07/20/2004 11:00PM

Last run for in-foal Pocketfullofpesos?


DEL MAR, Calif. - Trainer Mike Mitchell finished the Hollywood Park meeting last weekend with a stakes win by Star Over the Bay in the $150,000 Sunset Handicap. Friday, Mitchell is hopeful to begin the first weekend of the Del Mar meeting with a victory by Pocketfullofpesos, a 4-year-old filly who is nearing the end of her career.

A stakes winner in 2002, Pocketfullofpesos starts in a $65,000 allowance race for fillies and mares over seven furlongs. The race could produce a few starters for the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap over 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 21.

Pocketfullofpesos was bred to Skimming this year and has been pronounced in foal, Mitchell said. Mitchell said she can race through August before being retired.

Since her return to training in the spring following an eight-month break, Pocketfullofpesos has made three starts, winning an allowance race and finishing seventh in the Valid Expectations Stakes at Lone Star and seventh in the A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood. In the Grade 2 A Gleam on July 10, Pocketfullofpesos was near the pace for the first half-mile, and faded from contention.

"This could be her last start," Mitchell said. "She'll have to perform really well to have another start. If she runs bad, she's retired."

The allowance race is not an easy start for Pocketfullofpesos. The field of eight includes Wild Storm, a stakes winner in Chile last summer; Chapeau, who has won two of three starts here; and Cyber Slew, a top contender trained by Doug O'Neill.

Wild Storm is making her U.S. debut. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Wild Storm has not been worse than second in five starts, all in dirt sprints.

"In the beginning, she was a wild sonofagun, but she's doing real good now," said Humberto Ascanio, Frankel's assistant.

Earlier on the program, Dirty Diana, who won the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes here last summer, makes her 3-year-old debut in a $59,000 allowance race over six furlongs.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Dirty Diana has not started since finishing second as the 1-2 favorite in the Generous Portion Stakes here last September. Baffert said she was sidelined because of sore shins.

Dirty Diana drew the rail in a field of eight. The other top candidates include Tizakitty, who has won her last two starts, and the speedy Goldy Rock, who has not been worse than third in six starts this year.

Light Jig gets green light for Mabee

Light Jig, who won the Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 27, will represent Frankel in Saturday's $400,000 John Mabee for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Frankel also nominated Megahertz, the defending champion, but she is not in serious training. Megahertz, a nine-time stakes winner, finished second in the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood in her last start on May 31.

"We've been giving her a little time," Ascanio said. "She's walking now. She's probably going to start training at this meeting."

The Grade 1 Mabee, formerly known as the Ramona Handicap, had eight probable starters as of Wednesday - Dimitrova, Fun House, Katdogawn, Light Jig, Makeup Artist, Moscow Burning, Musical Chimes, and Notting Hill.

Dimitrova, winless in three starts since the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Handicap last September at Belmont Park, is the 120-pound highweight among the probable starters.

Sunday's program includes two Grade 1 races, and both feature the defending champions.

Beau's Town returns to California from the South in the $250,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap over six furlongs.

The $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf includes 2002 winner Sarafan and last year's winner, Special Ring.

Kudos, The Tin Man on comeback trail

Kudos, whose career has been plagued by injury, and The Tin Man, who has not started since October, are preparing for comebacks at Del Mar this summer.

Wednesday, they worked as a team, finishing six furlongs in 1:15.60. They worked shortly after 8 a.m., a time when the track was very crowded with horses working out plus gallopers and joggers.

During their workout, a siren was triggered when a horse lost its rider. Trainer Richard Mandella thought the incident affected the final quarter-mile of the workout.

"I think they heard [the siren for] the loose horse and were being careful," Mandella said of the exercise riders.

The Tin Man, fourth in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Turf, was sidelined last fall with an ankle injury. The Tin Man, 6, has won 7 of 18 starts and $1,074,460.

Kudos was being prepared for a start in the Pacific Classic at this meeting last year when he suffered a tendon injury. Kudos, 7, has won seven of 24 starts and $1,238,935 for owners Jerry and Ann Moss. His last stakes win came in the 2003 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.

A gelding, Kudos has successfully returned from injury in the past. He was sidelined for most of 2002 after suffering an ankle injury following a win in the Oaklawn Handicap.

Mandella is taking extra precaution with the current comeback because of the tendon injury. "So far, so good," Mandella said.

Haskell a possibility for Rock Hard Ten

Rock Hard Ten, the winner of the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on June 10 and the runner-up in the Preakness Stakes in May, may return in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 8, trainer Jason Orman said.

Rock Hard Ten will have a five-furlong workout on Sunday that will play a pivotal role in the decision, Orman said.

Orman said the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 28 is another goal for Rock Hard Ten this summer. Both races are for 3-year-olds.

San Diego prospects work swiftly

During and Domestic Dispute, stakes winners at Santa Anita earlier this year but unplaced on the Dubai World Cup program on March 27, turned in fast works on Wednesday.

Both are candidates for the $250,000 San Diego Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on Aug. 1.

During, trained by Bob Baffert, worked seven furlongs in 1:25, the fastest of five recorded works at the distance. During won the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes in January and was sixth in the Godolphin Mile.

Domestic Dispute, who won the Strub Stakes in February, worked a half-mile in 46 seconds, the fastest of 42 works at the distance. He was sixth in the $6 million Dubai World Cup behind Pleasantly Perfect, a top candidate for the San Diego.