09/27/2007 11:00PM

Positive tests may cost Medici Code two purses

EmailARCADIA, Calif. - The purses of two stakes run at Del Mar earlier this year, the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap and the Oceanside Stakes, could be subject to redistribution after Medici Code tested positive for an excessive amount of clenbuterol after both, the California Horse Racing Board announced on Friday. Medici Code won the La Jolla and finished second in a division of the Oceanside Stakes.

Darrell Vienna, who trains Medici Code, said Friday that he had been served with complaints by the racing board. No hearing has been set for the case, which Vienna said he would fight.

"No one at my direction or with my instruction administered any inappropriate medication or drug to the horse," Vienna said at Santa Anita. "I'm confident that after a full hearing I'll be exonerated."

Clenbuterol is listed as a class 3 drug. Trainers who have horses test positive for drugs in classes 1, 2, and 3 face a loss of purse and a fine and/or suspension.

In two cases at Hollywood Park earlier this year, the trainers were fined $3,000 and were forced to forfeit purses after their horses tested positive for clenbuterol.

Medici Code earned $107,260 from the two races for owners Bill and Donna Herrick - $17,260 for the second-place finish in a division of the Oceanside on July 18 and $90,000 for winning the La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 11.

Medici Code later won the $400,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2, but tested clean in that race, Vienna said.

Clenbuterol is a bronchial dilator used to treat horses with breathing problems. It is allowed to appear in post-race tests at minute levels.

The racing board has filed complaints against trainers Cody Autrey and Mike Pender after horses they started at Del Mar tested positive for guanabenz, a medication used to treat people with high blood pressure. Guanabenz is a class 2 drug.

Autry had two positives for the medication - with Peace Pledge, who finished third in the sixth race on July 18, and Dunmore, who finished fifth as the even-money favorite in the second race on July 22. The horses earned a combined $2,640.

Pender was cited for a post-race test taken from Queen of the Derby, the winner of the eighth race July 25, a maiden claimer. Queen of the Derby earned $15,000.

Maiden filly breaks down in training

An unraced 3-year-old filly was euthanized after suffering significant injuries at Santa Anita on Friday morning. Exercise rider Ruben Meija, who was aboard the filly, was taken to a local hospital, complaining of shoulder pain, according to Santa Anita officials. He was listed in "fair" condition by early afternoon, according to track officials.

The stricken filly, Go Go Turko, was trained by Steve Knapp. Her death is the second to occur this week on Santa Anita's newly installed Cushion Track synthetic surface. Last Monday, Drill Downs, the third-place finisher in the Del Mar Futurity, was euthanized after suffering injuries during a workout.

Swift work by Shaggy Mane

Shaggy Mane, the winner of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint last January, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Hollywood Park on Friday. Afterward, trainer Don Chatlos pronounced Shaggy Mane as on schedule for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park on Oct. 26.

Shaggy Mane's workout time was the second-fastest of 18 recorded works at the distance and was her first workout since an eighth-place finish in the $400,000 Masters Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania on Sept. 15.

Chatlos said he is dismissing Shaggy Mane's loss in the Masters. "It was the only bad race she's run all year," Chatlos said. "I'm drawing a line through that race."

In Friday's workout, Chatlos said, Shaggy Mane ran the final quarter-mile in 23.40 seconds.

"She really finished," he said.

Chatlos said Friday's workout was vital for Shaggy Mane to be considered for the Filly and Mare Sprint.

"I don't want to go there with a 30-1 shot with no chance," Chatlos said. "I know what it takes to get there."

Chatlos won the 2004 BC Mile at Lone Star Park with Singletary.

OShaggy Mane, 4, has won 6 of 12 starts and $391,671.

Cal Cup goal for Champagne Miss

If everything goes as planned, Champagne Miss will be between stakes appearance when she starts as a strong favorite in Sunday's fifth race, a maiden race.

Trained by Dan Hendricks, Champagne Miss will be making her second start, following an eventful second in the Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar on Aug. 29.

After a slow start, she dropped back to last in a field of eight, trailing by as many as 17 lengths. On the turn, she rallied under jockey Alex Solis and finished second, 1 1/4 lenths behind another maiden, Golden Doc A.

Hendricks said there is a small chance that Champagne Miss would pass Sunday's race in favor of the $75,000 June Darling Stakes for statebred 2-year-old fillies next Saturday. He is hoping to use Sunday's race as a prep to the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 3.

"We're still thinking about it," Hendricks said of the June Darling. "The most logical spot is the maiden race.

"She looks like a 3-year-old colt. If we get by this race and win, we'll go to the California Cup. She acts like a route horse."

Sunday's program includes the $60,000 Blue Jay Way Stakes on the hillside turf course, a prep to the $100,000 Morvich Handicap on the same course on Oct. 27.

Barber, the winner of the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 15, will be part of the pace, but must hold off Night Chapter, the winner of the Daytona Handicap in February, and Railroad, who was third in the 2006 Blue Jay Way.