05/29/2007 11:00PM

Kip Deville may run on 4 days' rest


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Kip Deville, who finished sixth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile on the turf Monday, was supplemented to Saturday's $250,000 Californian Stakes on Wednesday and is "50-50" to run, according to assistant trainer Chip Dutrow. The Grade 2 Californian will be run at 1 1/8 miles over the Cushion Track.

Kip Deville finished two lengths behind race winner The Tin Man in the Shoemaker. He chased a slow pace under jockey Richard Migliore and failed to quicken in the stretch.

"Nobody was upset, but everyone was disappointed, including Mig," said Dutrow, who assists his brother Rick. "The race didn't take anything out of him. He took a swallow of water after the race and wasn't blowing at all."

The Californian drew 12 entrants, including Buzzards Bay, winner of the 2006 Oaklawn Handicap; millionaires Perfect Drift and Wilko; and Boboman, who was third in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year.

The Californian is a prep to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on June 30.

Chip Dutrow said a decision on whether Kip Deville will start will be made closer to race time. The supplement cost $5,000. David Flores has been booked to ride Kip Deville because regular rider Migliore had already committed to riding A.P. Xcellent.

Kip Deville has been a top turf miler this year, winning the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March and the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April.

A winner of 8 of 17 starts and $803,642, Kip Deville, 4, has raced exclusively on turf in the last 14 months. At 2 and 3 years old, racing in the Midwest and South, Kip Deville won twice on dirt, including the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. At the time, he was better known as an accomplished Oklahoma-bred and not the Grade 1 winner he became earlier this year.

If Kip Deville starts in the Californian, it will be the quickest turnaround in the colt's 19-race career.

Twice, Kip Deville has returned after a two-week layoff, and he lost both races. He finished fifth in the Centennial Stakes at Remington Park on Nov. 28, 2005, two weeks after winning his maiden in his career debut. He finished ninth at 87-1 in the Grade 3 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 18, 2006, two weeks after winning the Texas Heritage Stakes.

Kip Deville has trained on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track since he arrived in California last fall, but has not raced on that surface.

"If they decide to [run], that's fine," Dutrow said. "He gets a check mark from me. Kip loves the surface at Hollywood. He skips across it."

Tendon injury sidelines Liquidity

Liquidity, who finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby, has been found to have a tendon injury and will be sidelined for at least six months, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

O'Neill said Liquidity will undergo stem-cell treatment in an effort to "regenerate fiber" in the tendon.

Stem-cell procedures are becoming common in horse racing as a way to aid recovery from tendon and knee injuries. In the procedure, fat cells are harvested from the hind end of the injured horse and developed into stem cells through a laboratory procedure. The stem cells, which occur naturally in horses, are used to regenerate healthy tissue.

Greg's Gold, winner of the 2005 Bing Crosby Handicap, underwent such a procedure in late 2005 and returned to win the Tiznow Stakes this spring.

Owned by Paul Reddam, Liquidity has 1 victory in 8 starts and earnings of $197,200. He was second in the Hollywood Futurity last December and second in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in February.

Reddam's Great Hunter underwent successful surgery Sunday to have a bone chip removed from an ankle, O'Neill said. The injury was detected last week when Great Hunter was being considered for a start in the June 9 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park.

Great Hunter will need 90 days rest before resuming light training, O'Neill said.

"It was pretty minor, but we felt we it was enough to take it out," O'Neill said of Great Hunter's ankle injury. "It's been a pretty rough week."

Stakes await Hewitts, 'Seventeen'

Black Seventeen and Hewitts, winners of allowance races for sprinters Monday, are bound for stakes but are unlikely to cross paths in the near future.

Black Seventeen won his second consecutive allowance race in Monday's third race and will make his next start in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds over six furlongs at Calder on July 7.

"That's pretty much a definite," trainer Brian Koriner said.

Hewitts won his first start against winners in the fifth race over seven furlongs. Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said Hewitts, 3, will be pointed for the $250,000 Iowa Derby over 1 1/16 miles at Prairie Meadows on June 29 or the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on July 4 at Belmont.

"He wants to go longer," Hess said.

Hess said Hewitts will skip the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 17 to avoid the promising allowance race winner Albertus Maximus, who is trained by Gary Mandella.

"I think Albertus Maximus is a monster," Hess said. "I think he's one of the best 3-year-olds in the country."

Balance topweight in Milady

Balance, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita in March, will carry top weight of 123 pounds in Sunday's $175,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Trained by David Hofmans for John and Jerry Amerman, Balance, 4, will be after her third stakes win of the year in the Grade 2 Milady, which is run over 1 1/16 miles. She won the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita in February. Her two stakes wins this year have pushed her to the fore of the California older female division.

Balance will not have many opponents. The other probable starters are Hystericalady (121 pounds), Cantabria (115), and Ballado's Thunder (114).