05/25/2010 11:00PM

Kinsale King needs jockey for Royal Ascot


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Kinsale King, winner of the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March, will need a new jockey for his next scheduled start, in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.

Garrett Gomez, who was aboard Kinsale King in Dubai, is likely to have riding obligations at Colonial Downs in Virginia that day, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

As a result, trainer Carl O'Callaghan spent part of Wednesday morning on the phone to jockey agents in England, trying to line up a rider. There is a possibility that former champion jockey Frankie Dettori will ride Kinsale King, although nothing was finalized Wednesday, O'Callaghan said. The trainer also is considering Kieren Fallon, another former champion jockey, as well as the possibility of using a California-based rider.

O'Callaghan said he hoped to have the situation resolved within the next week.

"It's a hard situation," O'Callaghan said. "I'll need to go with my gut feeling. At least going to Dubai, I knew Dubai. The race was around a turn and it was on synthetic. This is like going to a different planet, a straight line on turf."

The Golden Jubilee is run over a straightaway six furlongs on grass. Owned by Patrick Sheehy, Kinsale King is scheduled to leave California on June 2, spend a week training in New York, and then ship to England on June 8.

Gotta Have Her targets elusive Grade 1 win

The consistency that Gotta Have Her showed in 2009 by finishing in the first three in all nine of her starts, led to four stakes wins and a game second against males in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita last November.

About the only thing the 6-year-old mare has not accomplished is winning a Grade 1 race, having finished fifth in the Del Mar Oaks in 2007 and second last summer in the John Mabee Stakes. Her third appearance at that level in Saturday's $250,000 Gamely Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Hollywood Park will truly be a Grade 1 race.

Gotta Have Her must beat Forever Together, the champion turf female of 2008, and Tuscan Evening, the leading turf female in California this year with four consecutive stakes wins.

"It's a salty race," trainer Jenine Sahadi said.

Gotta Have Her does fit with those contenders. Owned by Green Lantern Stable, Gotta Have Her has won 8 of 25 starts and $882,608. A win Saturday would make her a millionaire.

Plus, Gotta Have Her might be overlooked in the betting. In her only start this year, Gotta Have Her was a troubled third in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap at Santa Anita on April 11 under jockey Tyler Baze, stumbling at the break and finishing two lengths behind race winner Unzip Me.

The loss left Sahadi disappointed at the time, but philosophical on Wednesday when she thought back to the race.

"She stumbled so badly coming out of the gate," Sahadi said. "Tyler didn't beat her up and that was the plan. The game plan was to get a race into her and do the best you can."

Gotta Have Her has won stakes at distances ranging from about 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles and has been competitive over 1 1/8 miles.

"She's so versatile, to have a horse that can go 6 1/2 [furlongs] and a mile and an eighth is rare," Sahadi said.

One key to Saturday's race is to keep Gotta Have Her within striking range of the front, a job for a confident Baze. When asked in the stable area on Wednesday what to expect from Gotta Have Her on Saturday, Baze did not hesitate to answer. "I think she'll move up 10 lengths," he said.

That would solve the Grade 1 problem very quickly.

Lookin At Lucky resumes training

Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky returned to racetrack training at Santa Anita earlier this week. On Wednesday, Lookin At Lucky galloped for the second consecutive day.

"He looked good and his weight looks good," trainer Bob Baffert said.

The champion 2-year-old male of 2009, Lookin At Lucky is not likely to race in coming weeks. Baffert said races such as the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on July 31 or the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 1 are possibilities. Both races are run over 1 1/8 miles.

Baffert said he has not made any definite plans.

"That's too far out," he said.

Zenyatta jogs on training track

Zenyatta, the undefeated two-time champion, was given a slow jog on Hollywood Park's backstretch training track Wednesday, her first exercise since a six-furlong workout in 1:13 on Monday.

Zenyatta jogged slowly in a clockwise direction under exercise rider Steve Willard. Trainer John Shirreffs was not in attendance. He spent Wednesday at Santa Anita, overseeing the training of the horses he has based there.

Zenyatta, who has won twice this year, is being prepared for the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 13, a race she won in 2008 and 2009.

Blind Luck works toward Hollywood Oaks

Blind Luck, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, worked six furlongs in 1:14.20 on Wednesday and is on schedule for a start in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on June 6.

According to Dan Ward, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's assistant, Blind Luck worked in 1:14. She worked the first three furlongs in 38.40 seconds and finished the final three furlongs in 35.60.

Blind Luck won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes earlier this year.