10/23/2001 11:00PM

Jordi Moi tackling elders for Machowsky


ARCADIA, Calif. - Claiming horses are in the spotlight Friday at Santa Anita. A field of seven race 1 1/4 miles on grass in race 6, a one-other-than allowance/optional $40,000 claimer. Five of the eight starters run for a claiming price, while all six starters in race 7 are offered for $50,000. The 6 1/2-furlong claimer for 3-year-olds drew a field of six.

Trainer Mike Machowsky won five races the first nine days of the Oak Tree meet, but has not won since Oct. 7 when Jordi Moi rolled to an impressive score in a 3-year-olds-only turf claimer. Jordi Moi makes his first start since then in race 6, his first try verses older. The gray Jordi Moi has won three of his last four, and acts like 10 furlongs will be no problem.

Jordi Moi meets a weak field. His foes include lightly-raced 3-year-old Stormin' Heaven, a $1.2 million yearling who scored a 3 1/2-length maiden win Oct. 4. Other starters are Prize Giving and King Clef, comebacker Heyerdahl, Rhapsodist, Parimac, and Without Doubt.

The seventh race on an eight-race card is typically reserved for the "feature," but race 7 on Friday is a simple claiming sprint for 3-year-olds. Machowsky shortens Our Man Red to one corner after a four-length win at a mile, but the gelding my have difficulty running down the speed of the field.

Painted Avenue and American Pastime, one-two finishers in a highly rated sprint Oct. 12, head the field in race 7. Painted Avenue was claimed off the win by Mark Glatt, American Pastime was claimed by John Sadler. The field is completed by Bettor Royalty, Shining Nuggets, and Rabin.

Striking Song out until June

Striking Song, knocked out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile with an ankle injury, will be out until June according to trainer Bob Hess Jr. Striking Song, a $1.4 million yearling by Unbridled's Song, scored an impressive maiden win Oct. 8 at Santa Anita.

Hess also said that Blueprint, who sustained a soft-tissue injury to his right fore, is being shopped for stallion duty.

* White Heart, runner-up in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch on Sept. 30, has been assigned highweight of 122 pounds for the Grade 3 Carelton F. Burke Handicap on Sunday. White Heart, trained by Neil Drysdale, will face a large field in the 1 1/2-mile turf stakes. Highweights for the $150,000 race include: Bobby Frankel-trained Super Quercus (119) and Northern Quest (118); Richard Mandella-trained Cagney and Kudos (116 each); and Kerrygold (116).

* Frankel's second win on Sunday (Revenescent, $41.20) propelled him to the top of the all-time Oak Tree standings. Through Sunday, Frankel has won 226 races at Oak Tree; Ron McAnally entered the week having won 225.