06/04/2002 11:00PM

Lumpkins makes plans to ride at Del Mar


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Jason Lumpkins, currently the second leading rider at Bay Meadows, is relocating to Southern California for the second half of the summer, according to his agent, Dennis Patterson.

Lumpkins plans to ride in northern California through the Alameda County Fair at Pleasanton on July 7 and ride briefly at Hollywood Park before the start of the Del Mar meeting on July 24.

Patterson did not expect the move to be permanent.

"I see it as a meeting-long opportunity," Patterson said. "We're coming down with no expectations. We want to strengthen our connections. We could probably come down for the last few weeks of Hollywood."

Through Sunday, Lumpkins, 32, trailed Russell Baze in the current standings at Bay Meadows, 85 wins to 57. But Lumpkins has had mounts in major races at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, occasionally riding for Southern California stables. "We've won a lot of races for people who have shipped up here to ride," Patterson said. "We'd like to meet them in person."

McAnally gets French filly for Honeymoon

Saturday's $200,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap has added significance this year as a prep to the $500,000 American Oaks that will be run for the first time on July 6.

In an attempt to win both races, owner Arnold Zetcher and trainer Ron McAnally have imported Alozaina from France. Of course, European imports are common in major stakes in California, but 3-year-old fillies tend to arrive later in the summer after many of the top races on that continent are run.

Alozaina has strong credentials. A maiden winner last fall, she has placed in four stakes. Earlier this year, she was third in the Prix Finlande behind Turtle Bow, who later won a Group 3 in France.

Alozaina has been with McAnally's stable for only a week. McAnally has won two of the last six runnings of the Honeymoon, including in 2001 with Innit. He admits he is still learning about the filly, but has been impressed so far.

"She has very good action," McAnally said. "So far, so good. We've taken her for gallops in the last couple of days and so far she's done everything right. She's good at the mile and an eighth distance."

The Honeymoon is expected to have a small field. The probables are Megahertz and La Martina, the first two finishers of the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita; Arabic Song, the winner of two allowance races at this meeting; High Society, the winner of the La Habra Stakes at Santa Anita; and Always Country, a stakes winner at Calder last month.

Nakatani may be out another month

Jockey Corey Nakatani, who has not ridden since May 2 because of injuries suffered in a one-horse spill, will have his comeback delayed until early July at the earliest, according to his agent, Bob Meldahl.

Nakatani suffered a concussion and a neck injury in the spill and has taken longer to recover than he and Meldahl thought would be needed. Through May, Nakatani fought bouts of dizziness and headaches related to the concussion. At the time of the accident, he was diagnosed with a compression fracture to the C6 vertebra at the base of his neck, and recently began therapy to treat that injury, Meldahl said.

The injury kept Nakatani from riding the Kentucky Derby and has cost him a place in the top 10 of the current Hollywood Park meeting where he has only ridden the first two weeks.

Hot Market may have a stakes future

Hot Market showed the sort of form in an allowance race win Wednesday that could lead to a start in stakes later this year.

Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Hot Market ($5.80) led throughout, completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.30.

"He ran well and looked good doing it," trainer Craig Lewis said. "Right now, I don't have any thoughts on his next race. It depends on how he's doing and what stakes are available. I want him to pull up okay, so we'll have another shot. I did like the race."

Hot Market was never seriously challenged and finished 3 1/2 lengths in front of Kela.

Owned by Harris Farms and Per Antonsen, the 4-year-old Hot Market has won 4 of 11 starts and 2 of 5 races since returning from injury earlier this year.