05/29/2005 11:00PM

Osidy climbs barn's depth chart

Benoit & Associates
Osidy (left), a 3-year-old with a future, wins the Will Rogers on Saturday at Hollywood Park. He is owned by B. Wayne Hughes, who also owns Kentucky Derby runners Greeley's Galaxy and Don't Get Mad.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Racehorse owner B. Wayne Hughes has amassed a remarkably deep team of 3-year-olds this year, and the best of the bunch may be the least known.

Saturday, Osidy, a wintertime import from France, won his first stakes in the Grade 3 Will Rogers Stakes over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park, leaving Hughes wondering if the colt is superior to his two Kentucky Derby runners, Don't Get Mad and Greeley's Galaxy.

"I think he's the best one," Hughes said of Osidy. "He should be undefeated."

Osidy definitely joins good company. In April, Hughes watched Greeley's Galaxy win the $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne and Don't Get Mad win the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs. In the Kentucky Derby, Don't Get Mad finished fourth and Greeley's Galaxy finished 11th.

Of the three, Osidy has kept the lowest profile. Trained by Richard Mandella, Osidy was favored in the Will Rogers. He rallied from sixth in a field of eight to win by a head over Willow o Wisp.

"He's still got a lot of learning to do," Mandella said. "He'll get better as he goes along, I think."

The race marked Osidy's second start in the United States. On April 22 Osidy had a troubled start and finished second in the Harry Henson Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf. He made up seven lengths in the final furlong to lose by 1 1/4 lengths.

Hughes says that Osidy, who is by Storm Cat, could try dirt at some point. But for now, Osidy will stay on grass and be pointed for the $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf here June 26.

A long-range goal is the $400,000 Del Mar Derby over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Sept. 5.

Hughes's other top colts will remain on dirt. Don't Get Mad, trained by Ron Ellis, is being pointed for the $200,000 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 18.

Greeley's Galaxy, who ran seventh in the Preakness Stakes, is training at Hollywood Park, but there are no specific goals for him, according to trainer Warren Stute.

Rock Hard Ten struggling

Mandella has all but abandoned a summer campaign for Rock Hard Ten, the top older horse in California.

Unraced since winning the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, Rock Hard Ten has suffered from aches and pains since resuming serious training earlier this spring, Mandella said.

Rock Hard Ten, 4, is only tack-walking at Mandella's Santa Anita barn this week, but will resume jogging in coming days

The long-term goal remains the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. A start in the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 21 is doubtful. The Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita in October is a possible prep for Rock Hard Ten for the Breeders' Cup Classic, Mandella said.

"It would be nice to run in the Pacific Classic, but it doesn't seem likely with the problems we've had," Mandella said.

Rock Hard Ten breezed once in May, going three furlongs. Following that race, Rock Hard Ten was taken out of training.

"He's just gets stiff all over," Mandella said. "He's got aches and pains we have to deal with."

Frankel O-fer ends

Trainer Bobby Frankel won his first race of the Hollywood Park meeting with Qsar in Sunday's fourth race, but the race was marred by the breakdown of All the Boys.

All the Boys, trained by Jeff Mullins for Bob Bone, was euthanized after suffering a leg injury while disputing the lead on the final turn. All the Boys, 8, won 9 of 33 starts and $343,290. He was second in the Grade 1 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita in 2003.

Qsar, who ran the 1 3/16 miles on turf in 1:55.49, gave Frankel his first victory of the meet with his 21st starter. Frankel has taken many of his top horses to New York.

Qsar has won four consecutive starts. A German-bred 4-year-old, Qsar was a stakes winner at Baden-Baden, Germany, last year.

Cerin and Dolan penalized

Trainers Vladimir Cerin and John Dolan have been sanctioned by the California Horse Racing Board after horses they started in the spring of 2003 were found to have tested positive for an excessive amount of clenbuterol.

Horses are allowed to have trace levels of clenbuterol in post-race blood and urine tests. Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator used to aid horses with breathing problems.

In both instances, the horses were disqualified from purse money, forcing a redistribution of purses.

Cerin was fined $4,000 as part of a stipulated agreement with the CHRB after a post-race urine test taken from Atouratoura revealed the excessive levels. Atouratoura won the first race at Hollywood Park on May 1, 2003.

The $16,800 portion of the purse earned by Atouratoura has been ordered redistributed.

Dolan was fined $1,000 and suspended for 30 days - from May 25 to June 23 - after his case was heard by an administrative law judge and later adopted by the CHRB. Dolan was cited after a post-race urine test taken from Alices Silver Lady revealed the excessive amount of clenbuterol.

Alices Silver Lady finished second in the second race at Santa Anita on April 20, 2003. Alices Silver Lady earned $9,600 for the runner-up finish. The money has been ordered redistributed to the second- through fifth-place finishers.

Espinoza and Gomez get days

Jockeys Victor Espinoza and Garrett Gomez each received a three-day suspension from the Hollywood Park stewards.

Espinoza was cited for causing interference aboard Can't Be Denied, who finished last in a field of six in the first race on May 22. The suspension begins on Wednesday and continues through Friday.

Gomez was cited for causing interference aboard Rapid Romanza, who was disqualified from first to second in the ninth race last Saturday. Rapid Romanza bumped with Gone Quiet in the stretch of a maiden claimer for sprinters.

Gomez's suspension begins on Thursday and continues through Saturday. He remains eligible to ride Saturday's $200,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap because it is a designated, or graded, stakes.