10/06/2004 11:00PM

Pedroza to reunite with Omega Code

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Martin Pedroza last rode Omega Code when he won the 2003 San Miguel.

ARCADIA, Calif. - He begged, he campaigned, and finally on Thursday jockey Martin Pedroza persuaded trainer Wesley Ward to let him ride Omega Code in Sunday's $250,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita.

Ward had considered several riders throughout the week for the 4-year-old colt, who returns to the track where he won his biggest race. Under Pedroza, Omega Code won the San Miguel Stakes in 2003.

Since then, Omega Code has struggled in top company, but Ward and Pedroza are optimistic that a start in the Grade 1 Ancient Title will work for Omega Code, who will be retired to stud in Kentucky at the end of the year.

A win or placing on Sunday could lead to a start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.

"He needs to be one, two, or three," Ward said. "It looks like he's ready to run. It's a question of getting it done. This is his track."

As of Thursday, the probable starters for the Ancient Title were Bluesthestandard, During, Hombre Rapido, Kamsack, Omega Code, and Pohave. Like Omega Code, During must be supplemented for a cost of $5,000.

Omega Code has won 3 of 11 races but is winless in two starts this year, a sixth in a 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer at Gulfstream Park in February and a seventh in a one-mile turf race at Saratoga in August.

The Ancient Title will be Omega Code's first start in California since he finished sixth in the Grade 3 Vernon Underwood Stakes last December at Hollywood Park. Sunday's race will mark the first time that Pedroza has ridden Omega Code since the six-furlong San Miguel Stakes.

Pedroza hopes that Omega Code is ready for a start against such tough sprinters as Hombre Rapido and Bluesthestandard.

"At one point, I thought he could be like one of those horses," he said.

Pedroza set a record for most wins at the Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Fairplex Park last month with 51. Through Wednesday, he had struggled at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, winning with just one of his first 19 mounts.

In Wednesday's first race, he was unseated from Gold Bidder when the horse ducked out sharply turning for home. Pedroza stayed on the ground for a few minutes, but walked off and rode the remainder of his mounts.

"I had the wind knocked out of me," Pedroza said. "For me not to be riding, it would have to be really bad."

Congrats, Sinister G head out West

Congrats, who finished third in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington Park in July in his last start, and Sinister G, who won the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park in the spring, have joined California stables.

Congrats, owned by Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm, was scheduled to arrive at trainer Richard Mandella's stable on Thursday. A 4-year-old by A.P. Indy, Congrats won the Alysheba Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs in late April. Last year, he was third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga. Congrats was previously trained by Shug McGaughey.

Jeff Mullins will train Sinister G. A 3-year-old, Sinister G was unplaced in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park earlier this year.

The win in the Lane's End Stakes is the highlight of his career. Mullins is hoping to have the colt ready for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs on Dec. 26.

Moscow Burning likely for FM Turf

Moscow Burning, third in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap at Belmont Park last weekend, is likely to be supplemented for $90,000 to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Cassidy said the 1 3/8-mile distance of the Filly and Mare Turf would suit Moscow Burning. In June, Moscow Burning won the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap over that distance at Belmont Park.

In the Flower Bowl, run at 1 1/4 miles on a turf course listed as yielding, Moscow Burning led to early stretch but faded to finish a length behind Riskaverse.

"The ground was too soft," he said. "She stumbled on it three or four times."

Cassidy also trains Katdogawn, the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita last weekend. Cassidy said Katdogawn may be supplemented to the Filly and Mare Turf, but that a decision has not been finalized.

"I want to try her in the Breeders' Cup," Cassidy said. "I think this last race will set her up perfectly."

Special Ring works in heavy fog

Special Ring, the winner of the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar in late July in his only start of the year, worked six furlongs in 1:11 on Thursday, the fastest of eight recorded works at the distance. Special Ring is considered a top contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Due to heavy fog, visibility was poor during the early hours of training.

Working alone, Special Ring started at the five-furlong marker and worked a furlong past the finish. Trainer Julio Canani timed Special Ring through the first three furlongs in 35.19 seconds, five furlongs in 59.89, and six furlongs in 1:11.19.

Special Ring finished eighth in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Mile, emerging from the race with a muscle injury that left him out of training until the spring.

Sweet Win the highweight in Ramser

There is Monday racing this week, and the top race on the program is the $100,000 Harold Ramser Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.

Sweet Win, who won the Grade 2 San Clemente and was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks during the summer, is the 119-pound topweight. Trained by Mullins, Sweet Win will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.

Other probable starters are Alphabet Kisses, John's Kinda Girl, Lovely Rafaela, Penny's Fortune, Potion, Sagitta Ra, and Shake Off.

* Men's Exclusive, the 11-year-old multiple stakes winner, has been officially retired after running poorly in a comeback race at Fairplex Park last month. Ward said Men's Exclusive may be tried as a racetrack pony in Florida, where Ward will have horses this winter.