Updated on 09/16/2011 7:20AM

Kudos out for year with ankle chip

Email

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Kudos, winner of the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap on April 6, has been sidelined with a bone chip in the left ankle, trainer Richard Mandella said.

Mandella said surgery is scheduled for Thursday and that Kudos will be out at least until the fall. He was expected to play a role in the handicap division and possibly race in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Arlington Park in October.

"There's no chance we can make the Breeders' Cup," Mandella said. "He might make it back by fall to start training. We'll point for next year."

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Kudos won his first Grade 1 stakes in the Oaklawn Handicap. A 5-year-old gelding, Kudos has won 6 of 19 starts and $708,935.

Prior to the Oaklawn Handicap, Kudos won the restricted San Marino Handicap at Santa Anita and finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.

With Kudos absent from California's older-horse division, the outcome of Sunday's $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap takes on added importance. The Mervyn Leroy is a prep to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14.

Run over 1 1/16 miles, the Mervyn LeRoy is expected to include Agol Lack, Bay Head King, Bosque Redondo, Freedom Crest, Last Parade, Reba's Gold, and Sky Jack.

Bosque Redondo, the winner of the Grade 2 San Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita on April 6, will be favored. Trained by Paco Gonzalez, Bosque Redondo shares high weight of 117 pounds with Sky Jack, who is unraced since finishing last of 14 in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.

Nakatani still recovering

Jockey Corey Nakatani, who sustained a concussion in a spill on May 2 that prevented him from riding in the Kentucky Derby, underwent tests on Tuesday and is questionable to ride this weekend, according to his agent, Bob Meldahl.

"He is still getting headaches and dizziness," Meldahl said. "It's possible he could ride this weekend, if everything goes right. Sometimes these things linger, and sometimes they heal fast."

Nakatani was unseated when his mount, Whirlwind Trip, clipped heels with Star Nine, the eventual first-place finisher. Nakatani was diagnosed with a slight concussion and advised by doctors not to fly to Louisville for the Derby, and to take a few days off.

In the Kentucky Derby, Nakatani was booked to ride Blue Burner, who finished 11th at 24-1 under Pat Day.

Jockey Tyler Baze, who rode Star Nine, has appealed a five-day suspension for the interference. The suspension was supposed to begin on Friday, but Baze is booked to ride the program.

Hollywood Honey to sidelines

Hollywood Honey, scratched from the Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs last weekend, will not run in the Saturday's Nursery Stakes at Hollywood Park and is being given a rest because of a sore shin, trainer Wesley Ward said.

"I'll probably look for a race in six or seven weeks," Ward said. "She came out of a workout with a little bit of a shin. I didn't want to run her with that track so hard and fast."

Hollywood Honey won her only start, a two-furlong maiden race against California-bred males at Santa Anita on March 21.

Without Hollywood Honey, Global Finance is the likely favorite in the Nursery. She won a maiden race for California-breds on April 24 and is best known for being the subject of $118,000 in last-minute win bets that saw her odds plummet from 9-2 to 2-5 while the race was being run.

Global Finance will be ridden by David Flores, who replaces a traveling Kent Desormeaux.

Run over five furlongs, the Nursery is expected to draw Enduring Freedom, Flying Capote, Forthelifeofme, Magic Smoke, and Singing Swiss.

Solis takes a couple of days

Jockey Alex Solis took off his mounts on Wednesday and Thursday due to a sore neck that was the result of a spill at Churchill Downs last weekend.

Solis was unseated when Kings Command broke down on the backstretch of the Churchill Downs Handicap on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Solis rode the remainder of his mounts on Saturday. He later won the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic aboard Beat Hollow and finished 17th aboard Ocean Sound in the Kentucky Derby.

On Tuesday, Solis underwent X-rays, which were negative, according to his agent, Scotty McClellan.

"The doctor said, 'I'd recommend taking a couple of days off,' " McClellan said. "He could ride right now. They want him to do massage to get rid of some inflammation. There is some swelling."

McClellan said Solis will not ride Friday night at Hollywood Park but will return at Lone Star Park on Saturday aboard Tracemark in the Lone Star Derby.