04/08/2002 12:00AM

No Derby for also-rans


ARCADIA, Calif. - The five horses that finished worse than third in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby are not expected to start in the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Race plans for a few of those colts have yet to be finalized, but several of their trainers were realistic in their assessment of Saturday's race. The horses finished four lengths to 11 lengths behind Came Home.

So far, only the first three - Came Home, Easy Grades and Lusty Latin - will move on the Kentucky Derby. Plans for the othes range from races at Hollywood Park to races throughout the Midwest.

Mayakovsky, the fourth-place finisher, who is owned by Michael Tabor, will ship to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

"But that doesn't mean we will run in the Derby," trainer Patrick Biancone said. "I need to talk with Michael Tabor and we need to assess."

Biancone said Mayakovsky's stumble at the start hurt the colt's chances. He recovered to lead, but faded in the final sixteenth. Biancone said Mayakovsky emerged without injury.

"I don't know if he could get the mile and an eighth," Biancone said. "Fortunately, when he stumbled he didn't hurt himself. He's 100 percent. The horse is most important."

U S S Tinosa finished fifth after encountering trouble on the first turn. The colt was scheduled to return to northern California early this week, but plans for him are unclear, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. He was leaning against running in the Kentucky Derby.

"It would be hard to go off that race," Hollendorfer said. "I don't know how much the trouble cost us. We want to let things settle before we decide."

Sixth-place finisher Jack's Silver will be pointed for the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds at Hollywood Park on April 28, while Proud Citizen, who was seventh, is expected to join trainer D. Wayne Lukas in Kentucky. Proud Citizen's next race is uncertain.

Last-place finisher Danthebluegrassman will run in the $500,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park on May 11, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

Danthebluegrassman had a rough start and was in trouble on the first turn. He was not a factor after that. "It was pretty tough on old Dan," Baffert said. "He got his air shut off. I think we're headed for Lone Star."

Van Berg expected back soon

While Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg remains suspended for failing to complete payments to a veterinarian, his son, Tim, has kept the stable operating.

Sunday, Tim Van Berg saddled the winners of the late double - Slewston ($16) in the eighth race and Look at the Board ($25.20) in the ninth.

Between the victories, Tim Van Berg said his father could resume training soon, pending the sale of the family's 500-acre farm in Hesperia, Calif. Tim Van Berg said part of the proceeds of the sale will be used to get Jack Van Berg's training license reinstated. Jack Van Berg, who trained 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, had his license suspended in mid-March for failure to sustain payments on bills.

Prior to the suspension, the issue had been before the stewards last summer at Del Mar and in the fall at Hollywood Park.

"As soon as we get the sale of the farm, it will be worked out," Tim Van Berg said. "The sale is supposed to be in escrow."

Jeweled Pirate retired

Jeweled Pirate, who won the California Cup Distaff in 2001, has been retired, trainer Ray Bell said over the weekend.

The 5-year-old Jeweled Pirate will be bred to Albert the Great. Owned by Betty and Robert Irvin, Jeweled Pirate won 4 of 13 starts and $332,610. She finished second to Above Perfection in the Irish O'Brien Stakes on March 17, her final career start.

The Irvins and Bell considered starting Jeweled Pirate in the upcoming California Gold Rush Day at Hollywood Park on April 28, but opted to ship her to Kentucky so she could be bred in time to produce a March foal next year.

Ceeband headed to Churchill

Ceeband, the winner of the California Cup Sprint last November and runner-up to Kalookan Queen in the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 30, is being prepared for the $150,000 Churchill Downs Handicap on May 4, trainer John Sadler said.

The seven-furlong Churchill Downs Handicap is part of the Kentucky Derby undercard.

"We can probably get a rider," Sadler wisecracked.

Sadler said the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday and the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup Handicap at Keeneland on Sunday are too soon. Besides, he said, Ceeband is not eligible for the Breeders' Cup portion of the purse.

"There isn't anything for him early at Hollywood Park," Sadler said.

Grey Memo preps for Hollywood

Grey Memo, the upset winner of the Godolphin Mile at Nad Al Sheba on March 23, breezed a half-mile in 51 seconds on Sunday, his first workout since returning to the United States.

Trainer Warren Stute said he does not have a race in mind for the 5-year-old Grey Memo. "He'll run at Hollywood Park," Stute said. "We'll see what comes up."

Possibilities include the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on May 12 and the $500,000 Californian Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on June 15.

Track handles $24 million

Saturday's Santa Anita Derby program generated the seventh-highest mutuel handle in track history, $24,060,718. The figure was the third-highest for a Santa Anita Derby program.

The track announced an ontrack attendance of 36,025, but the figure was inflated by customers who went through the turnstiles several times to collect promotional t-shirts that were included in the price of admission.