05/21/2009 12:00AM

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Bordonaro, 8, probably has run his last race - but you never know, said his trainer.

NGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Hollywood Park notebook filled up quickly. With stuff like this . . .

* It appears Grade 1 winner Bordonaro has run his last race. A top-class sprinter late 2005 through early 2007, Bordonaro is on a Hemet. Calif., farm with no starts since the 2007 Breeders' Cup Sprint. Now 8, he won 10 of 20 and earned $938,128 for owners Daniel Cassella and Fred Carrillo. Trainer Bill Spawr said Bordonaro "probably is retired, but so is Brett Favre."

* Cracks continue to show in outdated totalisator systems. The California Horse Racing Board will review a communications failure May 16 that allowed 33 out-of-state betting locations to take wagers on the Los Angeles Handicap after the race started. All wagers from those locations were canceled to "protect the integrity" of the pools, according to a racing board release.

* Now if the racing board could just do something about late odds drops. In race 2 on May 16, front-runner Hovig was 7-2 when the gates opened for the maiden turf sprint. He made the lead, his odds dropped, and he raced gate to wire at $7.60. It just looks bad, is the only point.

* Five Star Day sires sprinters and everyone knows it. But trainer Alexis Barba has an exception in two-turn stakes-placed allowance winner Victory Pete: "I think he'll run a mile and a quarter; he's all arms and legs," she said. Victory Pete may leave town for a nine-furlong dirt race June 27 at Prairie Meadows - the Grade 2 Cornhusker Handicap. And who knows? Victory Pete, winner on turf and synthetic, may be better on dirt. Stay tuned.

* If you're keeping score of Sunland Derby productivity, don't forget the May 13 Hollywood allowance win by Mark S the Cooler. He is the fifth Sunland Derby starter to win next out, following Mythical Power (Lone Star Derby), Advice (Lexington Stakes), Valid Stripes (Texas Stallion at Lone Star) and, of course, Mine That Bird. Five others lost, while two have not run back - Sunland Derby winner Kelly Leak and also-ran Infernal.

* Speaking of Kelly Leak, he recovered from an ulcer on the tip of his epiglottis and is scheduled for his first comeback workout Saturday at Santa Anita. He will race in June, possibly at Hollywood Park, to prep for the $1 million Haskell on Aug. 2 at Monmouth, or the $750,000 West Virginia Derby one day earlier Aug. 1 at Mountaineer Park.

* Bob Baffert is home with Swaps-Haskell candidate Pioneerof the Nile, but Baffert is not out of action with a good 3-year-old in the first race Sunday. Misremembered is a colt Baffert purchased four years ago while he was carried by an aging dam. She was 1990 Del Mar Debutante winner Beyond Perfection, 17 years old and in foal to Candy Ride. Baffert said he bought her in foal for only $4,500.

"The only way I can buy a good mare is when they are 20 years old," he joked.

* Only 60 days until Del Mar, and the traditional opening-day stakes for 3-year-olds on turf. And by July 22, Oceanside Stakes candidate Smokey Lonesome will be recovered from a hind-end setback that forced his May 13 scratch from the race won by Mark S the Cooler.

* Only 70 days to the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar, and believe it or not, Del Mar horse-for-course Cost of Freedom might make the meet. Two for two last summer, Cost of Freedom subsequently won the Grade 1 Ancient Title with a second straight Beyer Speed Figure of 110, and then was a vet scratch from the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Cost of Freedom has been convalescing in Kentucky, and is due June 1 at trainer John Sadler's barn.

* Owner Gary Barber was tickled when Red Arrow won the Los Angeles last weekend, but after the race Barber was more excited talking about Golden Mexico, a 3-year-old turf colt he owns in partnership with Team Valor.

"His form was franked," Barber said, referring to a stakes win by a colt Golden Mexico previously drilled. Golden Mexico, 2 for 2, runs Saturday at Arlington in the $150,000 Arlington Classic. Get down.

* Lone speed is always deadly, which is why Jerry Hollendorfer should enter second-level allowance winner Tuscan Evening in the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap on May 30 and watch her race gate to wire in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

* A nonoriginal idea is worth repeating. Zenyatta and Life Is Sweet, who both were entered by trainer John Shirreffs in the Grade 2 Milady Handicap on Saturday, could have avoided one another if Zenyatta had been held out of the race and entered June 13 against males in the Californian. Everyone would be happy except Rail Trip.

* The first three programs at Hollywood since announcement of the reduced-week schedule have produced higher field sizes. After averaging 7.52 starters the first month of the meet, the cards Thursday through Sunday averaged more than nine entrants per race. Hope it keeps up.

* Despite short fields, the first 19 racing days produced six carryovers in the pick six. Prediction: the first double carryover of the season sometime this week.

* Is the good filly Ventura running scared? A year ago, she won the $400,000 Just a Game at Belmont. Rather than try again in the filly-mare turf race, Ventura will ship all the way back to California to face boys for less money in the $250,000 Shoemaker Mile. Why? It could be because this year Ventura cannot beat Just a Game candidate Forever Together.

* It is crazy talk to compare Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, but don't you think Zenyatta would crush her younger rival if they met while both were at the top of their game? And if they met on synthetic, well, it wouldn't be close.

On the other hand, Rachel Alexandra has something Zenyatta does not. That is, a win over boys. Rest assured that if Zenyatta is as good in 2009 as she was in 2008, she is more likely to run in a Breeders' Cup race on Saturday, rather than Friday.

* Who was that gray stretch-runner finding one roadblock after another the final quarter-mile of the Grade 2 Dixie Handicap on May 16 at Pimlico? His name is Wesley. He finished third, beaten less than two lengths, and is a bet-back wherever he runs next.

* Golden Gate officials have contacted trainers in Southern California offering a $660 travel subsidy for horses shipping north to Golden Gate. Will it affect local racing? One Hollywood official noted, "We don't have too many $4,000 claimers or maiden-8s." In other words, the answer is no, it won't affect Hollywood.