04/17/2006 12:00AM

Miss Norman headed for Kentucky Oaks

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Bordonaro, winning the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, will likely make his next start in July.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Miss Norman, the Southern California-based filly who finished second in the $250,000 at Oaklawn Park last Friday after running erratically in the final quarter-mile, will return in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 5, owner Greg Norman said.

Norman said his focus over the next few weeks will be to try to understand why Miss Norman bolted when she turned for home while leading and why she ducked out again sharply in upper stretch. In the stretch, Miss Norman went from first to fourth. She trailed eventual winner Ready to Please by six lengths at the eighth pole but rallied in the final furlong to lose by three lengths.

Norman, a hands-on owner who spends considerable time working with his stable, said Miss Norman has emerged from the race in good condition and will be sent to Churchill Downs this weekend.

"I've been walking her in the shed row," Norman said. "She's come out of the race very well."

Norman said a patch of sunlight at the top of the stretch might have scared Miss Norman, and that she could have been startled by the crowd while running through the stretch.

"There are 101 different opinions as to why she did it," Norman said. "That was her first time on this track. There were 20,000 people there, and she might have thought, 'What is this?' She was on the front alone. She had no other horse to keep her company."

Miss Norman will be sent to Churchill Downs this weekend.

Norman said he would ask racing officials at Churchill Downs for permission to work Miss Norman between races on April 29 or 30 in an effort to see if she reacts to the crowd.

Miss Norman has one victory in six starts, an allowance race at Del Mar last summer. In four stakes starts, her best finish was a second to Folklore in the Grade 1 Matron Stakes last September. In recent weeks, Miss Norman had been in training in Southern California.

Miss Norman's start in the Fantasy Stakes was her first for Karin Long, who formerly worked at Creston Farm in central California and recently began working as a trainer for Norman.

Bordonaro targets July for next start

Bordonaro, who won his fourth consecutive stakes in the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park last Thursday, is likely to make his next start in July, trainer Bill Spawr said over the weekend.

Spawr said that Bordonaro will be nominated for the $100,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 13, but may pass that race in favor of the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at six furlongs at Calder on July 15 or the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar that month.

In the long term, Bordonaro is under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in November, but must be supplemented. "If he earns his way and is running well, we'll do it," Spawr said.

Bordonaro has won 8 of 10 starts and $462,164 for owner-breeders Fred Carrillo and Daniel Cassella. He lost his debut at Santa Anita in February 2005 and finished fourth in the restricted Pirate's Bounty Handicap at Del Mar last September.

Upset spurs record show payoff

A record payoff for a $2 show bet at Santa Anita was set in Saturday's first race, when Der Ali pulled an upset, beating a field that included the heavily bet Denied.

Der Ali returned $139.20 to show, crushing the previous record of $104.60 set by Playmay in 1938.

Denied, sent off at 1-5 in pursuit of his fourth consecutive win, drew $166,832 of the $176,163 bet to show. He finished fourth after contesting the lead in early stretch and fading quickly. Trainer Kristin Mulhall said that Denied bled.

Der Ali ($59.40 to win) led throughout. Runner-up Royal Classic, an 8-1 shot, paid $42.20 to place, and 15-1 Freedom's Key finished third and paid $60.20.

Yakteen has triple threat on turf

Stratham, the winner of the La Puente Stakes on turf on Saturday, is bound for Hollywood Park, where trainer Tim Yakteen said that his stable will have a major presence in 3-year-old turf stakes.

Yakteen and owner Jerry Jamgotchian have three candidates for turf stakes, including Global Genius, who finished last in the La Puente, and Past Tender, a winner in England last year who has yet to start in this country.

Yakteen said that Past Tender may start in the Harry Henson Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf on April 28.

Stratham has won two turf stakes since arriving from England last fall. He won the restricted Pinjara Stakes in his debut last October and then missed a few starts over the winter because of bad weather and the absence of turf racing at Hollywood Park.

Pick six returns more than $91,000

Sunday's pick six, which offered a pool of $4,067,295, returned $91,977.40 to 30 ticketholders. Bettors on Sunday added $2,940,850 to the pool after a three-day carryover of $1,126,445 from Thursday through Saturday.

Sunday's pick six did not start out easy. Beginning with the fourth race, the winners were Super Cover ($28.80), Chief Trader ($17.40), Little Boss Chick ($9.60), Cambiocorsa ($5.20), Cronenbold ($7.80), and Papanonie ($5.80). Cambiocorsa and Papanonie were favored, and Little Boss Chick and Cronenbold were the second choices.

Going into the last race, the track announced that wins by two outsiders - Tuggles of War and Pop Icon - would have led to a carryover of more than $2.7 million. Pop Icon finished ninth, and Tuggles of War finished 12th.

T.H. Approval tops San Juan

The Santa Anita winter-spring meeting ends Sunday.

The final day's feature is the $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap at about 1 3/4 miles on turf, the longest stakes of the meeting. The field is led by defending champion T.H. Approval, who has finished second in the San Luis Obispo and San Luis Rey handicaps at this meeting.

Saturday's top race is the $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Argentina, the runner-up in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap in her U.S. debut last month, is a top contender against a field expected to include Aubonne, Hallowed Dream, and Sharp Lisa.