02/23/2011 5:20PM

Reba Is Tops delays her retirement

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Reba Is Tops is pointing to the $75,000 Clocker’s Corner Handicap on March 5 at Santa Anita.

The retirement of the 2011 stakes winner Reba Is Tops has been postponed.

Trainer Mark Glatt said Monday that Reba Is Tops is a candidate for the $75,000 Clocker’s Corner Handicap over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course March 5. The Clocker’s Corner will be run five weeks after Reba Is Tops won what was presumed to be her last start in the Wishing Well Handicap on Jan. 29.

After the Wishing Well, Glatt and the partnership that owns Reba Is Tops intended to send her to Kentucky to be bred to Broken Vow in late February or early March. But poor weather delayed transport, and when Reba Is Tops bounced out of the Jan. 29 race in good condition, the team had a change of heart.

“She doing well, and it’s been so cold in Kentucky,” Glatt said. “Two of the three owners couldn’t be here for her last race. Everyone can be here to watch her next race.

“She is booked to Broken Vow, so she’ll have to go out there. If she runs exceptionally well, we could look at the Las Cienegas. We won’t go any further than that.”

The $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap is run on the hillside turf course April 9.

Reba Is Tops has won 14 of 29 starts and $454,709.

Well Monied training for comeback

Well Monied, winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2009, has resumed training with Howard Zucker for an expected comeback this spring.

Last summer, Well Monied was retired after being diagnosed with a small lesion in a distal sesamoidian ligament, Zucker said at the time. Owned by C.T. Grether, Well Monied has won 4 of 10 starts and $386,300.

Well Monied, 5, was expected to be bred this year, until recovering from the injury. She worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 at Santa Anita on Wednesday, her fifth workout since early January.

“We’re just trying to go easy,” Zucker said. “She wound up having about six months off.”

Zucker said the possibility remains that Well Monied could be retired in coming weeks and bred. If so, she would be offered for sale in the fall. Until then, her comeback goes forward, with the hope she can race within a month.

“We didn’t feel there was too much downside,” Zucker said of the comeback. “I’m looking at the end of March. She carries her fitness around with her. She’s never been one you had to drill much.