11/11/2008 12:00AM

Lerille injured in car crash


ARCADIA, Calif. - Longtime trainer Art Lerille, who has a tragic history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, was back home Monday, two days after he was involved in an early-morning automobile collision with a Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol car.

The crash left Lerille, 72, with a broken arm, concussion, and short-term memory loss, according to his wife, Cindy. She said Lerille was on his way to Santa Anita at 5:15 a.m. Saturday when the vehicles collided at an intersection. Lerille was transported to Pomona Valley Medical Center, where he stayed until Monday, when he checked out against medical advice.

Lerille was examined by an orthopedic surgeon and was to be re-hospitalized Wednesday to prepare for surgery on his arm at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

The automobile wreck was the second calamity for Lerille. In 1991, he suffered a broken left arm when a steel beam fell from the Santa Anita grandstand during an earthquake, killing the person sitting next to him.

Lerille still trains three horses, and insisted Tuesday that he check on the stable. After a brief visit, he returned home to rest. Cindy Lerille said Art would have surgery on his arm after doctors were confident he was sufficiently stable to go under anesthesia.

Whatsthescript preps for Citation

Challenges continue to diminish for Whatsthescript, who seeks his first Grade 1 victory when the three-day Turf Festival begins Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park. Whatsthescript worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds Tuesday at Santa Anita, and is the early favorite for the $400,000 Citation Handicap. The 1 1/8-mile race will be his first start since finishing third after breaking from post 11 in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"I think with a good post he would have finished second," trainer John Sadler said, recognizing the dominance of BC Mile winner Goldikova. But things are easier now. Goldikova returned to Europe, Mile runner-up Kip Deville is headed to Hong Kong, and fourth-place finisher Precious Kitten runs against fillies and mares Nov. 30 in the Grade 1 Matriarch.

It makes Whatsthescript the Citation favorite, even if he gets stuck in another outside post. A small field is expected, at a longer distance that bodes well for Whatsthescript.

"He was running well at the end of the [Mile]," Sadler said, and two previous starts at the Citation distance produced a win in the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park and a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Eddie Read at Del Mar.

Hyperbaric will be the main challenger, but he will have a new rider. Garrett Gomez has ridden Hyperbaric to three consecutive wins including the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile, but Gomez will ride Whatsthescript. Other expected Citation starters include Ferneley, Galantas, Lord Admiral, and Shakis. Oak Tree Mile runner-up Tybalt will not start until the winter meet at Santa Anita.

Big Cap long-range target for two Harty horses

The road to the Santa Anita Handicap may go through the Eoin Harty stable. Well Armed and Colonel John both have resumed training after a two-week break and are pointing for January comeback races at Santa Anita. Well Armed will aim for a repeat in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap; Colonel John runs in the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds. Both races will be easier spots than the Breeders' Cup.

Well Armed finished ninth as the BC Dirt Mile favorite. Harty speculated the fast pace may have compromised his chances. Harty laid out the winter campaign for Well Armed: "San Pasqual, San Antonio, and Big Cap."

Colonel John was sixth in the BC Classic.

"He gave us a thrill at the top of the stretch," Harty said.

Colonel John rallied wide to within a neck of the lead, then flattened out and got beat by five lengths. A two-time Grade 1 winner, Colonel John will go to the San Fernando, Strub, and Big Cap.

Harty said that Coronet of a Baron, third in the BC Juvenile Turf, has been flown to Kentucky and will be shipped to Dubai for the winter.

Frankel will handle two recent filly purchases

IEAH Stables purchased the 2009 Santa Anita Oaks favorite Stardom Bound for $5.7omillion, and sold 2008 Santa Anita Oaks winner Ariege for $1.8 million, all in one day in Kentucky. In an unusual twist, both fillies will end up with the same trainer in California.

Stardom Bound and Ariege, bought and sold at auction Nov. 2, will spend the winter at Santa Anita with Bobby Frankel. Stardom Bound's new trainer is Richard Dutrow Jr., but she will be under Frankel's care. On Tuesday, Frankel confirmed her comeback. "The Santa Anita Oaks will be her next start," he said.

As for Ariege, Frankel thought he had seen her for the last time when she finished fifth Oct. 11 in the Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland. "I ended up with her, too," Frankel said. Ariege was purchased by Frank Stronach's Adena Springs, and the 3-year-old filly could make her first start for her new owner Dec. 21 in the Grade 2 Dahlia at Hollywood Park.

Mi Chiamano Mimi heads Moccasin probables

The blazing victory by Mi Chiamano Mimi in the Anoakia Stakes on Oct. 19 at Santa Anita is expected to propel her to favoritism Sunday at Hollywood Park in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes. Mi Chiamano Mimi raced six furlongs in 1:07.93, earned a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, and will put her 2-for-2 record on the line Sunday for trainer Mike Mitchell.

Her rivals in the seven-furlong Moccasin are expected to include Evita Argentina, Palacio de Amor, Pasar Silbano, Will O Way, and Wind Caper.

Gato Go Win gets big Beyer for maiden score

The 2-year-old colt Gato Go Win earned a 91 Beyer Figure for his front-running maiden victory on Saturday. Sired by City Place, the question is how far he eventually will run.

"I don't think distance will be a problem if they leave him alone like that," trainer Jeff Mullins said after Gato Go Win shook loose into the lane and raced 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.45.

It was the second-fastest time of the meet for 6 1/2 furlongs.