Updated on 09/15/2011 2:27PM

Manndar seriously injured in work


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - *, one of the nation's leading turf horses for the past two seasons, fractured the sesamoid bones in his left front ankle at the conclusion of a workout Thursday morning on the Hollywood Park turf course.

Manndar was taken to the barn of his trainer, Beau Greely, who said every effort would be made to save Manndar's life. No decision had been made about whether to operate, because Greely said he and veterinarian Dr. Sam Bradley wanted to see how Manndar progressed over the next two days.

"Trying to get through this will be the tough part," Greely said. "Right now, we're just trying to save him. We were hoping he hadn't fractured his cannon bone, too, and he didn't. We just got the X-rays back."

Jockey Garrett Gomez was aboard Manndar, who was timed in 1:01.40 for five furlongs on turf. Manndar - out in the middle of the course because orange cones, or dogs, were set up to protect the inside part of the course - broke down just as he came to the wire. Gomez pulled the horse up quickly, preventing further damage. "Garrett did a great job," said Greely, who watched the work from the backside. "He thought he stepped in a hole."

Manndar was removed from the course in a horse ambulance. He had a brace affixed to the injured leg.

Manndar most recently finished second in the Knickerbocker Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 26. The 5-year-old horse won 4 of 20 starts, including the Manhattan and Woodford Reserve handicaps in 2000. Manndar also was a tough-luck second in the Arlington Million against Chester House. He has earned $1,128,615. Greely said the hope is to save Manndar for stud duty.

Siphonic works for Futurity

Siphonic, who was a sharp third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, had his first work since that race, an easy half-mile in 48.20 seconds with exercise rider Michelle Jensen. He is scheduled to make his next start in the Grade 1, $200,000 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 15.

"It was a nice little maintenance work," said David Hofmans, who trains Siphonic. "We'll come back with an easy three-quarters next week, then get serious."

Hofmans said Siphonic came out of the Breeders' Cup "great, really awesome." Siphonic is scheduled to meet Officer in the Futurity, along with the top runners from Saturday's Hollywood Prevue Stakes.

Hofmans also has made plans for two other top horses in his barn. Millennium Wind, the Blue Grass Stakes winner, is scheduled to make his next start in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita's opening day, Dec. 26. Starrer, who was second in the Spinster Stakes before a poor performance in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, will run in the Grade 1, $500,000 Matriarch Stakes on Nov. 25.

Millennium Wind, in his first start since the Kentucky Derby, finished last during the recently concluded Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita. Hofmans said he was at first puzzled by Millennium Wind's dull performance, but soon found an answer.

"He had a pretty severe quarter crack, enough to bother him," Hofmans said. "It was in his right front. It was nasty. We finally patched it [Wednesday]. That set him back a little, but he should still make the Malibu."

Starrer will be making her turf debut in the Matriarch. Kent Desormeaux worked her Thursday morning, when Starrer covered six furlongs on firm turf in 1:14.80. She worked just minutes after Manndar broke down.

Futural back in training

The tough-luck horse Futural, who was disqualified from victory in last summer's Hollywood Gold Cup, returned this week to the barn of his trainer, Craig Dollase, who had to give him a break following his last-place finish in Del Mar's Pacific Classic.

"He had a hind-end problem that we couldn't diagnose," Dollase said. "It might have been a pulled muscle. He got 60 days R and R, and was as good as new."

Dollase said that Futural will be pointed for the Santa Anita Handicap. "We should be able to get a race in before the Big Cap," Dollase said.

* The Seven Seas, who finished second in the Beverly D Stakes this summer, worked five furlongs on turf in 1:01.60 for trainer Bobby Frankel, who said The Seven Seas is being pointed for the $70,000 Waya Handicap on Dec. 8.

* Frankel also worked Super Quercus, a candidate for the Grade 1, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 1. He was timed in 1:28.20 for seven furlongs on turf.

* Hofmans also said he will run the 2-year-old filly Film Critic in the Grade 3, $200,000 Miesque Stakes on Nov. 23.

* Hopeful Stakes winner Came Home worked five furlongs in 1:01 Thursday morning at Santa Anita.

* Crystal Music, the Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber-owned filly who ran most recently in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, is now based at Hollywood Park with Neil Drysdale. While racing in England, Crystal Music was trained by John Gosden.

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