07/13/2008 11:00PM

Migliore shifting tack East to Saratoga


DEL MAR, Calif. - Jockey Richard Migliore will relocate to Saratoga for the rest of the summer after riding at Del Mar through Monday, he said over the weekend.

Migliore said his decision to return to his native New York later this month is based largely on the needs of his family, which is based in New York. He said they would not be able to travel to California for the summer.

"They can't spend as much time out here," he said. "I have some people I can ride for" at Saratoga.

Last year, Migliore, 44, had an outstanding Del Mar meeting, winning the richest race of the meeting, the $1 million Pacific Classic on Student Council, and finishing 10th in the standings.

Migliore has ridden regularly in Southern California since the autumn of 2006, having relocated from New York, but said over the weekend that he was not sure that would continue. He said he plans to travel back to California to ride occasionally in coming weeks, and would make an assessment on the autumn following Labor Day.

Swaps top two heading to Travers

Tres Borrachos and Colonel John, the first and third-place finishers in Saturday's Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park, are bound for the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 23.

Tres Borrachos won his first stakes in the Swaps, drawing off in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Two Step Salsa. Colonel John, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby and the sixth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, finished third, a head behind Two Step Salsa.

Tres Borrachos ended a six-race losing streak in the Swaps, all in stakes, dating back to a win in a maiden race in November.

"He didn't really look tired" after the race, trainer Beau Greely said. "It didn't seem to take too much out of him. He's easy on himself, and when you put him in the gate he runs hard."

Greely said the Travers Stakes offers ideal timing and is preferred for Tres Borrachos over the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 3.

The Travers "gives us nice spacing," Greely said. "We have an invitation to the Haskell, but to run back in three weeks and ship across the country would be pushing it."

Colonel John was second, a length behind Tres Borrachos, in the stretch but could not close the margin. Under the allowance conditions of the Swaps, Colonel John carried 122 pounds, nine more than Tres Borrachos.

"The only thing I can blame it on is a lack of conditioning and maybe the weights," trainer Eoin Harty said of the loss. "Maybe it caught up with him in the last furlong. I don't feel like I was embarrassed. He showed up and ran his race."

Word's out on Whatsthescript

In his first start of the year, Whatsthescript scored a 29-1 upset victory in the American Handicap on June 28 at Hollywood Park. He will not be nearly that price on Sunday, despite moving into Grade 1 company for the first time in the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap, Del Mar's first Grade 1 race of the meeting.

Whatsthescript retained his sharp form on Monday, when he came home strongly during a six-furlong work in 1:14.80 on Del Mar's turf course. Orange cones, known as dogs, were up.

"He went off in 50 and came home in 24, which is the way you want it," John Sadler, who trains Whatsthescript, said immediately following the drill. "That means you can shut it down and finish. I'm really happy."

The Eddie Read, like the American at 1 1/8 miles on turf, is expected to have a field of seven or eight, including the popular Lava Man, who was a close third in the 1 1/4-mile Whittingham Memorial on June 7 at Hollywood Park.

Isaias Enriquez has the mount on Whatsthescript, with Tyler Baze on Lava Man. The others expected for the race are British invader Ferneley (Victor Espinoza), Monzante (Rafael Bejarano), Out of Control (Garrett Gomez), Spring House, Storm Military (David Flores), and possibly Medici Code.

Monzante worked six furlongs on Del Mar's main track in 1:15.40 on Sunday for trainer Mike Mitchell. At Hollywood Park on Sunday, Lava Man worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 for trainer Doug O'Neill, and Storm Military went the same distance in 1:01.60 for Bobby Frankel.

Sadler on Monday also worked the top grass mare Black Mamba, who is scheduled to make her next start in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 9. She covered five furlongs in 1:01.60.

Midnight Lute on comeback trail

Midnight Lute won the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter last year based on his victories in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga and the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Both races may be on his schedule again this year as he attempts to make a long-delayed comeback.

Midnight Lute is at Del Mar, where he is scheduled to work on Wednesday or Thursday, according to his trainer, Bob Baffert. It will be his second work since going back into training after recovering from a hock injury suffered earlier this spring.

"He was ready to run earlier this year, but then the hock came up at Santa Anita," Baffert said. "He gets ready pretty quick. He should be ready by the end of this meet."

If Midnight Lute stays here, the only race fore him at the end of the meet around one turn is the $85,000 Pirates Bounty Handicap at six furlongs on Sept. 3, closing day. The Forego, at seven furlongs, is Aug. 30.

"I'm hoping to get one in him before the Breeders' Cup," Baffert said.

The Breeders' Cup Sprint is Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.

Michael Baze on verge of return

Michael Baze, the leading rider at the 2007 Del Mar meeting, said over the weekend that he hopes to resume riding on Monday after missing four weeks because of injuries suffered in a spill at Hollywood Park on June 20.

Baze, 21, suffered a fractured bone in his neck when his mount broke down during a sprint for maiden claimers. He said he received doctor's clearance last week to resume working horses this Friday and begin riding on Monday. He had hoped to be ready for Wednesday's opening day.

"The doctor said I've healed pretty quick," he said. "He said wait until about Friday and I can work some horses and I can ride on Monday.

"I can live with this. I want to get back, but it's fine with me. It could be worse."

Baze also won the riding title in 2007 at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meet. He was fifth in the Hollywood standings when he was injured and finished the meeting ranked sixth.

Buzzards Bay retired

Buzzards Bay, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby in 2005 and four other stakes, has been retired after a series of disappointing performances, trainer Ron Ellis said.

Buzzards Bay will be sent to stud, but Ellis said that owner Gary Broad has made no plans for the 6-year-old Buzzards Bay.

By Marco Bay, Buzzards Bay won 7 of 26 starts and $1,428,141. His last win came in an allowance race at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting last fall. He was fifth in the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap in early June in his final start. "He just wasn't trying anymore," Ellis said.

At 3, Buzzards Bay finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby. He was purchased by Broad for $725,000 that summer at a Kentucky sale to dissolve a partnership.

Price hike for opening day admission

Del Mar has raised its parking fees and some admission fees for the upcoming meeting.

General parking has been increased from $6 to $8.

The track has increased admission prices for opening day. General admission will be $10, an increase from $6 on the other days of the meeting. Clubhouse admission on Wednesday is $20, and $10 on other days.

Last year, there were no premium prices for opening day, a program that typically draws the largest crowd of the meeting.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman