01/05/2005 12:00AM

Jory to train in Saudi Arabia

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Total Impact, winning the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup in July, will begin the final campaign of his career in Saturday's San Pasqual Handicap.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Ian Jory, who trained Best Pal at 2 and 3 and several other stakes winners in the last 15 years, is disbanding his stable to take a position as a private trainer in Saudi Arabia this spring.

Jory will train for Prince Sultan al Kabeer, and will oversee 200 horses in training in Dubai and Saudi Arabia.

Jory, 46, said he would continue to train in California through Jan. 29 before dispersing his 16-horse stable to other trainers. He will travel to Dubai in March to watch racing and will begin training in Saudi Arabia in April.

"I've been talking to them since October or November," Jory said. "I flew over there before Christmas to have a look at it."

The bulk of the operation will be based in Saudi Arabia, with approximately 50 horses in training in Dubai in early 2006, Jory said.

Jory said some of the 16 horses in his current barn will be sent to Marty Jones, Paddy Gallagher, and John Sadler. Jory said plans have not been finalized for Continental Red, the 2002 California-bred horse of the year and millionaire who has been the top runner in the barn recently. Owned by Wes and Sharon Fitzpatrick, Continental Red is scheduled to start in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 29.

Jory said the small size of his stable, combined with training costs and competition in California, made it difficult to pass the foreign offer.

"It's too tough around here," he said. "I'm not getting any new horses. We're getting by here, but I'm not expanding.

"I think it will be tough racing in California in the next few years. I took the coward's way out. If I didn't do this, I would have considered moving to another state."

A native of England, Jory moved to the United States in 1983 and had his first winner in 1984. He reached national prominence in 1990 when he guided Best Pal to a campaign that included wins in the Del Mar and Hollywood futurities, Norfolk Stakes, and a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Jory trained Best Pal early in his 3-year-old campaign when the gelding finished second in the Santa Anita Derby and Kentucky Derby. Later that summer, owners John and Betty Mabee replaced Jory with Gary Jones.

In recent years, Jory has trained such stakes winners as Explicit, Fabulous Guy, Macward, and Sonja's Faith.

Total Impact returns in San Pasqual

Prince Sultan al Kabeer co-owns Total Impact, who will start in Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita.

The race will mark Total Impact's first race since he finished fourth in the $2.4 million Japan Cup Dirt in Tokyo on Nov. 28, and represents the start of the final campaign of his career. According to trainer Laura de Seroux, Total Impact will race through March before being sent to Chile to launch his stallion career.

A 7-year-old bred in Chile, Total Impact has won 5 of 22 starts and $1,586,778. He is winless in four starts since the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup last July, the most prestigious win of his career.

De Seroux said Total Impact needed little time to rebound from the trip to Japan, which allowed her to plan for a start in the Grade 2 San Pasqual.

"I would have thought he would have needed more time," she said. "He was just jumping out of his skin."

In the Japan Cup Dirt, Total Impact was always close to the front under jockey Mike Smith. Total Impact took the lead with a quarter-mile remaining, but faded late to finish five lengths behind Time Paradox. De Seroux would have preferred that Total Impact had been farther off the pace.

"It was amazing he was fourth," de Seroux said.

For the San Pasqual, Smith has been replaced by Victor Espinoza, who rode Total Impact to a second in the Tokyo City Handicap at Santa Anita last March.

The San Pasqual will not have a large field. The other candidates include Congrats, Excessivepleasure, Formal Attire, and Lundy's Liability.

The San Pasqual is the first of three races that de Seroux has in mind for Total Impact. He is scheduled to return for the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 6, his final start before the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 26.

Four stakes are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, but none will have a large field.

The field for Saturday's $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf is dependent on the weather. The race will draw a strong field if it stays on turf, but rain was expected late Thursday and early Friday.

Sweet Catomine will have few opponents in Sunday's $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old fillies. The $100,000 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs on Sunday will include Bushwacker, who finished second in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes in November but did not finish the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity last month after his saddle slipped.

Board to discuss Valenzuela ruling

The California Horse Racing Board will meet via teleconference on Friday to discuss an administrative law judge's recent opinion on jockey Patrick Valenzuela's appeal of a suspension he received during the summer for failing to take a hair-follicle test.

The decision of the administrative law judge has not been made public. The board can reject, modify, or accept the decision.

Valenzuela is seeking reinstatement and has gone so far as to hire Ron Ebanks as his agent, hoping for a quick return to riding. Valenzuela has not ridden since July 1.

Valenuela was suspended in August for the remainder of 2004 by Del Mar stewards Ingrid Fermin, George Slender, and Tom Ward for failing to take a hair-follicle test at Hollywood Park on July 1. In addition, they recommended that Valenzuela "not be considered for future licensing by the California Horse Racing Board in any capacity."

Fermin has subsequently been named executive director of the CHRB.

Valenzuela, who has a history of substance abuse problems, reapplied for a jockey's license during the final week of the Hollywood Park fall meeting last month, according to his attorney, Neil Papiano.