Updated on 09/15/2011 12:58PM

Lord Jim makes American debut


DEL MAR, Calif. - Lord Jim, a three-time Group 1 winner in his native Argentina, makes his North American debut in Wednesday's $75,000 Live the Dream Handicap, one of two stakes on the closing-day Del Mar Futurity undercard.

Lord Jim won four times in eight starts in Argentina, and was 4 for 7 on turf. He has not raced since February, but sports a lengthy series of works for the Live the Dream, which is run at one mile on turf. Carla Gaines trains Lord Jim for owner Gary Tanaka.

Among those facing Lord Jim is the comebacking Auction House, who led from start to finish to take the Harry Brubaker Handicap on this course one year ago. Cobourg Lodge (Ron Ellis) and John Ferneley (Neil Drysdale) are European imports making their first starts in this country for top trainers.

The other supporting feature is the California Equine Retirement Foundation Handicap, a six-furlong sprint for older fillies and mares that includes the unbeaten Salty Helen and the versatile High Margin.

Salty Helen has won all three of her starts, including a dazzling, front-running performance against allowance runners the first weekend of the meet. High Margin, the likely favorite, has finished first or second in 10 of 14 starts, and has won sprinting on dirt and turf, and going long on turf.

Emotional day in store

When Point Given, retired last week because of a tendon strain, is paraded between the third and fourth races at Del Mar on Wednesday, trainer Bob Baffert, is not sure he will get through the day without crying.

"I'm sure Wednesday is going to be very emotional for me," Baffert said. "It's been very tough for all of us at the barn, even though we know the horse is going to be all right. It was so sudden. It was like losing someone unexpectedly. We were flying high after the Travers, and then this happened. I'm supposed to be a tough guy, but I cried. He just did that to me.

"He's such a sweet horse, too," Baffert said. "He was a kid with a manly body. His talent was just starting to come to the surface."

More surgery for Scott

Jockey Joy Scott, idle since January after a spill at Los Alamitos, will need additional surgery on her injured right leg, delaying by another six months a comeback she had hoped to make at Del Mar.

Scott, 43, said she will have the bones in her lower right leg re-broken and re-set during surgery on Sept. 27.

"The leg hasn't been healing properly and the new surgery should correct that," she said. "I'm very optimistic."

Scott had been working horses in recent weeks, but when not on horseback, she hobbled around the stable area with a noticeable limp. "I still have the desire," she said. "I know I can still do it. I love to be around the horses. I hope to be back riding in six months or so."

Gomez fined for whip use

Garrett Gomez is the latest jockey fined by Del Mar's stewards for misuse of the whip, joining Tyler Baze, Victor Espinoza, and Chris McCarron, who had been fined previously this meet.

Gomez was cited for his ride on Hot Kitty, who finished third in the fourth race on Aug. 18. The track's official veterinarian, Dr. B. William Bell, reported that the filly had a break in her skin on her flank after the race when observed at the receiving barn. Jockeys are supposed to confine whip strokes to the rump and avoid the flank.

TOC to investigate errant entry

John Van de Kamp, president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, said on Monday that he was investigating procedures used by Del Mar's stewards and racing office in regards to the errant entry of Icantgoforthat, who was mistakenly left out of last Wednesday's Generous Portion Stakes.

Icantgoforthat was entered in the race before entry time, but the entry apparently was not transferred properly to the racing office's computer system. The mistake was discovered hours later, after post positions had been drawn and the Wednesday overnight had been printed. The track's stewards refused to re-draw the race at that hour, but Van de Kamp said he wanted to see if it would have been possible to re-draw the race without missing deadlines for getting the information published correctly in newspapers.

"I want to look at how things were done on all sides," Van de Kamp said. "I'm waiting for the stewards to give me their minutes. They said they'd release them this Wednesday."

Godolphin shipping for stakes

Three 2-year-olds owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Eoin Harty are leaving town in the next few weeks for stakes engagements.

Essence of Dubai will be running in the Belmont Futurity for colts, and the filly Imperial Gesture will be in the Matron Stakes. Both Grade 1 races are on Sept. 16 at Belmont Park.

Burnt Ember, a recent maiden winner at Saratoga, will run in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile for colts at Turfway Park on Sept. 22. That race was won last year by Point Given.

Harty said that Tempera, the beaten favorite in the Del Mar Debutante, likely will not have another race before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 27.

"I want to come into the race fresh," Harty said Monday.

* Greg Long, the owner enmeshed in controversy because he sold an herbal supplement to trainers that apparently caused more than a dozen horses to test positive for an antihistamine, had his scheduled hearing this past weekend delayed at the request of his attorney. George Slender, one of Del Mar's stewards, said the matter would be heard before the stewards at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, which begins Sept. 26.

* Tranquility Lake, who won Saturday's Palomar Handicap, came out of the race in good shape and will make her next start at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, in either the Lady's Secret Handicap on the dirt or the Yellow Ribbon Invitational on the turf, according to trainer Julio Canani.

* Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye was presented with an early birthday cake, and promptly was pushed into the cake face first by his fellow riders following Sunday's sixth race. Delahoussaye turns 50 on Sept. 21.

* Lazy Slusan, scratched from Sunday's Solana Beach Handicap, worked instead on Sunday morning, covering five furlongs in 1:01.40. Lazy Slusan won the Grade 1 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park earlier this year.

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