Updated on 09/17/2011 10:08AM

Redattore out of Explosive Bid


NEW ORLEANS - A minor illness has forced the California invader Redattore out of Sunday's Explosive Bid Handicap. Redattore, who flew here Wednesday, won the Grade 2 Frank Kilroe Mile in his last start and would have been one of the two favorites in the Explosive Bid, but trainer Richard Mandella elected not even to enter Redattore after he showed signs of illness.

"He spiked a little fever," Mandella said. "It could just be a little shipping fever, but we can't take a chance."

Outwardly, Redattore looked the picture of health Friday morning, but the 8-year-old horse had come up with a low-grade fever, and blood work confirmed all wasn't completely well with Redattore.

Redattore has shipped out of California only twice, and a trip to Washington last summer for the Longacres Mile ended up like this one, with Redattore sick a couple of days before the race and unable to compete. Redattore wound up with a mild case of pneumonia from that bug, and though Mandella said he hopes this case will not turn as severe, he is unlikely to ask Redattore to travel long-distance for another race.

"At this point, I'd be scared to put him on a plane," Mandella said.

Redattore is scheduled to fly back to California on March 27, but will not go if he isn't feeling well.

"We'd have to find something else to do with him," Mandella said.

Back to work for Badge of Silver

Badge of Silver worked five furlongs on Friday, his first breeze since undergoing minor throat surgery, and is likely to start next in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 12 at Keeneland.

Working by himself about 20 minutes after the end of the renovation break at 8:30 a.m., Badge of Silver never was asked to run by jockey Robby Albarado and was timed in 1:02. The work was slow by Badge of Silver's standards, but was just what his connections intended.

"It went perfect," trainer Ronny Werner said. "He never moved on him."

Said Albarado, "The main thing is he felt great doing it. His air was good, his feet were good, and his legs were good."

A 10-length win in the Risen Star Stakes here thrust Badge of Silver onto the Kentucky Derby trail, but Badge of Silver faded to sixth in the Louisiana Derby after taking the lead at the top of the stretch. His connections believed Badge of Silver displaced his soft palate in the race, and a myectomy was performed on Badge of Silver a week ago to keep the problem from occurring again. Also, Badge of Silver has been training in a different noseband in an effort to help him get his air.

The problem isn't likely to recur until Badge of Silver faces the stress of a race, and partly because of the recent surgery, Werner and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey have changed Badge of Silver's plans. Badge of Silver originally was to have run April 5 in the Illinois Derby, but Werner said earlier this week that the Blue Grass in Kentucky was a viable option, and Friday said Badge of Silver "more than likely" would run there.

"It's right there in Ken's backyard, it gives us another week, and it's a track surface he likes," Werner said.

Belle of Perintown undergoes surgery

Belle of Perintown, an easy winner of the Grade 2 Silverbulletday earlier this meet, emerged from a third-place finish in the Fair Grounds Oaks with a bone chip in her ankle and underwent surgery this week to repair the injury.

"It probably happened in the race," said trainer Eddie Kenneally. "She went into it perfectly, and soundness had never been a problem."

Kenneally said Dr. Larry Bramlage had performed the surgery in Kentucky and said Belle of Perintown should come back at 100 percent.

"We'll give her as much time as she needs," Kenneally said. "It's hard to say when she'll be back."

Stidham to send two to Hawthorne

Trainer Mike Stidham plans to send a pair of recent stakes winners to Hawthorne for stakes races there early next month.

Ifyouprefersilver, a blowout winner of the Chou Croute here in her last start, will run in the Lady Hallie Handicap on March 29, while Catalissa, a standout winner of a Texas-bred stakes in his last start, is almost certainly headed to the Illinois Derby there.

"He's doing really well," Stidham said.

Catalissa has improved exponentially since adding blinkers, and won his last start in the same aggressive fashion in which he had worked with the new equipment.

Stidham plans to send Catalissa several days before he runs in order to give him a feel for the Hawthorne racing surface.