06/28/2007 11:00PM

Organ Pipe sharp but unproven


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Organ Pipe's recent form makes him a top contender in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on Sunday. The race is run over 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds, and will be used by some runners as a prep to the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar July 18.

Jeff Mullins, who trains Organ Pipe, is not thinking that far ahead, at least not yet.

"I don't know if he is that good," he said. "We'll let him prove it to us. If not we'll run him for $50,000."

Organ Pipe, second in four of his last five starts, won a maiden claimer at Turf Paradise in January, and has shown improvement in recent starts. He was beaten two lengths by Oceanside-bound Vauquelin in an allowance race over a mile here on June 10. The fourth-place finisher from that race, Unusual Suspect, returned to win an allowance race on Wednesday and is a candidate for the Oceanside.

Sunday's race drew a full field of 14 plus one also-eligible, and the race will have at least one scratch. T'aint War Sire, who drew the rail, will not start and will be pointed for an allowance race on the main track in the coming days, trainer Ron McAnally said.

Other contenders include Hoist the Sail, third behind Organ Pipe on June 10; Esoteric Thinker and Frank the Barber, who defeated maidens in their previous start; Yankee Bay, a game third in an allowance race on May 23; and Daytona, who was fourth in his U.S. debut on May 27.

Dollase likes Cry and Catch Me

Cry and Catch Me, a promising first-time starter, is one of six entrants in a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds fillies over 5 1/2 furlongs in Sunday's first race, and trainer Craig Dollase thinks she can win.

Owned by David and Paula Mueller, Cry and Catch Me was purchased for $150,000 at the 2006 Keeneland September yearling sale. She has worked quickly in the last two months.

"She works well and she trains well," Dollase said. "Mike Smith worked her the other day and he liked her. I think she can definitely jump up and win."

Dollase was pleased that Cry and Catch Me drew post 5 in a field of six. The race includes Tasha's Miracle and Thankfully, who were second and third in a maiden race on June 2, and Mystic Geisha, a Tale of the Cat filly who has worked well for her debut for trainer John Sadler.

Somethinaboutlaura leans to A Gleam

Somethinaboutlaura, a nine-time stakes winner, is likely to start in Friday's $150,000 A Gleam Handicap over seven furlongs on the main track instead of the $750,000 CashCall Mile on turf on the same evening, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

Hollendorfer and the partnership that owns the 5-year-old mare have weighed both races and are leaning toward the Grade 2 A Gleam, which Somethinaboutlaura won in 2006, her most prestigious victory.

"We wanted to be invited to the [CashCall Mile] to have a decision," Hollendorfer said.

The CashCall Mile is expected to include the 2006 champion 3-year-old filly Wait a While and the 2006 Gradeo1 winners Dancing Edie and Price Tag. Somethinaboutlaura will be a leading contender in the A Gleam Handicap.

King's Drama dies after surgery

King's Drama, a stakes winner in California, France, and New York, died in the spring from complications of an injury suffered after a surgery, trainer Bobby Frankel said.

King's Drama, 7, raced for Gary Tanaka and won 10 of 31 starts and $1,157,916. He underwent surgery to repair a ligament near a knee when he suffered an injury "while getting up from surgery," Frankel said.

King's Drama won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Handicap at Saratoga in 2005 and the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap at Santa Anita in 2006. In his final start, he finished 11th in the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz Jr. Handicap at Fair Grounds in March.

In Europe, King's Drama won the Group 3 Prix de la Jonchere in France in 2003.

Desire to Excel vs. Into Reality

Monday's eight-race program is highlighted by the $75,000 Honest Lady Handicap for 3-year-old fillies over six furlongs. The field of seven includes the stakes winners Desire to Excel (2006 Astoria Stakes at Belmont Park) and Into Reality (Dipsea Trail at Golden Gate Fields last month).

There is racing every day at Hollywood Park from Sunday through July 8, with the exception of Tuesday, which is dark.

Owner Shig Katayama dies at 81

Shig Katayama, a partner with Santa Anita president Ron Charles in a racing stable since the early 1980s, died on June 23 of cancer, Charles said on Thursday.

Katayama was 81. Funeral services were held on Thursday.

Katayama, who raced as Clear Valley Stables, was a resident of Arcadia, Calif., at the time of his death. An owner of several businesses, Katayama was successful in the distribution of vending machines that offered instant coffee in Japan, Charles said.

"Business was his life, but he was quite a racing fan," Charles said. "He really loved racing."

Charles and Katayama raced the stakes winners Abaginone, Champion Lodge, Inchacooley, Jahafil, and Uraib.

North Fleet Street's win nullified

The $17,680 purse of a $20,000 maiden claiming race run at Fairplex Park last September has been ordered redistributed after race winner North Fleet Street tested positive for the prohibited drugs norpseudoephedrine and phenylpropanolamine, the Hollywood Park stewards announced in a ruling released on Thursday.

The positive was the result of a post-race urine test.

The two medications are listed as Class 3 drugs. According to a California Horse Racing Board statement released earlier this year, the two medications can be found in urine after the ingestion of herbal products containing ephedra.

The stewards' ruling ordered the purse redistributed to the owners of the original second- through sixth-place finishers - Aztec Chief, Always Say Yes, Kissthestargoodby, C D O'Sullivan, and Jet Brella.