06/06/2006 12:00AM

A. P. Warrior gets new rider for Affirmed


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A. P. Warrior will have a new rider and Your Tent or Mine will have a clean slate when the two stakes-winning colts meet June 17 in the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood Park. The 1 1/16-mile race kicks off the second half of the season for West Coast 3-year-olds and gives A. P. Warrior a shot at redemption after finishing 18th in the Kentucky Derby.

"I just have to throw that race out, and try to find the right mix," trainer John Shirreffs said.

The immediate change is a rider switch to David Flores, who worked A. P. Warrior six furlongs Tuesday in a bullet 1:12.60. Shirreffs believes A. P. Warrior must use his speed to have his best chance. In the Derby, A. P. Warrior was bumped at the start. Jockey Corey Nakatani told Shirreffs he "got spooked," and the colt failed to reach contention. A. P. Warrior has won 3 of 9 starts, including the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes.

Your Tent or Mine, runner-up in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity in his last start Dec. 17, will start for the first time this year. Your Tent or Mine was knocked off the Derby trail after getting sick and coming up with a foot problem, according to trainer Neil Drysdale, who said Your Tent or Mine now "is well."

Your Tent or Mine won the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue prior to his runner-up finish in the Futurity. He worked six furlongs Monday in 1:15.

Another possible Affirmed starter is Point Determined, who worked a bullet 1:11.40 at Santa Anita on Tuesday for trainer Bob Baffert.

Giacomo working, not ready to go

Giacomo remains in a semi-holding pattern with no set timetable for a comeback, his trainer, Shirreffs, said Tuesday.

"He's just not to the point where I want to lean on him too much," Shirreffs said of the 2005 Kentucky Derby winner.

Giacomo concluded his 3-year-old campaign finishing third in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont, and his 4-year-old campaign has stalled after two starts. Giacomo finished third in the Strub Stakes on Feb. 4 and fifth in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 4.

"I'll keep him on a regular work schedule of five furlongs until he is ready to go," Shirreffs said.

Giacomo worked five furlongs June 1 in 1:03.40.

Squallacious, 2 for 2, to step up into Oaks

Two starts into her career, the 3-year-old filly Squallacious looks like something special. She will have to be special to win the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks on Sunday in her third career start, first around two turns, and only 11 days after an eye-catching allowance win.

"I think she's the best [3-year-old] filly on the grounds; the question is, am I coming back too quick?" trainer Mike Puype said.

Squallacious crushed maidens first out April 29, and came back May 31 with a powerful first-level allowance win that earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure. Puype said Tuesday that barring anything unexpected, Squallacious would stretch out to 1 1/16 miles in the Oaks.

"Schedule-wise it's the only logical spot," he said. "I'm not crazy about 11 days, but it's either run [in the Oaks] or on grass, or go East."

Despite her inexperience, Squallacious could be favored in the Oaks in a field expected to include Bettrarun Fast, Chosen Royalty, Downthedustyroad, and She's an Eleven. Diplomat Lady was "75-25" to be supplemented to the Oaks, trainer Chris Paasch said.

Sise unveils a runner

Trainer Cliff Sise took some good-natured ribbing Friday after a 2-year-old first-time starter of his won by nearly eight lengths. "All the other trainers said even an idiot could train that horse," Sise said.

Funny, the colt's name is Idiot Proof.

A son of Benchmark owned and bred by Marty Wygod, Idiot Proof ran himself into the role as co-favorite for the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship. Idiot Proof overcame a slow start to win the five-furlong maiden race by 7 3/4 lengths in a quick time of 58.11 seconds. Ridden by Pat Valenzuela, Idiot Proof earned an 82 Beyer Figure.

"[Valenzuela] said he hasn't been on a 2-year-old like that in a long time," Sise said. "[Idiot Proof] is not very big, but he's got a long stride. And he's probably the most competitive 2-year-old I've ever had. He wants to be a racehorse - he's happy, and he does everything right."

In the July 4 Hollywood Juvenile, Idiot Proof will meet Diamond Dave, who earned an 85 Beyer in winning his second start May 29.

Attima on the fence for American Oaks

The Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap is the prep for the Grade 1 American Oaks on July 2. But immediately after European import Attima made it 2 for 2 in the U.S. by scoring an impressive win Sunday in the Honeymoon, trainer Julio Canani suggested the Grade 1 American Oaks was not automatically her next start.

"The first time I ran her, she didn't eat for three days. That's why I was worried," Canani said Tuesday. "But she ate up the night she ran, and she ate up again last night."

Attima won the Honeymoon by a measured 1 1/4 lengths, and was under a hold at the finish of the 1 1/8-mile race. The win establishes Attima as a favorite for the 1 1/4-mile, $750,000 American Oaks, but Canani could still wait for Del Mar, instead.

"It's not like it's the end of the year and there are no more races," he said. "I'm going to play it by ear."

* Canani said Gamely Handicap winner Shining Energy will aim for the Grade 3, $750,000 CashCall Mile on July 1.

* Shoemaker Mile runner-up Charmo will not run again at the meet, and will be freshened for a possible start Aug. 26 in the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile.