12/28/2006 1:00AM

Optari searching for room to run


ARCADIA, Calif. - The stretch run of the first division of the Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 24 seemed to last forever for trainer Don Chatlos.

His horse, Optari, was well-placed turning for home but was blocked for nearly a furlong under jockey David Flores. The 2-1 favorite, Optari finished sixth.

The trouble will be fresh in the minds of bettors in Saturday's $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita.

"We never really got to run," said Chatlos, reflecting on the Generous. "He was bottled up the whole way. He was a little rank early in that race. Flores tried to get him covered up, and he got stuck in the same spot."

For the Logan, Optari must have a better trip. The Logan has drawn a field of 12, and strategy and luck will play a vital role.

"We changed equipment, and he's relaxing in his works now," Chatlos said. "I don't think he'll need to be tucked in."

Richard Migliore rides Optari, who races for the partnership of Sanford Robbins and IEAH Stables.

The Logan, named for Santa Anita's 96-year-old shoeshine man, has drawn a strong field, including Freesgood, Sevengoldmissiles, and Unusual Suspect.

Freesgood is making his turf debut. The winner of the California Cup Juvenile here in October, he finished fifth in the Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana on Dec. 1.

Sevengoldmissiles finished third in the second division of the Generous Stakes, losing by 1 1/2 lengths to Whatsthescript. Trained by Gary Mandella, Sevengoldmissiles led on the final turn, but could not keep pace late.

Sevengoldmissiles inherited the lead in the Generous - after the breakdown of Edwardian on the backstretch - and Mandella said he would prefer that Sevengoldmissiles race from farther off the pace.

"He's not a horse that has to be up there," Mandella said. "I think you can put him wherever you want. He would have been better with a target in front of him."

Unusual Suspect was second in the first division of the Generous Stakes and returned to finish seventh in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 16.

Jump On In makes it look easy

Jump On In is bound for the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 15 after scoring an easy win in a $50,300 allowance race for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Jump On In ($2.60) led throughout, finishing six furlongs in 1:09.16. Jump On In fought with Free Bird Fly on the backstretch and with Forest Huntress on the turn before pulling clear to win by five lengths over Free Bird Fly.

Trained by John Sadler for CRK Stables, Jump On In has won 2 of 4 starts and $86,800.

Purchased for $410,000 at the 2006 Barretts May sale of 2-year-olds in training, Jump On In had finished fifth in the Del Mar Debutante in September and second in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park in November.

"We just wanted to get her back starting and get her back winning," Sadler said.

Latent Heat could wait for San Carlos

Latent Heat, the winner of Tuesday's Grade 1 Malibu Stakes, may not start again until the $150,000 San Carlos Handicap over seven furlongs on Feb. 17, trainer Bobby Frankel said Thursday.

Frankel said he is unlikely to try Latent Heat in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes for 4-year-olds on Jan. 13, since Latent Heat would have to race on only 18 days' rest.

Looking farther into 2007, Frankel said he hopes to run Latent Heat in the seven-furlong Carter Handicap and the Metropolitan Mile Handicap in New York in the spring.

"I know he's good at one-turn," Frankel said. "I'm sure he could go two turns. If we can win the Met Mile, it would be a real bonus."

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Latent Heat has won 5 of 9 starts and $267,400. The Malibu was his first stakes win.

Brother Derek, who finished a troubled seventh as the favorite in the Malibu, may start in the San Fernando, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

"We knew going into the Malibu that seven-eighths might not work," Hendricks said. "I think it was how the race unfolded more than anything."

Brother Derek has lost his last six starts, including fourth-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and a fifth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

* Wonder Lady Anne L, the winner of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park in July, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 at Hollywood Park on Thursday.

Trained by Richard Dutrow, Wonder Lady Anne L has won 3 of 13 starts and $441,488. She has not started since finishing sixth in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga in August.