02/14/2004 12:00AM

Midas Eyes may be headed to Dubai

Email

ARCADIA, Calif. - Midas Eyes, a troubled fourth in the Strub Stakes on Feb. 7, may make his next start in the $1 million Godolphin Mile in Dubai on March 27, trainer Bobby Frankel said.

Though plans have not been finalized, Frankel said the one-turn mile race on dirt would suit Midas Eyes, who has won 3 of 9 starts, including two stakes, and placed in three other graded races.

The Godolphin Mile is on the undercard of the $6 million Dubai World Cup, a race in which Frankel will start Medaglia d'Oro, the winner of the Donn Handicap on Feb. 7. Ed Gann of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., owns Medaglia d'Oro and Midas Eyes.

Sent off as the favorite in the Strub, Midas Eyes finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Domestic Dispute. Midas Eyes was five wide on both turns and four wide on the backstretch, but was closing well at the finish.

"He got fanned way out," Frankel said.

Frankel said that Midas Eyes and Medaglia d'Oro will not start again until they run in Dubai. He said that Medaglia d'Oro "lost a lot of weight" after the Donn Handicap.

Both horses will be shipped to Dubai well in advance of March 27, allowing Frankel to give them workouts at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

Sensational win for McCann's Mojave

McCann's Mojave scored an upset win in his stakes debut in Saturday's $109,900 Sensational Star Handicap for California-breds at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., McCann's Mojave ($23.20) finished about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:12.34, carrying 115 pounds. He finished a half-length in front of Lennyfromalibu, the 4-5 favorite and 120-pound topweight, who was seeking his fourth consecutive win. Hemet Thought finished third in the field of eight.

McCann's Mojave, 4, raced in midpack down the hill, well behind Slew's Prince, who set fractions of 21.50 and 43.03 seconds while leading by as many as nine lengths. McMann's Mojave and Lennyfromalibu made up considerable ground in early stretch and caught Slew's Prince in the final furlong.

Trained by Leonard Dorfman, 81, for Nikki Hunt and Mike Willman, McCann's Mojave has won 4 of 5 starts and $169,620.

Frankel's top mares heading elsewhere

Frankel does not have a starter in Monday's Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita. His top older mares - Sightseek and Wild Spirit - will pass the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap on March 14 and will make their next starts outside of California.

Sightseek, a disappointing fourth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap on Jan. 25, is being pointed for the $200,000 Rampart Handicap over 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park on March 14. Sightseek won four consecutive Grade 1 stakes last year but was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. She remains winless at Santa Anita.

Wild Spirit is being pointed for the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap over 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park on April 3. In 2003, Wild Spirit won 3 of 4 starts, scoring convincing wins in the Shuvee and Ruffian handicaps at Belmont Park and the Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park. She finished a nose behind Passing Shot in the Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga.

Win may send Lady Annaliese to Gulfstream

Through Friday, Frankel had 11 wins at the Santa Anita meeting, and the most impressive may have been Lady Annaliese's victory in Friday's $70,875 La Zanzara Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Sent off as the odds-on favorite, Lady Annaliese was confidently ridden by Alex Solis and responded with a three-length victory over Mer de Corail. Innit finished third in the field of six. Lady Annaliese ($3.80) was timed in 2:00.03.

The minor stakes victory was Lady Annaliese's second stakes win in three starts, preceded by the Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park in December. In between, she finished a game second to Volga in the Grade 2 La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder in late December.

Another road trip could be on her schedule in coming weeks, Frankel said.

With Megahertz, another top mare trained by Frankel, likely for the $150,000 Santa Ana Handicap on March 27, Frankel could send Lady Annaliese to Gulfstream Park for the $200,000 Orchid Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf on March 21.

Owned by a partnership that includes Frankel, Lady Annaliese, 5, won her maiden against winners over seven furlongs in New Zealand in December 2002 but has been best in longer races. She arrived at Frankel's barn in the middle of last year and has won 3 of 5 starts in the United States.

San Rafael possible for Mambo Train

Mambo Train, the winner of the Turf Paradise Derby in Phoenix on Feb. 7, is being considered for the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes on March 6, trainer Marcelo Polanco said.

The Turf Paradise Derby was Mambo Train's first stakes win and his seventh start. He was 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last October.

Polanco said that an inside draw and an aggressive ride by Emile Ramsammy helped Mambo Train prevail by 2 1/2 lengths over fellow California shipper Perfect Moon.

"He beat an easy field," Polanco said. "This time he was inside and he was competitive all the way."

Polanco said that Mambo Train is nominated "to everything" around the country, with the goal of reaching the Kentucky Derby. If he does not start in the one-mile San Rafael, Mambo Train could start in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 14.

The San Felipe is the primary goal for St Averil, the winner of the Santa Catalina Stakes on Jan. 17. Trained by Rafael Becerra, St Averil worked five furlongs in 1:02 on Saturday.

Minister Eric, the runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last October in his most recent start, breezed six furlongs in 1:14 on Saturday.

"It was a little slower than I wanted, but I was just being careful," trainer Richard Mandella said.

Minister Eric may start in the San Rafael.

Ema Bovary looking for ninth straight win

Ema Bovary will attempt to stretch her winning streak to eight when she starts in Sunday's $100,000 Las Flores Handicap for female sprinters.

Trained in northern California by Larry Ross, Ema Bovary has made two successful trips to Southern California during her winning streak. She won an optional claimer at Hollywood Park in November and was promoted from second to first in the Kalookan Queen Handicap at Santa Anita on Dec. 31 after Royally Chosen was disqualified for interference in deep stretch.

Since that race, Ema Bovary has returned to win the minor Orinda Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 24.

The Grade 3 Las Flores is run over 6 1/2 furlongs. Other candidates include Annabelly, Buffythecenterfold, Icantgoforthat, and Sarasota. Buffythecenterfold finished second to Island Fashion in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap on Jan. 25.

Saturday's top race is the $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. Fudge Fatale, who pulled a front-running upset at 55-1 in the Tuzla Handicap on Jan. 28, is among the probables, along with Acago, Katdogawn, Maiden Tower, and Personal Legend.

There is no racing at Santa Anita on Wednesday.