04/15/2003 11:00PM

Lukas out, Hollendorfer in at Hollywood Park


ARCADIA, Calif. - The list of prominent trainers that will be based in Southern California this summer lost a member of the Hall of Fame and gained a national leader.

Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas is shipping 14 horses to Arlington Park in early May and will not race at the Hollywood Park or Del Mar meetings.

Jerry Hollendorfer, annually the leading trainer in northern California, said earlier this week that he will have a stable based at Hollywood Park when that track opens a spring-summer meeting on Wednesday.

The absence of Lukas this summer will mark the first time that he has not had a stable based at barn 66 at Santa Anita since he left Quarter Horse racing to become a full-time Thoroughbred trainer in 1978.

According to Greg Falk, Lukas's assistant trainer at Santa Anita, 20 horses were sent to Kentucky earlier this spring and the rest will leave Santa Anita for Arlington Park on May 2 in advance of the start of that meeting on May 9. The Lukas stable will have as many as 30 horses at Arlington Park, a division that Falk will oversee.

"It will be a change of pace," Falk said. "I think we'll be competitive there."

In addition to Arlington Park, Lukas will operate stables at Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and Saratoga this year.

Later this year, Lukas will return to Southern California for the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, which begins in late September, Falk said.

Lukas has not had a strong meeting at Santa Anita this year. Through Wednesday, he had four winners from 65 starters, including Repository in the Winter Solstice Stakes on March 12.

Lukas did not have a runner in the Santa Anita Derby on April 5, the first time he did not participate in the race since 1978.

Falk said rising costs of racing in California, particularly workers' compensation insurance, was a contributing factor in the decision to relocate.

"The big thing is the insurance," Falk said. "It's expensive to race out here."

Lukas has not stabled most of his top horses in Southern California in recent summers, instead keeping them in New York or Kentucky. He has had a limited number of starters in recent meets at Hollywood Park and Del Mar, most of which have been 2-year-olds.

Hollendorfer horses on the way

Hollendorfer may begin sending horses to Hollywood Park as early as this week. In the last two years, Hollendorfer, 54, has sent horses to Arlington Park during the summer but said on Wednesday that he will stay in California.

Hollendorfer has not decided how many horses he will have at Hollywood Park, but said it could be as many as 38 horses. He has more than 100 horses in training.

"I don't have all my plans finalized yet," Hollendorfer said.

Hollendorfer's Hollywood Park stable will include two horses being prepared for the California Gold Rush program on April 26 - Ninebanks, who will start in the $175,000 Khaled Stakes, and Yougottawanna, a hopeful for the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes.

Hollendorfer has actively claimed horses in Southern California in recent meetings and said some of those horses will be sent to Hollywood Park.

Through Sunday, Hollendorfer's starters had won 98 races this year, putting him third to Steve Asmussen and Scott Lake. They had earned $1,959,305, leaving him sixth in the national standings.

Sahadi to run Delta Form into shape

Jenine Sahadi has found the method to getting the multiple stakes winner Delta Form ready after a vacation.

"I'll run this sucker into fitness," she said.

The winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last September, Delta Form has lost his two races this year, finishing sixth in the San Luis Rey Handicap on March 15 and eighth in the Arcadia Handicap on April 6.

The losing streak could end in Sunday's $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf, the longest Grade 1 on the U.S. calendar.

"I'm not going to pass up the distance or the money," Sahadi said. "He's a contender, but he's hard to get fit."

The 7-year-old Delta Form has won 8 of 28 starts and $516,717. Last fall, he finished third in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Belmont Park and the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup before finishing last of 14 in the $1.7 million Hong Kong Vase in Hong Kong.

His two races this year have not discouraged Sahadi. She cited a yielding turf course in the San Luis Rey Handicap and a paceless race in the Arcadia Handicap, over 1 1/8 miles on turf, as factors that worked against Delta Form.

"The track was very wet and very tiring when he made his first start," she said. "He just went through the motions the other day. He was too far back."

While the San Juan Capistrano may be a Grade 1, it will not have a top-class field. Delta Form is the only runner in the field to have won or placed in a Grade 1 in the last year. Champion Lodge is likely to be favored. He won the San Luis Rey Handicap by six lengths.

Aside from Delta Form and Champion Lodge, the probable starters include Adminniestrator, All the Boys, Passinetti, Special Matter, and Timber Cruiser.

Trainer Julio Canani said that Nazirali, the winner of the 2002 San Luis Obispo Handicap, might run.

Jockey Nolton Pattio dies

Services will be held on Friday for Nolton Pattio, the leading rider at the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse meeting in 1952 who later became a successful jockey agent.

Pattio, 71, died of complications of cancer on April 11, according to a statement issued by Los Alamitos.

A native of Louisiana, he rode top horses such as Go Man Go, Vandy's Flash, and Bright Eyes and had an estimated 2,500 winners.

Pattio is survived by his wife, Dorothy, 12 children, and 41 grandchildren.