded turf stakes with former claimers On the Acorn, Leprechaun Kid, and Kessem Power.

Expected runners include Church Service, Medici Code, Bonjour, You Got Me Rocking, and, possibly, Midships.

Visit heads Santa Ana probables

A relatively small field of fillies and mares is expected Sunday for the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Visit, the highweight at 118 pounds, will try to rebound from a poor sixth-place finish in her comeback on the main track.

"I hope it's just a throw-out race," trainer Bobby Frankel said. "She was down on the inside, she wanted to run, there was no place to run and she spit it out."

Visit is back on grass Sunday. Based on her close fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, and close third in the Grade 1 Matriarch, Visit is a justifiable favorite and class of the field. Her expected rivals are Belmont Cat, In My Glory, Satan's Circus, and Sharp Susan. Dawn After Dawn was supplemented for $3,000 on March 15, two days after she won a stakes for California-breds.