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Musical Chimes to face boys again
ARCADIA, Calif. - A week later than planned, Musical Chimes will try to earn her way to the Breeders' Cup with a start against males in Saturday's $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile.
Last week, trainer Neil Drysdale said he intended to supplement Musical Chimes to Sunday's $250,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap on the main track, a plan that was derailed when Musical Chimes filled up with mucus.
The Grade 2 Oak Tree BC Mile, run on turf, is the next option. It will cost $5,000 to supplement Musical Chimes to the race.
Musical Chimes worked seven furlongs Sunday in 1:30.80 in company with two stablemates. The time may seem slow, but it equaled the fastest of seven works at the distance. Musical Chimes was third early, but rallied three wide in the stretch to finish in front of the team.
"That looked pretty good," Drysdale said.
The Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile marks the third start against males this year for Musical Chimes. She was second in an allowance race and seventh in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap during the Hollywood Park meeting in the spring.
Owned by Sheikh Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm, Musical Chimes rebounded to win the Grade 1 John Mabee Handicap at Del Mar in late July. In the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in August, she was sent off as the favorite. Musical Chimes found herself in front early and finished fourth, beaten less than a length. Drysdale immediately dismissed the result.
"She doesn't want to be on the lead," Drysdale said.
A start in the Oak Tree BC Mile does not mean that Musical Chimes is prepping for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30. Drysdale said she could start against females in the $1 million Filly and Mare Turf. Last year at Santa Anita, Musical Chimes finished 11th in the Filly and Mare Turf. The $2 million Distaff on the main track is another possibility.
The Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile will not have a large field. Special Ring, the top miler in California, is passing the race and will make his next start in the BC Mile, trainer Julio Canani said.
Other probable starters include Singletary and Tsigane, who finished second and third in the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park last May, and Cayoke, who was second in the Live the Dream Handicap at Del Mar on Sept. 8. Tsigane, trained by Canani, finished third in the Live the Dream.
Sunday's top race is the $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap over six furlongs, a prep for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The probable starters are Bluesthestandard, Hombre Rapido, Kamsack, Pohave, and Omega Code, who must be supplemented for $5,000.
Dollase to move some horses to Ky.
California trainer Wally Dollase has purchased a home near Louisville, Ky., and will split his stable between Kentucky and California beginning next year.
Dollase said he will ship his 24-horse stable to Kentucky next March in advance of the Keeneland spring meeting and race on that circuit through the fall. Dollase, 67, plans to race in California during the Hollywood Park fall and Santa Anita winter-spring meetings in coming years.
"We've been wanting to do it for years," he said. "It's certainly a challenge, but I think it will be a good move. I enjoy myself back there."
Dollase has trained two champions: Itsallgreektome, the 1990 champion male turf horse, and Jewel Princess, the 1996 champion older female.
In recent years, his stable has included such noteworthy runners as A.P. Adventure, Bare Necessities, Deputy Commander, Good Journey, Irish Warrior, Sharp Cat, and Ten Most Wanted.
Dollase has a promising 3-year-old gelding in Turkish Cavalry, who remained unbeaten after two starts following a two-length win in a one-mile allowance race on turf Saturday. Turkish Cavalry rallied from 10th in a field of 11.
Dollase is pointing Turkish Cavalry to the Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28.
Nakatani seeks restraining order
Jockey Corey Nakatani was expected to seek a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles Superior Court against the California Horse Racing Board by Tuesday to allow him to continue riding while fighting a 30-day suspension.
Nakatani was given the suspension for causing interference that led to a spill at Santa Anita on March 6. Nakatani appealed the decision, but an administrative law judge upheld the decision of the Santa Anita stewards.
Over the weekend, the Santa Anita stewards issued another ruling, suspending Nakatani from Friday until Nov. 7. The suspension allows Nakatani to ride the Breeders' Cup program because the Santa Anita stewards wanted to give Nakatani a suspension similar to the original one, issued in March. Since there is no day as lucrative as the Breeders' Cup in the spring, the stewards chose not to penalize Nakatani on Oct. 30.
Nakatani has three confirmed mounts for the Breeders' Cup: Roman Ruler in the Juvenile, Sweet Catomine in the Juvenile Fillies, and Blackdoun in the Mile.
Two target BC Juvenile Fillies
Two fillies who finished behind Sweet Catomine in Saturday's $200,000 Oak Leaf Stakes may try the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - third-place finisher Memorette and fourth-place finisher Culture Clash.
Runner-up Splendid Blended will be pointed for the Hollywood Starlet Stakes in December, Drysdale said. Splendid Blended was wide on the first turn and finished four lengths behind Sweet Catomine.
"I don't see any reason to go to the Breeders' Cup," Drysdale said. "She was very green."
Memorette, who finished 6 1/2 lengths behind Sweet Catomine, and Culture Clash, beaten 10 1/2 lengths, are candidates for the Juvenile Fillies.
Bill Currin, who trains Memorette, and Marcelo Polanco, who trains Culture Clash, are worried their fillies will not have enough points to earn a spot in the field. Both fillies emerged from the race in good shape, their trainers said.
Pleasantly Perfect works in company
Pleasantly Perfect, a leading candidate for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, worked seven furlongs in company with a stablemate in 1:24.20.
"We let them go pretty much together, and he was the best of his company," said trainer Richard Mandella. "He galloped out a mile in 1:37.80. He did it easy, just beautiful."
During still on for Breeders' Cup
During, scratched from Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap, remains a candidate for the Breeders' Cup, trainer Nick Hines said Sunday.
"I felt he was about 80 percent where I think he needed to be," Hines said, explaining the scratch. "We were trying to see if there was some scratches and the race would open up some more."
Owned by Jim McIngvale, During won the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita in January, but has lost his last five starts. During, 4, ran three times during Del Mar's meet, finishing third in the San Diego and Del Mar Breeders' Cup handicaps and fifth in the Pacific Classic.
McIngvale transferred During and 14 other horses from trainer Bob Baffert to Hines in early September. Sunday, During worked five furlongs in 1:01.20.
"He ran three very tough races at Del Mar," Hines said. "We're pointing for the Breeders' Cup Classic, and we're keeping the Breeders' Cup Mile in check. He's obviously a solid miler, and the mile and a quarter may be farther than he can handle."
Baze gets five-day suspension
Jockey Tyler Baze has been suspended for five days after losing an appeal before an administrative law judge on a suspension issued by Del Mar stewards.
Baze, the leading rider at Hollywood Park during the summer, was suspended after failing to maintain a straight course in a turf race on July 28. The administrative law judge reduced the penalty to five days. The suspension begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday. He will be allowed to ride the Ancient Title and Oak Tree BC Mile because they are designated races that are exempt from routine suspensions.
Lamothe fills director position
Guy Lamothe has been named the executive director of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. The position had been vacant since Drew Couto became TOC president in July.
Lamothe, 40, previously worked at Universal Studios as director of business planning and development for the parks and resorts division. A graduate of UCLA, Lamothe worked as a marketing manager at Santa Anita in the late 1990's.