12/15/2004 12:00AM

Mandella four truly fearsome


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Los Angeles Rams had one with their defensive line in the 1960's. So too did the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970's. And now trainer Richard Mandella has his own fearsome foursome. Action This Day, Minister Eric, Rock Hard Ten, and Spellbinder - all 3-year-old colts who are under consideration for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita's opening day Dec. 26 - worked seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning.

Rock Hard Ten, whom Mandella recently acquired, worked in company with Minister Eric and ran the best time of the day at the distance, 1:24.40. The Swaps Stakes winner, Rock Hard Ten has not raced since the Haskell Invitational in August.

Action This Day, last year's champion 2-year-old colt, worked in company with Spellbinder and was timed in 1:24.80. He has not raced since the Kentucky Derby.

"They all worked good," Mandella said from his Santa Anita barn. "All four are pointing for the Malibu. I'm not saying all four will run."

Among those expected for the seven-furlong Malibu are stakes winners Love of Money, Mass Media, Quintons Gold Rush, and possibly Imperialism.

Long Range Missile to miss Malibu

One colt who will be forced to miss the Malibu is the undefeated Long Range Missile, who trainer Ron Ellis said twice spiked a fever in the last fortnight.

"He ran a temperature twice on me," Ellis said. "It happened again after his last work [Dec. 7]. He just had a little virus."

Long Range Missile has won all three of his starts. Ellis said that if the colt recovers quickly, he could make the six-furlong Palos Verdes Handicap on Jan. 23.

Don't Get Mad, a recent arrival in Ellis's barn from Kentucky, also missed a few days recently with a fever. The cleverly named colt, by Stephen Got Even, won both his starts for trainer Paul McGee before heading west.

Charming Colleen seeks upset

Charming Colleen, who began her career in Washington, will make her first local start in Sunday's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, which will also mark her first start since she was purchased privately by owner Jim McIngvale and turned over to trainer Nick Hines.

At the behest of McIngvale and an adviser, Dr. Gary Potter, Hines is using interval training with Charming Colleen. There are occasional mornings when she trains, returns to the barn, then comes back later in the morning for more. Hines is doing this with other horses owned by McIngvale.

"With interval training, you're not leaving any stone unturned," Hines said. "You don't have to work within 10 days of a race. They have their hardest work within a 10- to 14-day period. You evaluate them based on their heart rate, recovery rate, and cool-out rate. If they're not fit, they don't run."

Charming Colleen has won twice and finished second twice in four starts. She most recently finished second against males in the 1 1/16-mile Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs on Sept. 19. The Starlet is also at 1 1/16 miles.

"We bought her the first week of October," Hines said. "We felt that based on her sheet numbers she'd fit right in. She's progressed real nicely. The disadvantage is that she hasn't run in three months. The advantage is that she has run a route, and has stakes experience, though at a lesser track."

Frankel devastated by breakdowns

Bobby Frankel returned to Hollywood Park on Wednesday after spending the past week in Florida, where he checked on his runners at Palm Meadows while soothing a psyche upset by the fatal breakdown of one of his 2-year-olds during a workout at Hollywood Park last week. It was the second 2-year-old Frankel lost to a breakdown in a workout this meet.

"In all the years I've trained, that's never happened," Frankel said. "I couldn't take it. I had to get out of here. It's so devastating to have that happen. Both were 100 percent sound."

Frankel said that because of the injuries he won't run any horses at Hollywood Park the final week of the meet. The season closes Monday. "I think the main track had some soft spots. It's inconsistent," he said.

Santa Anita replay show to Ch. 57

"Racing From Santa Anita," Santa Anita's nightly televised replay show, will move to KJLA, Channel 57, beginning with the track's opening day, Dec. 26. The show, which is hosted by track commentator Trevor Denman, will air at 7:30 p.m. on racing days.

KJLA, according to Santa Anita, is an over-the-air station available on most local cable systems.

* There's no "i" in team, nor in Bode. Trainer Bob Baffert said the son he and wife, Jill, are expecting imminently will have his name spelled like skier Bode Miller.