10/06/2006 11:00PM

Mayberrys end their California run


ARCADIA, Calif. - Summer Mayberry, the daughter of the late trainer Brian Mayberry and a trainer on her own since 1993, is disbanding her small stable this month and relocating to Ocala, Fla.

Mayberry, 35, plans to a launch a pinhooking operation. Her departure ends a three-decade involvement of the Mayberry family in training at Santa Anita. "We've been in this barn for 21 years," she said on the Santa Anita backstretch over the weekend.

Mayberry said she does not plan to have any additional starters before leaving next month. She won an optional claimer with Billy's Echo at Fairplex Park on Sept. 24.

"I think I want to go out on a winning note," she said.

Billy's Echo gave Mayberry her first stakes win in the Flame Thrower Stakes at Hollywood Park in June 2005. She also trained Chester's Choice, whom Patrick Valenzuela rode to victory in a match race against Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone at Del Mar in September 2003.

Mayberry has pinhooked a few yearlings in recent years, selling them privately. "That's helped keep things afloat," she said.

Mayberry recently bought a home on five acres in Ocala. Her mother, Jeanne, and sister, April, have a 70-horse breaking and training operation there. The Mayberry family's involvement in California racing dates back to her father's arrival from the East Coast in the early 1980's.

Brian Mayberry trained 1994 Kentucky Oaks winner Sardula as well as such notable runners as Stormy But Valid, Urbane, and Zoonaqua. He was well-known for success with 2-year-olds.

Brian Mayberry died in July 1998. Jeanne Mayberry trained in Southern California for two years before Summer took over the family's stable, absorbing more runners into her barn. In recent years, her stable had grown smaller.

"I've got mixed emotions," she said of her departure. "I'm happy and sad."

Sinister Minister has surgery

Sinister Minister, the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April, recently underwent surgery to have an undescended testicle removed, trainer Bob Baffert said.

The operation will prevent Sinister Minister from starting at least until late this year. "He's back training," Baffert said.

Sinister Minister finished fourth in the Windy Sails Handicap at Del Mar on Sept. 4. He has won 2 of 7 starts and $509,246.

Baffert said Sinister Minister is one of three horses he is pointing for the Strub Series for 4-year-olds at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. The others are Bob and John, the winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes in April, and Point Determined, the winner of the Affirmed Handicap in June.

Bob and John finished second in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar last month, while Point Determined was seventh in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 23.

"I think they'll be good 4-year-olds," Baffert said. "If they aren't going to run in the Breeders' Cup, you've got to give them a break. You can't go to the Breeders' Cup unless you feel good about your chances."

Cavonnier fails to fill

The $65,000 Cavonnier Stakes for 2-year-old statebreds was not carded on Monday after it drew only three entries.

Racing secretary Mike Hammerle described the lack of support as "shocking."

Hammerle said that a $50,000 allowance for California-bred 2-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs will be offered on Wednesday's program. The allowance race is designed as a prep to the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile for statebred colts and geldings at 1 1/16 miles here Oct. 28.

* Norway House was claimed in a 19-way shake for $16,000 by trainer Steve Knapp in Friday's second race. The 5-year-old gelding was second in the 1 1/16-mile race, 1 3/4 lengths behind Royal Classic.