11/07/2006 12:00AM

Principle Secret cut but okay


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Other than bruised egos and four stitches to close a gash on the 2-year-old Principle Secret, most California-based Breeders' Cup runners came home relatively unscathed. Many will race again soon.

None of the California runners had a tougher trip than Principle Secret, although the race chart of the Juvenile looks like he merely set a fast pace and stopped. But a hoofprint and stitches to the colt's right rear leg shows there was more to the story.

"The good news is he is sound," trainer Chris Paasch said Tuesday at Hollywood Park, where he examined the unusually located injury to Principle Secret. High on the inside of Principle Secret's right rear leg was a distinct hoofprint, complete with nail holes, and below that was a gash that required four stitches.

The odd hoofprint placement means that Principle Secret was struck by another horse, probably a few strides from the gate. And it explains why jockey Victor Espinoza was unable to control the colt's speed.

"Victor said after that happened, he could not control him," Paasch said. "He just ran off."

Principle Secret was eased through the lane and came back with cuts on both rear legs and a valid excuse. Because the injuries are superficial, Paasch expects Principle Secret to redeem himself in either the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot on Dec. 1 or the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 16.

In the Futurity, Principle Secret would face nemesis Stormello, who beat him by a neck Oct. 8 in the Grade 2 Norfolk at Santa Anita. Stormello, who pressed the pace before tiring to fifth in the Breeders' Cup, was full of himself Tuesday morning at Hollywood.

The colt was bucking and playing, acting like a colt ready for action. Trainer Bill Currin said Stormello will be pointed for the Hollywood Futurity, while his California Cup Juvenile winner, Freesgood, will ship out for the Delta Downs Jackpot.

Great Hunter, third in the BC Juvenile, will not run in the Hollywood Futurity, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday. He said Great Hunter will get a break, and commence a 3-year-old campaign in January.

"The whole focus this year was the Breeders' Cup; now the main goal is the classics next year," O'Neill said.

Cash Included to get a break

Cash Included, who won the Oak Leaf Stakes before her fifth-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies, also will be freshened. Trainer Craig Dollase said Tuesday that Cash Included will skip the Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 17 and aim for the winter meet at Santa Anita. The second betting choice Saturday, Cash Included had to stand in the gate for several minutes while Her Majesty refused to load. Dollase believes that compromised her.

"She broke flat-footed and got shuffled back five or six lengths," Dollase said. "But hopefully she'll be back next spring" for the Kentucky Oaks.

Without Cash Included for the Starlet, the early probables include Sharp Cat winner Runway Rosie, Pocahontas Stakes runner-up Mistical Plan, and Juvenile Fillies sixth-place finisher She's Included.

Dancing Edie pointed for CashCall

The only California-based runner in the Filly and Mare Turf, Dancing Edie, was scheduled to return to California on Tuesday. Dancing Edie set the pace before weakening to eighth, and while she will have

a 5-year-old campaign next year, trainer Craig Dollase said she will get an extended break.

"She ran a lot this year," said Dollase, adding that "I'd love to win the CashCall Mile with her" for owner Paul Reddam.

Reddam owns CashCall, a loan company, which sponsors the race.

Dancing Edie won 2 of 8 starts in 2006 and earned $513,400.

Churchill strip stymies Californians

While BC Sprint winner Thor's Echo heads to Laurel for the Frank De Francis Memorial Dash, fourth-place finisher Bordonaro is already home. Jockey Patrick Valenzuela told trainer Bill Spawr that Bordonaro, the second betting choice at 4-1, did not handle the track.

"The first words out of Pat's mouth were, 'He was just swimming,' " Spawr said. Bordonaro bobbled early, was not running evenly, and ran down behind.

Spawr was gracious in defeat.

"We want to congratulate Thor's Echo, Doug O'Neill, and Corey Nakatani for bringing the Sprint back to California," Spawr said.

He added that although Bordonaro did not handle the Churchill Downs track, the gelding's two weeks in Kentucky went smoothly largely because of trainer D. Wayne Lukas and his staff. Bordonaro will make his next start in the Sunshine Millions Sprint in January at Santa Anita.

Siren Lure also is home, after finishing eighth in the Sprint.

"It wasn't his type of track," trainer Art Sherman said. "He was five wide around the turn, and it was such an inside bias that it was unbelievable."

Sherman said Siren Lure will be nominated to the Grade 3, six-furlong Hollywood Turf Express on Nov. 25. The trainer said the long-range goal for Siren Lure is to stretch out to two turns next year.

Silent Name may go in Citation

Silent Name, the California-based miler who set the pace in the Mile before weakening to sixth, could run again in three weeks in the Grade 1 Citation on Nov. 24.

"It's reasonable to wheel him back in 20 days, and then give him the winter off," trainer Gary Mandella said. "If he's doing good, and if he breezes good, we'll probably run."

Silent Name could be running against The Tin Man, who is trained by Gary's father, Richard Mandella.

Brother Derek good to go

Now that Brother Derek is dead fit, trainer Dan Hendricks said the colt may continue his autumn campaign. Brother Derek finished fifth in the BC Classic, and Hendricks said "we're set to keep running." Hendricks will keep Brother Derek at Santa Anita for the next week, then bring him to Hollywood to train on the Cushion Track. If he likes it, the Grade 3 Native Diver on Dec. 10 would be the goal.

"He's sound, he's fit, and I want to keep him that way," Hendricks said. "He ran creditably against some damn nice horses," said Hendricks of the Classic effort, "and we have a healthy horse for next year."

Lava Man's next start will be in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita. He finished seventh in the BC Classic.