04/02/2009 11:00PM

Matto Mondo done for season


ARCADIA, Calif. - Matto Mondo, winner of the Grade 3 Thunder Road Handicap in February and third as the favorite in the Santa Anita Handicap last month, is out for the rest of 2009 with a tendon injury, trainer Richard Mandella said.

The injury was detected shortly after Matto Mondo finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Einstein in the Big Cap.

"When I galloped him, he had a thick edge on that tendon," Mandella said.

Mandella said that Matto Mondo has a tear in a tendon and recently underwent a surgical procedure.

"I'll give him six months," Mandella said. "He can come back. We'll hope it heals well and we can try him again next year."

Before the injury was detected, Mandella was considering major turf stakes at Churchill Downs, Golden Gate Fields, and Hollywood Park this spring for Matto Mondo.

Owned by Alex Estay, Matto Mondo has won 6 of 12 starts and $298,816. He won two Group 1 races in Chile in 2007 before joining Mandella's stable.

Square Eddie working toward Derby

Square Eddie will work five furlongs on Sunday as part of an unconventional preparation for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. Trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Paul Reddam intend to train him up to the Derby off a 3 1/2-month layoff.

Unraced since finishing second to The Pamplemousse in the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes on Jan. 17, Square Eddie was briefly sidelined by a cannon bone injury in February. He will have the third workout of his intended comeback at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Square Eddie worked three fulrlongs on March 22 and a half-mile on March 30.

O'Neill acknowledges that Square Eddie may not have time to make the Kentucky Derby if the colt encounters a setback in coming weeks.

"I guess with each work we'll be more excited," he said. "Right now, we've got the shin sound and cold, and for now it's a matter of being hiccup-free. Fortunately through the time off we gave him I was able to jog him and do aqua-tred, so he didn't lose a lot of cardio.

"It will be 15 weeks between starts. We have to make sure we have him nice and tight and ready. The next four works will be key."

Square Eddie will remain in California until late April and will have "his last marathon-type" workout at Churchill Downs, O'Neill said.

"Paul has so been so adamant to let him take us and us not take him," O'Neill said. "It's one work at a time. We have to do right by the horse. Right now, I feel like we're headed in the right way. Sunday late morning, I could be more fired up or depressed."

Square Eddie has won 2 of 7 starts and $787,366. He won the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last October and was second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Zenyatta drills for comeback

Zenyatta, the undefeated champion older female of 2008, worked five furlongs in 59.80 seconds at Hollywood Park on Friday, leaving trainer John Shirreffs wondering if the 5-year-old mare will be ready for her 2009 debut quicker than expected.

Zenyatta has not started since winning the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic last October, her ninth win. She is expected to return to racing during the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting, which begins Aprilo22, although Shirreffs has not picked a race.

"I don't want to get her ready too soon," Shirreffs said. "She's very close. She came off of her layoff at almost an ideal weight. Her muscle tone was really good."

Shirreffs was reluctant to commit Zenyatta to the $150,000 Milady Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on May 23. He would prefer that she make her comeback in an allowance race, although finding sufficient opponents could be difficult.

"I'm not sure about the Milady," Shirreffs said. "We'll have to see what's out there. It's obviously an option."

Zenyatta's workout was the fourth fastest of 15 works at the distance.

"She started off really sharp and got into the work really nicely," Shirreffs said.

He timed Zenyatta galloping out six furlongs in "1:12 and change."

Anabaa's Creation impresses in win

Anabaa's Creation could face Zenyatta later this year after recording a stylish win in her U.S. debut in Thursday's seventh race at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Anabaa's Creation rallied from third in a field of eight to win the one-mile race by 2o3/4 lengths in a quick 1:35.68. It was her first start on a synthetic track after racing on turf in Europe. Trained by Julio Canani for Prestonwood Farm, Anabaa's Creation has won 3 of 13 starts and $264,666. She won twice in Europe at 2 in 2006, but was winless in 10 starts in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Anabaa's Creation finished fourth in the Group 1 French Oaks and third in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary.

"I wanted to get her confidence back," Canani said. "We had to refill the tank."

Canani said Friday that he did not have a next-race goal for Anabaa's Creation.

Heap wins first since July '99

Trainer Blake Heap saddled his first winner in nearly a decade Thursday when the 2-year-old Coo Cachoo won a two-furlong maiden race.

Heap has spent most of the last decade working as an assistant to trainer Wesley Ward and as an outrider at Santa Anita during morning training. Prior to Thursday, his last winner was Feudal Warrior at Hollywood Park in July 1999.

Heap, 52, has five horses in training at Santa Anita and continues to work as an outrider.

Coo Cachoo ($6.40) zipped a quarter-mile in 21.10 seconds under Baze, winning by three-quarters of a length. Coo Cachoo was purchased for $3,500 as a yearling and earned $21,600 for Thursday's win.

Coo Cachoo was the first winner for the stallion Mingun, who is by A.P. Indy. Mingun stands at Lane's End in Kentucky.

Spenditallbaby euthanized at 5

Spenditallbaby, a two-time stakes winner, was euthanized last Monday because of complications of a sesamoid injury suffered in January, trainer Barry Abrams said.

Spenditallbaby was pulled up on the first turn of the Sunshine Millions Distaff in January and underwent surgery shortly after the race to stabilize the leg. Abrams thought Spenditallbaby would make a recovery, but her condition worsened.

"The bones weren't holding the screws," Abrams said. "We thought we were out of it. We did all we could for her."

Spenditallbaby, 5, won 5 of 32 starts and $469,173. She won two stakes for California-breds - the Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar in 2007 and the B. Thoughtful Stakes at Hollywood Park last April.