01/14/2009 12:00AM

Pedroza to be sidelined indefinitely


ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Martin Pedroza will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a fractured pelvis in a post parade accident Sunday, according to his agent, Richie Silverstein.

Pedroza, 43, remained hospitalized early Wednesday, having been transferred from an intensive care unit on Tuesday afternoon, Silverstein said.

Pedroza was injured when he was unseated from the longshot Humane as the horses walked onto the track before the ninth race. Pedroza fell heavily and may have been struck by Humane while on the ground, Silverstein said.

Once Humane ran away from Pedroza, the jockey could be seen reaching for his lower back in pain before receiving attention from ambulance personnel. Pedroza was taken from the track on a stretcher.

"I believe the horse flipped him off and landed on him," Silverstein said. "I don't know the full extent of his injury. He's out indefinitely."

Silverstein was reluctant to guess how long Pedroza would be sidelined. "It's hard to say," he said. "Two months would be the best-case scenario."

Through Sunday, Pedroza was tied for seventh in the jockey standings, with 5 wins from 46 mounts. Pedroza has won 10 consecutive riding titles at the Los Angeles County Fair at Fairplex Park. At that meeting last September, Pedroza won seven races in a day on two occasions, as well as the 3,000th race of his career.

Veterinarians to reassess Cost of Freedom

Owner Gary Barber's legal efforts to have the Grade 1 stakes winner Cost of Freedom removed from the California Horse Racing Board's veterinarian's list has moved from the courtroom back to the racetrack.

Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant denied Barber's petition to have Cost of Freedom removed from the vet's list, but said that racing board veterinarians must observe the gelding walking and jogging on the racetrack within five days. The observation is expected to take place at Santa Anita on Friday.

Barber and trainer John Sadler hope to run Cost of Freedom in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 24, if the gelding can pass a veterinary inspection this weekend.

Barber and Sadler have long contended that Cost of Freedom has an abnormal gait when jogging, which does not occur during workouts or races. Racing board veterinarians said in court documents that Cost of Freedom showed lameness during recent inspections.

"I'm asking them to watch the horse on the track," Barber said Wednesday. "The judge compelled them to watch him walk and jog on the track and not the barn area. Legally, it's in the hands in the vets."

In Tuesday's ruling, Chalfant said the racing board's decision to place Cost of Freedom on the vet's list was "not arbitrary or capricious. Nor has it acted arbitrarily in refusing to take the horse off the List to date."

Cost of Freedom was placed on the vet's list for unsoundness on Oct. 25, the morning he was entered to start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Cost of Freedom was a leading contender for that race, having won the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita in September.

Barber and Sadler attempted to have Cost of Freedom removed from the list in time for the Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 22, but the gelding did not pass inspection. State veterinarian Tim Connor said the gelding did not jog satisfactorily after a workout a few days before that race.

Barber said in November that he submitted Cost of Freedom to a variety of medical tests, including X-rays and an ultrasound, which revealed no injuries. It was at that time he began legal proceedings to have Cost of Freedom removed from the vet's list.

According to court documents, Cost of Freedom was inspected Jan. 1 by the racing board's equine medical director Rick Arthur, who stated the gelding showed an element of lameness.

Sadler said Wednesday that Cost of Freedom will work on Saturday. "The horse is ready to go, if he gets off the list," Sadler said. "I think he looks better. I'm optimistic."

Arthur said Wednesday that he will inspect the horse this weekend, but will leave the official decision on whether to remove Cost of Freedom from the vet's list to acting state veterinarian Jennifer Durenberger or track veterinarian Jill Bailey.

Slew's Tizzy hurt, to miss three months

Slew's Tizzy, winner of the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap last month, will be sidelined for at least three months after suffering an injury in his stall last week, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

Slew's Tizzy, 5, was scratched from Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap, a race in which he was a leading contender. Owned by Joseph LaCombe, Slew's Tizzy has won 5 of 19 starts and $619,619.

O'Neill did not disclose the specifics of the injury.

"He'll need three months, but no surgery is needed," O'Neill said. "Fortunately, the [owner] is patient and we'll take advantage of that."

Feisty Suances may head north for stakes

The appearance of Feisty Suances among the eight colts and geldings entered for Saturday's $100,000 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita does not guarantee his appearance in the Triple Crown prep.

Trainer Darrell Vienna said he is still considering Feisty Suances for the $150,000 California Derby on the same day at Golden Gate Fields.

"My plan was to look at both if I can," Vienna said.

In either race, Feisty Suances will get the toughest test of his career. The one-mile San Rafael feature three stakes winners - Charlie's Moment, Ryehill Dreamer, and Square Eddie, the winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in October.

"These are different horses," Vienna said.

Feisty Suances has won 3 of 4 starts. By Suances, his only loss was a game second to All Saint in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes for statebred males here Dec. 26.

"The stallion gets runners," Vienna said of Suances. "I think he's probably the most precocious of those."

The San Rafael Stakes will not include Frumious, the Northern California-based colt who has won 3 of 5 starts. He has been diagnosed with an ankle injury, trainer Jeff Bonde said.