05/29/2008 11:00PM

Monterey Jazz done for 2008


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Monterey Jazz, one of the nation's top main-track milers, sustained a foot injury in a workout at Hollywood Park on May 21 and will be sidelined until the end of the year, trainer Craig Dollase said.

The injury, which was to the coffin bone, was found earlier this week after Monterey Jazz was sent to the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic in Los Olivos, Calif. Monterey Jazz, 4, is expected to miss four to six months of training, but will not need surgery, Dollase said.

"It's an odd injury that you don't see very often," Dollase aid. "He'll be fitted with a special shoe."

The injury eliminates Monterey Jazz from consideration for the Breeders' Cup championship races at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

"This year is out," Dollase said. "We'll do therapy to promote healing, maybe it will come along quicker."

Monterey Jazz has won 6 of 13 starts and $532,740. The current season has been his best, with 2 wins in 3 starts and earnings of $365,000. He won the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita in February, finished 12th in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap in March, but rebounded to win the Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park in April.

Monterey Jazz was being prepared for the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on Memorial Day when the injury occurred in a workout leading to that race, Dollase said.

"It definitely happened in the workout," Dollase said. "My rider said he could feel something the way he pulled up. He jumped off and we walked him back to the barn."

Tyler Baze gets mount on Lava Man

Tyler Baze will ride Lava Man in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 7, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

O'Neill said owners Jason Wood and the Kenly family's STD Racing chose Baze after considering other jockeys, including David Flores, who is booked to ride Artiste Royale in the Whittingham.

"Jason and Steve [Kenly] liked his youthfulness," O'Neill said of Baze. "He's had a lot of luck in turf marathons. We loved the momentum he has right now."

Through Thursday, Baze was tied for third with Victor Espinoza in the jockey standings of the spring-summer meeting with 17 wins, trailing leader Rafael Bejarano (29) and Joe Talamo (19).

Baze rode Lava Man twice in 2004, finishing second in an optional claimer and eighth in the Snow Chief Stakes. Lava Man was claimed by STD Racing and Wood for $50,000 in August 2004 and has since won seven Grade 1 races.

Lava Man worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 at Hollywood Park on Friday. O'Neill timed Lava Man galloping out a mile in 1:39.

Lava Man has lost his last four starts, dating back to his record-equaling third consecutive win in the Hollywood Gold Cup last June. Corey Nakatani has been Lava Man's regular rider from November 2005 until his most recent start in April, a third-place finish in the Khaled Stakes for statebreds.

Flores worked Lava Man in mid-May. At the time, O'Neill did not elaborate on the switch away from Nakatani.

The Grade 1 Whittingham is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf and is one of four stakes on the June 7 program.

The Whittingham field is expected to be led by Champs Elysees, the runner-up in the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap last month.

Ginger Pop targets Flawlessly

Ginger Pop, the front-running winner of an optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies on Thursday, will be pointed for the $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes on July 4, trainer Dan Hendricks said Friday.

Ginger Pop's appearance in that race could add to an already successful spring-summer meeting for Hendricks, who won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile last Monday with Daytona.

Ginger Pop ($5) won for the second time in her four-race career. Ridden by Richard Migliore, she ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.34 and earned an 86 Beyer Speed Figure.

"I think it was a perfect race," Hendricks said. "It was easy on her coming back after 18 days. It looks like things are looking up."

The Flawlessly, restricted to 3-year-old fillies, is run over a mile on turf.

Daytona will be considered for the $250,000 American Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Hollywood on June 28, but Hendricks mentioned the Eddie Read Handicap and Del Mar Mile at Del Mar and the Woodbine Mile in September as other possibilities. The long-term goal is the Breeders' Cup Mile on Oct. 25.

"He'll probably run in a couple of them before the Breeders' Cup," Hendricks said. "We want to see how he's doing for the next week or two."

Brother Derek, the winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby, has resumed training after being sidelined by a quarter crack. Hendricks said he does not have a race in mind for Brother Derek, a 5-year-old multiple stakes winner.

"We got some shoes back on him," he said. "We'll start back and put some pressure on [the foot] and see what happens. He'll be galloping in two or three days if everything looks right."

Baze's suspension reduced by a day

Baze is suspended on Sunday and Wednesday for a disqualification that occurred at Hollywood Park last December. Baze was originally given a three-day suspension for failing to maintain a straight course on All Done Up in the 10th race on Dec. 16, resulting in All Done Up being disqualified from third to 10th.

Baze appealed the ruling to a hearing officer, who recommended the suspension be reduced to two days, a decision recently adopted by the California Horse Racing Board.

* Trainer Ted H. West has been fined $1,000 by Hollywood Park stewards after Joy's Comet, the winner of the second race at Santa Anita on April 17, tested in excess of the permitted level of indomethacin, an anti-inflammatory. Indomethacin is listed as a class 4 medication. Drugs listed in classes 1, 2 and 3 are subject to purse redistribution.

* Jockey agent Craig O'Bryan is representing Aaron Gryder, effectively immediately. Gryder was previously represented by Tony Matos, who continues to book mounts for Victor Espinoza.