07/10/2002 11:00PM

Paying to take a longshot's chance


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The prospect of running in a small field for lucrative prize money led to the supplemental entry on Thursday of longshots in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and the $500,000 Swaps Stakes, both to be run at Hollywood Park on Sunday.

Dig for It, third in the 2001 Pacific Classic at Del Mar and the track record holder over 1 3/16 miles at Hollywood Park, was supplemented to the Gold Cup for $25,000. Gobi Dan, the winner of the California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old males on turf earlier at this meeting, was supplemented to the Swaps for $15,000.

A victory by Dig for It or Gobi Dan would be a shock, but that has not prevented their connections from taking a chance.

Dig for It will face six others, including Milwaukee Brew, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year. Dig for It won his last start, an optional claimer on June 6, in which he was eligible to be claimed for $80,000.

"I'm a gambler," said Bruce Headley, Dig for It's trainer and co-owner. "He loves Hollywood Park. He's got his tail up over his back. We want to be in the Hollywood Gold Cup."

Gobi Dan was fourth in the Snow Chief Stakes on dirt for California-breds on April 28 and sixth in the Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap on turf on June 30.

"There's no place else to run," trainer Paddy Gallagher said. "We're going to stick him in and hope he can pick up something. It's kind of a light field."

Gobi Dan will be a longshot against Came Home, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby, and five others, including the stakes winners Tracemark and Like a Hero.

The Gold Cup is part of a $1 million guaranteed pick six pool. The Swaps Stakes is Sunday's third race and not part of the pick six.

Claim-o-rama misses winner

There were 26 claims placed on four horses in Wednesday's fourth race, for $22,500 to $25,000 claimers, but none was for race winner Midnight Mango.

Runner-up Saint Maxime was taken by a partnership and trainer Bob Hess Jr., in a nine-way shake.

Fourth-place finisher Midnight Meeting and fifth-place finisher Bel Air Belle were taken in seven-way shakes. Midnight Meeting has joined trainer Jedd Josephson, while Bel Air Belle will be trained by Vladimir Cerin. Northglen, who finished last of six, was taken by Don Chatlos in a three-way shake.

Mighty David stuns trainer

Mighty David left trainer Christopher Paasch stunned when he upset Tribal Rule in a six-furlong allowance race on Wednesday. The two fought for the lead before Mighty David prevailed by a neck in 1:08.27, the fastest time of the meeting at the distance.

"You could have blown me over with a feather," Paasch said. "I was close to scratching. I didn't want to run third or fourth."

The 3-year-old Mighty David had been second in his last two starts, including a runner-up finish in the Harry Henson Stakes. Wednesday's performance has Paasch considering a stakes for Mighty David. "I'm still trying to catch my breath," he said.

The Amsterdam Stakes for 3-year-olds over six furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 3 is a possibility.

Trainer Julio Canani said Tribal Rule would be considered for the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar on July 27. Wednesday's race was only the fourth career start for the 6-year-old Tribal Rule.

Desormeaux, Valenzuela suspended

Jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Patrick Valenzuela have received suspensions for riding infractions on July 6, but will be able to ride major stakes this Sunday.

Desormeaux has mounts in three stakes because of the designated race rule, which allows suspended jockeys to ride major stakes.

Desormeaux was suspended five days for his ride in the American Oaks when Dublino was disqualified from first to second for causing interference. His suspension began on Friday and continues through next Friday Valenzuela has been given a stay allowing him to appeal a three-day suspension for causing interference aboard D'wildcat in Saturday's Triple Bend Handicap. D'wildcat finished second, but Valenzuela was ruled to have caused interference to Kona Gold, who finished sixth.


Major stakes winners Beat Hollow and Farda Amiga worked on Thursday at Hollywood.

Beat Hollow, trained by Bobby Frankel, worked six furlongs in 1:14 and is preparing for the Eddie Read Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Del Mar on July 28.

Farda Amiga worked five furlongs in 1:00.40, and is being pointed for the Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga on Aug. 17. She has not started since winning the Kentucky Oaks on May 3.

At Santa Anita, Congaree worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds for the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 4.