05/26/2011 3:46PM

McAnally runners have summer engagements at Arlington


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The performances of Goldwaki and Eclair de Lune in graded stakes at Hollywood Park this weekend are as much about hopes for the summer as they are for the short-term for owner Richard Duchossois and trainer Ron McAnally.

They start the French import Goldwaki in Saturday’s $150,000 American Handicap over a mile on turf and Eclair de Lune in Monday’s $250,000 Gamely Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf for fillies and mares.

Those horses could represent Duchossois in the Arlington Million and Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in August. Duchossois is chairman of Arlington Park.

Last year, Duchossois and McAnally watched Eclair de Lune win the Beverly D., and McAnally expects her to be in the same race this year.

“It would be nice to get back there again,” McAnally said at Hollywood Park on Thursday morning.

Goldwaki, 4, won a Group 3 stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf in France last year, the last of four consecutive wins in the first half of that season. A German-bred, Goldwaki was bought privately by Duchossois last fall. At the time, the Arlington Million over 1 1/4 miles on turf was a long-term goal.

“That’s pretty much why we bought him,” McAnally said. “He can get the mile and a quarter distance.”

The American will be a tough race for Goldwaki, who must beat the milers Liberian Freighter, Sidney’s Candy, and The Usual Q.T.

“I think he wants to go longer, but he’s plenty fit to go a mile,” McAnally said. “I want to see a good race.”

Eclair de Lune will be largely overlooked in a Gamely field that includes the 2011 stakes winners Cozi Rosie and Malibu Pier. McAnally insists his mare deserves respect and he remains confident about Eclair de Lune’s chances in the Grade 1 Gamely.

Also bred in Germany, Eclair de Lune has been fifth in her last two starts, but had troubled trips in both races. She slipped on the turn of the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita on March 19. At the start of the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland on April 16, Eclair de Lune was bumped but recovered to finish 3 1/2 lengths behind Never Retreat. “She was behind a slow pace that day,” McAnally said.

Eclair de Lune was beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Malibu Pier in the Santa Ana, leaving McAnally hopeful she can be a factor in the Gamely under jockey Chantal Sutherland.

“At Santa Anita, [Chantal] said she was skating all the way,” McAnally said. “This is a turf course she’s never raced on, but hopefully she’ll be better.”

La Nez, Major Art injured

The Santa Anita stakes runners La Nez and Major Art have been turned out with injuries, trainer Eric Kruljac said.

Both horses are owned by Class Racing Stable.

La Nez underwent surgery on Wednesday to have a screw placed in a hind leg to stabilize a non-displaced condylar fracture, the trainer said. Kruljac said La Nez could return to racing by early 2011.

“It looks like we’ll have a 5-year-old,” he said. “She can race by February, if all is well.”

La Nez, a 4-year-old filly by Storm Creek, has won four stakes, 5 of 17 starts, and $405,000 in her career. She won the Irish O’Brien Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Major Art, second in the La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita in April, will be out of training for four months with a tendon injury, Kruljac said. “It was a slight strain,” he said.

A British-bred, 3-year-old Major Art was beaten a half-length by Class Racing’s Surrey Star in the La Puente.

Letthebighossroll dead at age 23

Letthebighossroll, who won 18 of 60 starts and 10 stakes, was euthanized on Monday after suffering a pulmonary hemorrhage at Open A Ranch in Hemet, Calif.

Letthebighossroll was 23. He spent part of his retirement as a trail horse and herding cattle. Raced by Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert, Letthebighossroll earned $1,014,377. His 10 stakes wins were highlighted by a victory as an 8-year-old in the Grade 3 Triple Bend Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park in 1996.

Sweet Swap joins Sadler's barn

Sweet Swap, a 2-year-old full-brother to Sidney’s Candy, arrived at trainer John Sadler’s stable earlier this month.

A five-time stakes winner, Sidney’s Candy is the leading contender for Saturday’s American Handicap. Sweet Swap will race for breeder Jenny Craig.

“I’ll try to get him ready for Del Mar,” Sadler said.

Sadler said that Zazu, who won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in February and was third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, will make her next start in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on June 25. “The timing is perfect,” Sadler said.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu has won 2 of 8 starts and $382,985.