05/30/2001 11:00PM

Purses redistributed for West clenbuterol positives from 1998


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The purses of five races run in California in 1998 involving horses that tested positive for clenbuterol were redistributed earlier this week after the owners exhausted or withdrew their court appeals.

All five of the horses involved in the purse redistributions were trained by Ted West. In 1999, West was fined $12,000 and served a 90-day suspension for having eight horses test positive for clenbuterol.

The most prominent case was the 1998 Super Diamond Stakes, which was won by Budroyale, the runner-up in the 1999 Breeders' Cup Classic. Owned by Jeffrey Sengara, Budroyale forfeited the $60,000 winner's share from the Super Diamond Stakes, which was run at Hollywood Park on June 13, 1998.

The promoted winner is Ready Eddie, who is owned by Ed and Natalie Friendly. They had received $20,000 for Ready Eddie's runner-up finish and received an additional $40,000 as a result of the redistribution. The redistributed purse were paid to only four places in the Super Diamond because there were only five starters.

Sengara also lost $35,460 in purses won by Slews Royal Son for his win in the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields on June 4, 1998, and his second in the fifth race at Hollywood Park on May 25, 1998.

Two other West-trained horses who finished second at Hollywood Park lost their purses - Minjinsky, the runner-up in the second race on June 3, 1998, and Gleeful Stepper, who was second in the fourth race on May 30, 1998.

Clenbuterol is a bronchial dilator that is not allowed to appear in post-race tests. Clenbuterol is sometimes used in training to aid horses with breathing problems.

Surgery for Fantastic Filly

Fantastic Filly, who has won three stakes since late November, was scheduled to undergo surgery on Friday after fracturing a knee in a recent workout, trainer Bobby Frankel said.

The 3-year-old Fantastic Filly won the Senorita Stakes on the opening weekend of this meeting, but faces an uncertain racing future. Frankel said the injury surfaced two days after a recent workout.

The female Silky Sullivan?

The style of Lighten Up Tiny's win in an allowance race for California-breds on Wednesday suggests that the unbeaten filly will be a star for trainer Bob Baffert this summer.

Making her second start, Lighten Up Tiny made up 9 1/4 lengths from the middle of the turn and five lengths in the final furlong to catch an unlucky Heaven Came Down, who appeared a certain winner as late as the sixteenth pole. Owned by Jack and Florence Arnold, Lighten Up Tiny finished 6 1/2 furlongs in a quick 1:15.71.

Lighten Up Tiny's rally left Tim Yakteen, Baffert's assistant trainer, stunned.

"I was in shock," said Yakteen, who heads Baffert's Hollywood Park division. "She was a lot more aggressive out of her last race. I thought she might be close, but she broke sharp and dropped out of it."

Yakteen was not encouraged when Lighten Up Tiny, the 1-2 favorite, had one horse beaten on the backstretch.

"First, it was like getting hit in the gut," he said. "Then, I thought, maybe we'll split the field. Then, I thought, we'll hit the board. I couldn't believe she won."

Yakteen said Lighten Up Tiny could appear in an allowance race for open company. He said she is also eligible for the $100,000 California Sires Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf on July 8.

"She showed talent as a 2-year-old but she shin-bucked," Yakteen said. "That was the reason for the delay in her debut. I knew she had talent because she likes to play with other horses when she's breezing. She's just a big, stout, powerful woman."

Bienamado drills for Whittingham

Bienamado, unraced since winning the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita in April, worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:28 on Thursday in preparation for the $350,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 10.

Ridden in the workout by Chris McCarron, Bienamado joined two horses trained by Neil Drysdale on the backstretch and ran wide of them for the final half-mile. He finished the final quarter-mile in 23.50 seconds, according to trainer Paco Gonzalez.

The 5-year-old Bienamado, who won the Hollywood Turf Cup and San Marcos Stakes over the winter, heads a Whittingham field expected to include Bombard, Cagney, Kudos, Raypour, Senure, and White Heart. A Grade 1 race, the Whittingham is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

* Fonz's, the runner-up in the Willard Proctor Stakes for 2-year-olds last Saturday, will not start again until Del Mar due to a tender shin in his right foreleg, trainer David La Croix said.

"We're taking care of that shin," La Croix said.

La Croix said he would like for Fonz's to run next in an allowance race.