11/27/2009 12:00AM

Rail Trip out until springtime

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Benoit & Associates
Rail Trip won the Hollywood Gold Cup, but missed the BC Classic with a foot bruise.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Rail Trip, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, will not return to racing until April, trainer Ron Ellis said earlier this week.

Rail Trip was a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7 until mid-October, when Ellis said that a bruised foot had cost the 4-year-old too much vital training time. He was considered one of California's leading hopes for the BC Classic, which was won by the locally based mare Zenyatta.

Ellis and owners Mace and Samantha Siegel have the 2010 BC Classic at Churchill Downs next November in mind for Rail Trip. The trainer said that Rail Trip has recovered from the slight injury, and that he wants to have a fresh horse for next summer and fall.

"I'm planning a second-half-of-the-year campaign," Ellis said. "He's walking twice a day. His bruises have grown out."

Rail Trip was third in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sept. 6 in his most recent start. He emerged from that race with a sloughed frog. The frog is part of the bottom of the horse's hoof and has softer material than the rest of the hoof.

Rail Trip has won 6 of 9 starts and $787,790.

Zenyatta's big day

Zenyatta, the undefeated winner of the BC Classic and a top contender for the Horse of the Year, will be paraded between the seventh and eighth races at Hollywood Park on Sunday as part of a day celebrating her career.

Ontrack customers will receive a commemorative Zenyatta poster and a DVD showing her 14 wins, while supplies last.

Zenyatta will not appear in the paddock, according to trainer John Shirreffs. After the seventh race, she will walk onto the racetrack from the backstretch, and be paraded in front of the stands before being taken into the winner's circle for a presentation.

Shirreffs said that by avoiding the paddock Zenyatta will be calmer during the ceremony.

"If she went to the paddock, she'd think it was a race day," he said.

The now-retired 5-year-old mare, who won $5,474,580 and became the first female to win the BC Classic, is also the subject of a Facebook page, though Shirreffs said he does not know who created the tribute.

"I don't know who did that," he said. "I added a couple of pictures to it. I had to join Facebook to see it."

$350K guarantee on pick six

Hollywood Park is guaranteeing the pick six pool on Sunday will reach $350,000.

The pick six covers the fifth through 10th races and includes two turf stakes - the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds.

Most of the pick six races do not have overly large fields. The fifth race, the Miesque Stakes, and the sixth race, an optional claimer over six furlongs, have fields of eight. M One Rifle, third in the Damascus Stakes on Nov. 7, will be heavily supported in the sixth.

There are nine entrants in the seventh race, an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf. Get Funky, Tiz West and Stoneside, who were second, fourth, and sixth in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap in September, are part of the field. Get Funky returned to finish ninth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint earlier this month.

The eighth race is an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles. Mr. Hot Stuff, a troubled second in an allowance race on Nov. 6, drew the rail in a field of nine.

The last two races have large fields. There are 12 entrants in the Hollywood Derby, which is led by Take the Points and Battle of Hastings.

The last race is a six-furlong maiden race for 2-year-olds with a field of 14. The field has 11 first-time starters, including Quiet Invader and Zilarator, who are trained by Bob Baffert.

Of the horses who have raced, Wayman will be supported. Trained by Howard Zucker, he was second in a maiden race over 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 24.