12/29/2010 4:27PM

Mandella taking a closer look at Arresting Officer


Trainer Richard Mandella will spend a few days assessing Arresting Officer before making any plans for the colt, who was second in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes last Sunday.

Arresting Officer was trained by Mike Mitchell for Sunday’s race, but owner Suleman Dhani transferred the colt to Mandella earlier this week.

“He’s a little stiff coming out of the race,” Mandella said of Arresting Officer. “We’re in the process of analyzing him.”

Mandella has an entry of Robie the Cat and Ten Devils in Friday’s Eddie Logan Stakes, and is concerned that the recent wet weather has disrupted the training of Ten Devils.

“I’ve missed a little time,” Mandella said. “If I didn’t think everyone was in the same boat, I’d be a little concerned. Robie the Cat just ran and I’m not worried about his fitness level.”

Gomez’s reign as earnings leader ends

Garrett Gomez will finish second in the money-earnings title this year, ending a four-year run as the national leader.

Gomez, who turns 38 on Saturday, trailed Ramon Dominguez by $453,401 through Tuesday. The purse levels of races at Santa Anita for the last three days of the year were not high enough to make up the difference.

Gomez’s agent, Ron Anderson, noted that through Tuesday Dominguez had 1,455 mounts this year, compared with 775 for Gomez.

◗ There was no training on Santa Anita’s main track on Wednesday because of overnight rain. Trainers were prepared. There were 176 recorded works on the main track on Tuesday.