08/08/2005 11:00PM

Kicked by horse, Frazier gets back up

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Jerry Hollendorfer has nominated Yougottawanna (above) and Adreamisborn to the Mile.

AUBURN, Wash. - Examples of the toughness and resiliency of jockeys abound, but it would be hard to top the display of those qualities that Ricky Frazier put on last week.

It was just a week ago last Sunday that Frazier lost a mouthful of teeth and fractured his cheekbone when he was unseated after the finish of the fourth race and a trailing horse struck him in the face. By last Wednesday, however, he was at the track galloping horses, and was riding again by Saturday. On Sunday he was back in the winner's circle, having booted Alexandersrun home in the $60,625 Seattle Slew Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

Frazier thanked owner Thomas Bell and trainer Tim McCanna for keeping the mount on Alexandersrun open for him despite uncertainty as to whether he would be able to ride.

"I would have hated to have them get stuck without a rider," he said.

Frazier rode Alexandersrun flawlessly, saving ground while stalking the pace of Be a Halo through six furlongs in 1:10.20, then slipping through along the rail entering the stretch to open a two-length advantage with a furlong to run before asking his mount to dig deep. Frazier and Alexandersrun staved off the late charge of Confidential Call by a neck in 1:41.60.

It was the first win for Bell, who purchased Alexandersrun last month in a private transaction from owner George Kline. Alexandersrun, a son of Sweetsouthernsaint, had won an allowance race and run second in the 1 1/16-mile Spend a Buck Stakes in his last two starts for trainer John Kimmel at Monmouth Park.

"We bought him specifically for the Seattle Slew, and hopefully for the Emerald Derby, too," said Bell. "Now I guess he'll go in the Emerald Derby for sure, and if he runs well in that one he'll probably run in the B.C. Derby."

Bell is the vice president for corporate development of The Great Canadian Gaming Co., whose CEO is Ross McLeod. When the company purchased Hastings last year, both Bell and McLeod began buying horses.

"We thought it would help us to understand the business if we owned some horses ourselves," said Bell.

While McLeod enjoyed almost immediate success, winning several stakes at Hastings and Emerald Downs, Bell had what is probably a more typical ownership experience.

"I have eight horses on my own now, and six more in partnerships for a total of 14," he said. "And this is my first win. It took a while, but it was very exciting to finally win one. This is an experience to remember."

McCanna reported that he had three weeks to get Alexandersrun ready for the Seattle Slew, and that his task was made easier by the gelding's former trainer.

"John Kimmel sent me a detailed account of everything they had been doing with the horse, from equipment to medications to feed, the whole deal," said McCanna. "I didn't expect that, but I really appreciated it. I've never even met him, but I can tell you he's a class guy."

Del Mar trip yields nominations for Mile Day

Racing secretary Paul Ryneveld traveled to Del Mar early last week to talk to horsemen about the Aug. 21 runnings of the Grade 3 Longacres Mile and the $100,000 Emerald Breeders' Cup Distaff, and brought back some impressive nominations for both races.

Ryneveld said that among those most enthusiastic about participating in this year's Mile was trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who nominated last year's Mile winner, Adreamisborn, and $671,099 earner Yougottawanna. Hollendorfer said he may also have a Distaff starter in Secret Corsage, who won the 1 1/16-mile Alameda County Handicap at Pleasanton in her last start on July 4.

Others showing a strong interest in running a horse in this year's Mile were trainer Doug O'Neill, who nominated Harvard Avenue and Skipaslew; trainer Ted West, who nominated Beau Soleil; and owner Robert Bone, who nominated Desert Boom and Touch the Wire, both trained by Jeff Mullins.

Topping the list of 14 fillies and mares nominated for the one-mile Distaff is Fencelineneighbor, a 5-year-old daughter of Wild Rush from the barn of trainer Mike Machowsky. Fencelineneighbor has won 8 of 31 starts for earnings of almost $600,000, and she has never finished worse than second in five tries at a mile.

Portland Meadows to request 80 racing days

Portland Meadows racing secretary Jerry Kohls reported that the track will submit a request for 80 days of racing in 2005-06 at the Oregon Racing Commission's Aug. 18 meeting. He said the track hopes to race from Oct. 22 through May 7 on a Saturday-Sunday-Monday basis, with first post at 12:35.

Kohls said the track has reached a verbal agreement for a contract with the Oregon division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, and that the contract is expected to be signed before the commission meeting.

First U.S.-Canadian pool up and running

Canadian fans began betting directly into the Emerald Downs pools for the first time last Thursday, when a total of $22,264 was wagered on Emerald's races from British Columbia alone. Previously, Canadian fans were required to make their owns pools when betting on U.S. tracks, and the smaller pools inhibited betting.

Emerald is the first U.S. track to conduct common pool parimutuel wagering with Canada. Wagering with Arlington Park was scheduled to start on Wednesday.