10/18/2004 12:00AM

Musical Chimes passes on BC

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Ex-claimer Areyoutalkintome (2) wins the Cal Cup Sprint. Next goal: the Malibu in December.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Musical Chimes, the winner of the Grade 2 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile against males on Oct. 9, will not start on the Breeders' Cup program at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, trainer Neil Drysdale said Sunday.

The 4-year-old Musical Chimes will instead be pointed for the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes, a Grade 1 for fillies and mares over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28. Last year, Musical Chimes finished second in the Matriarch.

The decision was made over the weekend, ending days of speculation about Musical Chimes' status for the Breeders' Cup. She could have started against males in the Mile or in the Filly and Mare Turf at about 1 3/8 miles.

"She will not run in the Breeders' Cup," Drysdale said. "She stays in training next year."

The absence of Musical Chimes robs the Breeders' Cup of one of the nation's top turf females. Earlier this year, Musical Chimes won the Grade 1 John Mabee Handicap at Del Mar over 1 1/8 miles.

Owned by Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Gainsborough Farm, Musical Chimes has won 4 of 16 starts and $954,489. Last year, she won the French 1000 Guineas.

Mandella: Pleasantly Perfect's work 'terrific'

Pleasantly Perfect, the top contender for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, worked 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.60 on Saturday. The workout was moved up a day to avoid wet conditions on Sunday.

Trainer Richard Mandella considered Saturday's workout to be vital for Pleasantly Perfect's preparation for the Classic. Mandella timed Pleasantly Perfect galloping out 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.

"It went terrific," he said. "This was the big workout that he needed."

Mandella said Pleasantly Perfect will have one more workout at Santa Anita before being shipped to Texas.

Island Fashion has maintenance drill

Braving a wet track rated good, Island Fashion worked three furlongs in 36.80 seconds on Monday morning at Santa Anita in her penultimate workout in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

Island Fashion is coming off a victory in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Marcelo Polanco, who trains Island Fashion, said the work was "nice and easy."

"The rail was closed. It was just opened to the outside," Polanco said. "It was just a maintenance work. Her final work will be Sunday."

Kerwin John rode Island Fashion in the Lady's Secret, but Polanco said no decision had yet been made on who would ride Island Fashion in the Breeders' Cup.

Irish Warrior retires at 6

Irish Warrior, the winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap in 2003 and the Turf Paradise Breeders' Cup Handicap this year, has been retired, trainer Wally Dollase said.

Irish Warrior had not started since the summer. He will go to stud next year, but plans have not been finalized, Dollase said. A 6-year-old owned by a partnership, won 7 of 26 starts and $761,654.

Irish Warrior was in training this fall when Dollase decided to end his career a few months earlier than previously scheduled.

"We were bringing him back when we had a recurrence of a problem that we had," he said. "He was tough as nails. We got a lot of races out of him."

Cal Cup winners to scatter

The winners of Saturday's stakes on the California Cup program will scatter across the country in coming months.

Cozy Guy, who won his first stakes in the $250,000 , will be pointed for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic for California-breds and Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29.

"How can you not look at that?" trainer Dan Hendricks said.

Cozy Guy was a 20-1 winner in the Classic, fighting off a determined Lava Man. The victory is the first stakes win for owners Jeff and Lance Hayes and Jerry and Dan Higman.

Hendricks would like to give Cozy Guy a prep race at the Hollywood Park fall meeting or the early days of the Santa Anita winter meeting before traveling to Florida. "We'll try to go into Florida with more credentials," Hendricks said.

Cozy Guy won a one-mile turf race for $62,500 claimers at Del Mar on Aug. 27 and returned to finish second in the Pomona Derby. After that Hendricks changed the way Cozy Guy was trained.

"We lightened up on him and didn't work him between starts," he said. "Sometimes, it works out."

Runner-up Lava Man may also be pointed for the Sunshine Millions Classic, trainer Doug O'Neill said. Like Cozy Guy, Lava Man was a claimer during Del Mar. He was taken for $50,000 on Aug. 13 and started twice at Fairplex Park, winning the Derby Trial and finishing third in the Pomona Derby.

"It wasn't that long ago we were talking that if it didn't work out at Pomona, we could run him for $62,500," O'Neill said.

O'Neill won the $150,000 with Areyoutalkintome, who was claimed for $32,000 last December. O'Neill has the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 as a goal for Areyoutalkintome.

winner Lady Truffles, trained by John Sadler, will point for the fillies division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes at seven furlongs in late December. She may have a prep race at Hollywood Park in the fall, Sadler said.

Race winners A to the Z are expected to start in stakes at Hollywood Park and Louisiana.

A to the Z will be pointed for the Sunshine Millions Turf, which will be run at Santa Anita on Jan. 29. He may start in the $400,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27, a Grade 1 at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Our Mango will return to trainer Steve Specht's base in northern California. Specht said she will be pointed for sprint stakes, with the Cat's Cradle Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 14 a consideration.

Texcess, who won his first race in the Juvenile, may return in the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Dec. 4.

Trainers Jeff Mullins and Juan Garcia did not announce plans for their respective winners - Test the Waters .

Garcia said Dream of Summer will be given a few weeks off and could appear in a variety of races in coming months.

"I'd like to try her on turf," he said. "We've got to try."

Top Money had a fever

Top Money, the morning-line favorite for the California Cup Juvenile, was scratched on Saturday morning after developing a temperature on Friday night, trainer Adam Kitchingman said.

"He got sick last night on us," Kitchingman said Saturday. "He didn't eat up at all last night. He'll be fine. It's just a little bad news."

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Top Money is unbeaten in three starts and has earned $94,560. He beat claimers in his first two starts and won the I'm Smokin Stakes for statebreds at Del Mar on Sept. 6.

* The pick six pool at Santa Anita on Saturday reached only $861,020, short of the $1 million guaranteed by track management. The bet was not won on Saturday, creating a carryover of $478,072 for Sunday. The pick six was hit on Sunday - there were 348 winning $2 tickets, each worth $3,314.60.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman