08/31/2004 11:00PM

Our New Recruit near return

Our New Recruit, here winning the Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March, has not raced since. His trainer, John Sadler, is considering the BC Sprint.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Our New Recruit, unraced since winning the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai in March, is expected to make a comeback in Monday's $75,000 Pirate's Bounty Handicap at Del Mar.

Trained by John Sadler for CRK Stable, Our New Recruit is a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, depending on how he fares in coming weeks.

Sadler has kept his plans for Our New Recruit guarded in recent months, worried that the Pirate's Bounty Handicap over six furlongs would not draw sufficient entries. But the race drew 21 nominations, high for a Southern California race. "I think it will fill," Sadler said.

As of Wednesday, the probable starters include Bluesthestandard and Marino Marini, the first two finishers of the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita in January, and Rojo Toro and Tough Game. Bluesthestandard was second in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

The Pirate's Bounty is restricted to horses that have not won a stakes worth $50,000 or more to the winner since April 1.

Our New Recruit, 5, won his first stakes in the Golden Shaheen, scoring by two lengths over a fellow American invader, Alke. The victory in the Golden Shaheen, the world's richest sprint, was worth $1.2 million, improving Our New Recruit's earnings to $1,423,120.

Before the Dubai trip, Our New Recruit was second in the Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park and third in the Palos Verdes Handicap. Sadler has mentioned the 2005 Golden Shaheen as a long-range goal for Our New Recruit, but he would like to try the Breeders' Cup Sprint as well.

In Dubai, Our New Recruit was ridden by Alex Solis, who is sidelined because of a back injury suffered in late July. Tyler Baze, the leading rider at Del Mar, will ride Our New Recruit in Monday's race.

UAE Derby winner nears U.S. debut

Lundy's Liability, another winner from the Dubai World Cup program, could make his U.S. debut in Sunday's $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap.

In March, Lundy's Liability won the $2 million United Arab Emirates Derby over about 1 1/8 miles on dirt. A 4-year-old bred in Brazil, Lundy's Liability has been based with trainer Bobby Frankel since April. Lundy's Liability was trained by South African Michael de Kock when he won the UAE Derby.

"He acts like a nice horse," said Humberto Ascanio, Frankel's assistant trainer. "Every rider I've put on him likes him. I think he's ready. He acts like a professional."

The Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, run over a mile, lacks a standout - three horses share top weight of 117 pounds. All three ran in Dubai this year.

Domestic Dispute, sixth in the Dubai World Cup, returned to finish second in the Pat O'Brien Handicap on Aug. 15. During, sixth in the Godolphin Mile, has run twice at this meeting, finishing third in the San Diego Handicap and fifth in the Pacific Classic on Aug. 22.

Other candidates for the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap are Rushin' to Altar, Supah Blitz, and Touch the Wire.

Touch the Wire, third in the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes last January, worked a half-mile in 46.40 seconds Wednesday, the fastest of 15 works at the distance.

Stevens back at Del Mar

Jockey Gary Stevens has two mounts at Del Mar on Friday, which will mark his return to the United States on a full-time basis following a five-month engagement with top French trainer Andre Fabre.

Stevens, 41, will ride Fairly Run in the $75,000 El Cajon Stakes and Arbun in a $59,000 optional claimer over five furlongs on turf.

Stevens is familiar with Fairly Run. He rode the colt in three races in France, including a victory in an allowance over about a mile on turf in May.

Fairly Run joined trainer Mike Puhich's stable in the summer and finished a troubled sixth in a division of the Oceanside Stakes on turf on July 31. The El Cajon Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on dirt will be Fairly Run's first start on dirt.

Stevens has mounts in the weekend's three major stakes. He rides Fun House in Saturday's $200,000 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap, Rushin' to Altar in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap, and Laura's Lucky Boy in Monday's $400,000 Del Mar Derby.

The derby field will have a safety limit of 10 runners and is likely to have a full field.

The other probable starters include Bedmar, Blackdoun, Fast and Furious, Greek Sun, Lucky Pulpit, Semi Lost, Sujimoto, Terroplane, and Toasted. The English import Place Cowboy is an intended starter if there is a defection.

Patriot's Pass out of action

Patriot's Pass, a promising 3-year-old trained by Ron McAnally, has been sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed injury, McAnally said.

The injury was diagnosed after Patriot's Pass finished second in a $64,200 optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles on turf on Aug. 1. Patriot's Pass had won his two preceding starts, a maiden race and a first-condition allowance race at Hollywood Park.

Patriot's Pass was eligible for Friday's El Cajon Stakes.

McAnally declined to reveal the injury but said it would keep Patriot's Pass from starting in the Strub Series at Santa Anita this winter.

"He'll need a lot of time off," McAnally said.

Krikorian Sr. dies at age 89

George Krikorian Sr., the father of racehorse owner George Krikorian, died Sunday in Vista, Calif., after a battle with cancer. Krikorian was 89.

According to his son, Krikorian retired as a Thoroughbred trainer in the early 1980's after training at such New England tracks as Lincoln Downs, Narragansett Park, Rockingham Park, and Suffolk Downs.

A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday in Oceanside. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to the St. John Garabed Armenian Church, 4473 30th St., San Diego, CA 92116.