11/15/2007 12:00AM

Nashoba's Key eyes Dahlia

EmailINGLEWOOD, Calif. - Nashoba's Key, who suffered the first loss of her eight-race career when fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Monmouth Park, may run at Hollywood in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap on Dec. 16, trainer Carla Gaines said.

Nashoba's Key, 4, is in training with Gaines at Santa Anita. The Dahlia Handicap is a 1 1/16-mile turf race. The main goal over the next few months is the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf over 1o1/8 miles at Santa Anita on Jan. 26.

"I wanted to give her a little break, but she wants to do more," Gaines said.

The Sunshine Millions program is run for California-breds and Florida-breds. Nashoba's Key is the leading female money earner among California-breds this year.

Gaines said the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes over a mile on turf on Nov. 25 is too short for Nashoba's Key. "I don't want to drop her back in distance against Grade 1 horses," Gaines said.

Owned by breeder Warren Williamson, Nashoba's Key, 4, has won 7 of 8 starts and $972,090. She won five stakes earlier this year, including the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes on turf at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting in September, and the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap here on the synthetic main track in July.

In the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Nashoba's Key finished two lengths behind Lahudood on a soft turf course.

"I'm throwing out the Breeders' Cup," Gaines said.

Supplemental entries at deadline

Six horses were supplemented at the Wednesday deadline to next week's three Grade 1 turf stakes races, stakes coordinator Dan Eidson said Thursday. Included in the bunch is Independent George, who will start as a longshot in the $400,000 Citation Handicap for older horses next Friday.

Independent George was fourth in the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland in his last start. Corey Nakatani has the mount in the Citation for trainer Graham Motion, who is sending several other horses here for the winter.

Two other horses were supplemented for $8,000 to the Citation - Proudinsky, trained by Bobby Frankel, and Zann, trained by Mike Machowsky. Others pointing for the Citation include Crested, Palace Episode, and Silent Name.

Naissance Royal, who won the Las Palmas Handicap on closing weekend at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, has been supplemented for $10,000 to the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes on Nov. 25. She is trained by Christophe Clement, who also is expected to have Vacare in the Matriarch. Others pointing for the Matriarch include Citronnade, Lady of Venice, Precious Kitten, and Eclipse Award winner Wait a While.

Mostacolli Mort and Twilight Meteor were supplemented for $10,000 apiece to the $500,000 Hollywood Derby, also on Nov. 25.

Others pointing for the Hollywood Derby include Nobiz Like Shobiz, Daytona, Patch of Blue, and Worldly, who worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:26.80 on Thursday at Hollywood Park for trainer Ben Cecil.

Valenzuela makes the rounds

In preparation for resuming his career locally on Saturday, jockey Patrick Valenzuela was making the rounds Thursday morning at Hollywood Park, working horses and shaking more hands than a politician running for office. He has two scheduled mounts on Saturday, Caddymaster in the seventh race and Obrigado in the eighth.

Obrigado won the San Luis Obispo Handicap earlier this year, but is winless in four starts since. He was originally scheduled to be ridden by Joe Talamo, but after taking the call, Talamo was hit with a suspension.

Valenzuela jumped in for Obrigado's trainer, Neil Drysdale, who used Valenzuela on Becrux in last year's Woodbine Mile when Valenzuela made one of his many previous comebacks.

"You have to love his enthusiasm," John O'Donoghue, Drysdale's top assistant, said Thursday morning. "He's as enthusiastic as a teenager."

Saturday's eighth race is topped by Storm Military, an Argentine import who was second in the War Chant Stakes on Oct. 13 at Santa Anita in his first start in this country and for Frankel.

Masterpiece goes unchallenged

Masterpiece, the winner of Wednesday's seventh race, may return in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap on Dec. 8 after trainer Peter Eurton described the victory as "the best race he's run since I've had him."

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Masterpiece ($7) took the lead on the first turn and was never challenged, drawing off to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Sohgol, a 5-year-old mare. While he did not switch leads in the stretch, Masterpiece finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.27.

Masterpiece won the Brubaker Handicap on turf at Del Mar during the summer, and was fourth in the Robert Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne on Sept. 29.

The Native Diver is run over 1 1/8 miles and could provide Masterpiece with an elusive graded stakes win in the United States. He was a Grade 1 winner in Argentina in 2004.

"I'd never thought he could go a mile and an eighth, but the way he ran today, you never know," Eurton said.

Masterpiece, 7, has won 7 of 22 starts and $168,874 in a career plagued by bleeding problems. He has won 2 of 4 starts and $101,793 this year.

Quinonez, Talamo get days

Quinonez and Talamo have received three-day suspensions.

Quinonez was cited for causing interference aboard race winner Standing High in the ninth race last Sunday.

Standing High, a 53-1 shot, won a maiden race for 2-year-old over 1 1/16 miles on turf by a nose. Standing High drifted out in the stretch, but the stewards allowed the results to stand. Standing High was Quinonez's third winner on Sunday, the first time he has ridden a triple in California, having previously ridden in Kentucky.

The suspension begins next Wednesday and continues through Friday. There is a chance that Quinonez could appeal the suspension, according to his agent, Brandon O'Bryan.

Talamo has dropped an appeal of a three-day suspension issued during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 13. His revised suspension begins Saturday and continues through Wednesday.

o The Green Monkey, the $16 million 2-year-old purchase last year, worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Thursday morning for trainer Todd Pletcher, who sent colt west with assistant Michael McCarthy. The Green Monkey is 0 for 2 lifetime, with both starts coming in New York.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman