10/14/2002 11:00PM

No. 1 for Mulhall has Sentimental Value


ARCADIA, Calif. - Bobby Frankel, the Hall of Fame trainer, and Kristin Mulhall, who at 20 is the youngest trainer in Southern California, both reached milestones on Monday at Santa Anita.

Both saddled winners of divisions of the Ramser Handicap for 3-year-old fillies. For Frankel, the win by Kithira in the first division gave him his first win in the Ramser and his 35th career stakes win at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. Frankel, 61, is third on the all-time Oak Tree list behind Charles Whittingham (68) and Ron McAnally (36).

An hour later, Sentimental Value won the second division, giving Mulhall her first career stakes win.

"It felt great," said Mulhall, the daughter of Richard Mulhall, the racing manager for The Thoroughbred Corp.

Kithira ran slightly faster to win the first division, which was considered the stronger race. Making her first start in California, Kithira tracked pacesetter Super High to the top of the stretch, took the lead in the final furlong and won by a length, finishing a mile on turf in 1:33.73 under Patrick Valenzuela.

"The leader wasn't quitting, but my filly was taking two strides to her one," Valenzuela said.

Super High, who was seeking her fourth stakes win of the year, finished a head in front of Cruisille in the field of seven.

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Kithira was a stakes winner in France in August and finished ninth in the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 8. She joined Frankel's California stable in late September.

Frankel was not at Santa Anita to witness the race.

Kristin Mulhall saddled Atarama to a sixth-place finish in the first division, but Sentimental Value came through as the 3-1 favorite in the second division.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Sentimental Value had a trip similar to Kithira's. Sentimental Value stalked pacesetter Shezasummerbreeze to the top of the stretch, took over turning for home, and pulled clear to win by two lengths in 1:33.98. Company B finished second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Dancing in the field of eight.

Sentimental Value arrived from England in late summer and was second in the Finlandia Cup at Del Mar and third in the Carmel Handicap at Bay Meadows in late summer.

"I've always loved this filly," Mulhall said. "I don't think she'll go as far as [Atarama]."

Both Atarama and Sentimental Value are owned by The Thoroughbred Corp.

Focus on Anoakia

One of the highlights of 2001 for trainer Christopher Paasch was sweeping the Anoakia and Sunny Slope Stakes for 2-year-old sprinters during a weekend of the Oak Tree meeting.

This weekend, the two races are being run, and Paasch and his clients are concentrating on Sunday's $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for fillies with Forest Native and Ionia.

Both fit the race well. Forest Native won 2 of 5 starts at Calder before being acquired privately by Mike Shustek. The Anoakia Stakes will be her first start for Paasch.

"We found this filly at the right price, and bought her," Paasch said, though he declined to reveal the specifics of the transaction.

Ionia has been with Paasch all year. She was a 44-1 upset winner of a maiden race at Del Mar on Aug. 4, returned to finish sixth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs, and was a second as a heavy favorite in the Barretts Debutante Stakes at Fairplex Park on Sept. 21.

Paasch insists the six-furlong distance of the Anoakia is best for Ionia, who is owned by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez.

"She can't go seven-eighths of a mile," Paasch said. "At this point, she is best over three-quarters."

The Anoakia Stakes will also include Ain't It Sweep, My Honey Bunny, Puxa Saco, and Segovia.

My Honey Bunny already has made nine starts. She won the Juan Gonzalez Stakes at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton in June and was beaten a nose in the Bustles and Bows Stakes at Fairplex Park in September. She finished fifth in the Black Swan Stakes at Fairplex Park over 1 1/16 miles six days later.

Omega Code would be favored in the Sunny Slope Stakes on Saturday, but he is not expected to run. Omega Code set a six-furlong track record of 1:07.70 in the Ron and Jess Cloud Memorial Stakes at the Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 5.

His expected absence leaves New Mexico invader Roll Hennessy Roll as a contender against Domestic Dispute, Knightsbridge Road, Red Apache, Spensive, and Taliano.

Bosque Redondo close to release

Bosque Redondo, who fractured the sesamoid bones in his right front ankle a few strides after the finish of the Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 25, may leave an Orange County equine hospital in the next week, according to co-owner Trudy McCaffery.

Following the injury, Bosque Redondo had 16 screws and a plate inserted into the lower leg to stabilize the injury. Through the seven weeks since Bosque Redondo underwent surgery, there have been only minor problems such as a recent infection near the cast, McCaffery said.

"It's a little infection, but they're not concerned," she said. "We thought there is no point in bringing him to the ranch until he's 100 percent. You always worry about laminitis but the feet are fine. The hospital has been the best place to keep him."

In coming days, he may be relocated to co-owner John Toffan's ranch in Bradbury, Calif., where he can continue his recovery. Eventually Bosque Redondo will stand at stud, but no plans have been finalized.

The 5-year-old Bosque Redondo won 6 of 17 starts and $478,470. He won two stakes.