12/09/2008 12:00AM

Laragh inspires family outing

Email
Photos By Z/Keeneland
Laragh, who won the Jessamine at Keeneland (above) before finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, worked at Belmont on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Such is the life of a trainer on the East Coast this time of year that if he wants to run a horse in California, a friends and family plan works quite well. John Terranova on Tuesday already was in Florida, setting up shop at the Palm Meadows training center, where he will spend the winter. His wife, Tonja, stayed back in New York, where on Tuesday morning she oversaw the final breeze of the 2-year-old filly Laragh in preparation for the Grade 1, $250,000 Hollywood Starlet on Saturday at Hollywood Park.

The Terranovas will reunite on Friday at Hollywood Park, and make a weekend visit out of it by staying with Tonja's father, who lives in nearby Huntington Beach.

It is Laragh who was the catalyst for the trip. She finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her last start.

"We were almost forcing ourselves to take it easy with her after the Breeders' Cup," John Terranova, who trains Laragh for IEAH Stables, said Tuesday morning. "We were looking to freshen her, not for any reason other than we thought she had done enough. But she acted like the trip out there for the Breeders' Cup, and then back to New York, didn't faze her.

"We started talking about the Starlet more seriously. And she's continued to do everything right. She hasn't told us no."

Laragh worked a half-mile in 48.24 seconds on Tuesday morning on the training track at Belmont Park. She was scheduled to fly to California on Wednesday.

"Tonja said she just stretched her legs," Terranova said. "It was just an easy half-mile."

The Starlet, at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track, is also expected to include Alpha Kitten, Dave's Revenge, Pamona Ball, Toro Bonito, and Wynning Ride.

Dave's Revenge worked a half-mile at Hollywood Park on Monday in 48.80 seconds for trainer Bob Hess Jr. Pamona Ball, trained by Eoin Harty, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Santa Anita on Monday.

Stardom Bound marking time

Stardom Bound, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the overwhelming favorite to be named champion 2-year-old filly, had her first work since the Breeders' Cup on Monday at Santa Anita, when she went a half-mile in 48.80 seconds.

Stardom Bound was sold following the Breeders' Cup to IEAH Stables, and is now being trained by Bobby Frankel.

"I'm just piddling around with her," Frankel said Tuesday morning. "I'm not trying to make anything now. The main objective is the Santa Anita Oaks."

Mast Track heading home

It was a long way for nothing for Mast Track, who was scratched from the Japan Cup Dirt over the weekend because of quarter cracks on both front feet, Frankel said.

"I just hope the trip didn't knock him out," Frankel said. "It was 12 hours over there, then quarantine, then 9 1/2 hours on a van to Hanshin. Now he's got to do the same thing in reverse to come home. Four days traveling. No wonder you can't win over there."

Frankel is hoping for better luck in the Hong Kong International Races this weekend with Out of Control. Frankel did not travel to Japan, nor will he be in Hong Kong. Jose Cuevas will represent Frankel there.

Julio Garcia, world traveler

Where in the world is Matt Lauer? A better question might be, where in the world is Julio Garcia? The globetrotting jockey is liable to pop up anywhere. On Thursday, he will be at Hollywood Park, where he will ride in the eighth race for trainer Ron McAnally on L.A. Boy.

Garcia came west "because it got cold in Kentucky," according to Ivan Puhich, the agent who will represent Garcia here. "He's not 22 anymore."

Back to Cal-breds for Dancing in Silks

Dancing in Silks, a sharp second to Into Mischief in the Damascus Stakes at Santa Anita on the Breeders' Cup undercard Oct. 25, should be a heavy favorite on Sunday in the $75,000 On Trust Handicap, which is restricted to California-breds.

The On Trust is at 7 1/2 furlongs, 110 yards farther than the Damascus. The Damascus has proven to be a key race. Gayego came out of it to win an allowance race, and Into Mischief is heading into the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes, on Santa Anita's opening day, Dec. 26, as one of the favorites.

The On Trust is also expected to include Partywithlarryz and Unusual Suspect. Partywithlarryz worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Monday at Hollywood Park for trainer John Sadler, while Unusual Suspect drilled three furlongs in 36.20 seconds on Monday for trainer Barry Abrams.

All downhill for Flashman's Papers

A win in an allowance turf sprint last week for the 2-year-old Flashman's Papers has trainer Doug O'Neill believing the downhill turf course at Santa Anita might be the most suitable spot for his main winter objectives. Flashman's Papers had disappointed in his first two starts in this country going long on Polytrack at Keeneland, then switched to O'Neill and was moved to a turf sprint.

"He had been training well, but he was off form, so we weren't sure what to expect," O'Neill said. "He might have distance limitations, so we might try something down the hill at Santa Anita."

* Georgie Boy, preparing for the Malibu, turned in a sharp workout on Tuesday at Hollywood Park for trainer Kathy Walsh. He zipped six furlongs in 1:11.20, the best time of seven at the distance, and went along so effortlessly that clockers designated the move "breezing." He was the only horse of the 56 who worked at Hollywood on Tuesday to have his drill termed "breezing."

* Desert Code, who won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Monday at Santa Anita for trainer David Hofmans.

* Johnny Eves, who won the Underwood Stakes in his last start, stayed sharp with a half-mile work in 47.80 seconds on Monday at Santa Anita for trainer Jay Robbins.