07/03/2008 11:00PM

Nownownow targeting Swaps


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Nownownow, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Monmouth Park last fall, has joined trainer Jason Orman's stable and is being pointed for the $350,000 Swaps Stakes next Saturday.

Nownownow has made one start this year, finishing fifth in the Irish 2000 Guineas at Leopardstown, Ireland, on May 24 when trained by David Wachman. A winner of 2 of 7 starts and $660,784, Nownownow has had one workout for Orman, five furlongs in 58.20 seconds at Santa Anita on June 29, the fastest of 40 recorded works at the distance.

"He had a really nice work," Orman said. "He worked a little fast."

Orman said Nownownow has been in his stable for three weeks and is one of six horses that he recently added that are owned by Fab Oak Stable. The new horses expanded Orman's stable to 13 horses, he said.

"It's nice to have some new horses," he said.

Nownownow has made one start on a synthetic track, finishing second in a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs in his career debut on Keeneland's Polytrack surface in April 2007. He later won the With Anticipation Stakes on the turf at Saratoga before scoring a 12-1 upset in the BC Juvenile Turf.

Orman said the $400,000 Del Mar Derby on turf on Aug. 31 is a long-term goal.

The Swaps is expected to draw a strong field, led by Colonel John, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby who was sixth in the Kentucky Derby, and Behindatthebar, who has not started since winning the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in April. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Behindatthebar was entered for the Preakness Stakes on May 17, but was withdrawn because of a bruised foot.

The Swaps Stakes is part of the final weekend of the spring-summer meeting. The $150,000 Sunset Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf is the feature on closing day, July 13. The Del Mar meeting begins Wednesday, July 16.

Lang Field returns a winner

Lang Field returned from a layoff of nearly five months to win the $81,075 Ferdinand Handicap on the main track Thursday, his first win since the Grade 1 Citation Handicap on the Hollywood turf in November 2007.

Owned by Nigel Shields, Lang Field led throughout the Ferdinand, winning by 1 1/4 lengths over Tiz Afire. Ridden by Jon Court, Lang Field was timed in 1:42.67 for 1 1/16 miles and paid $5.20.

"Racing at night and on [a synthetic track], there were a few things I was worried about," trainer Art Sherman said.

The Ferdinand was Lang Field's first win on a synthetic track in six races. He ran exclusively on turf from March 2007 until February. The Citation was Lang Field's only stakes win during that span.

The victory has led Sherman to consider main-track races during the Del Mar meeting, pending his impressions of that Polytrack.

Sherman said he does not have a specific race in mind for Lang Field at Del Mar. The track will run its second meeting on a synthetic track this summer. Last year, the Polytrack surface was criticized for inconsistencies - being fast during morning training and noticeably slower in the afternoon. Del Mar officials said earlier this year they will water the course to promote consistency.

"I want to see the Del Mar track and see how it's playing," Sherman said. "I hope it's consistent."

Lava Man drills for Eddie Read

Lava Man, the seven-time Grade 1 winner, breezed a half-mile in 49.40 seconds Friday, preparing for a start in the $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 20.

The workout was the first for Lava Man since he finished a game third, beaten a neck, in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 7, his fifth consecutive loss. The winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup from 2005-07, Lava Man was a candidate for that race on June 28 until trainer Doug O'Neill and the partnership that owns the 7-year-old gelding opted to point for the Eddie Read. O'Neill said he thought Lava Man needed more than three weeks between races after the Whittingham.

O'Neill timed Lava Man galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 on Friday.

"He just kept on going," O'Neill. "He's right on schedule. Eddie Read, here we come."

Go Between eyes Pacific Classic

The most accomplished older horse in California this year lives in the Eastern time zone.

Go Between, winner of the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic in January and the runner-up in the Santa Anita Handicap in March and the Hollywood Gold Cup last weekend, may return to California for the fourth time this year in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 24, trainer Bill Mott said earlier this week.

Go Between was sent to Churchill Downs earlier this week, but will likely be trained in New York in coming weeks, Mott said. A trip to Del Mar is contingent on how the synthetic track there performs.

"If it's as slow as it was last year, I wouldn't come," Mott said. "He wants a fast surface."

In the Gold Cup, Go Between finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Mast Track. The Gold Cup was Mast Track's first start in a Grade 1. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Mast Track is a candidate for the Pacific Classic.

Owned by Peter Vegso, Go Between, 5, has won 7 of 25 starts and $2,183,880.

Tyler Baze to marry

Tyler Baze, who rode Mast Track, is marrying Christina Waugh in a ceremony in Malibu, Calif., on Monday. Through Thursday, Baze, 25, was fifth in the Hollywood jockey standings with 28 wins.

After winning the Gold Cup, Baze said, "This should pay for the wedding."