06/30/2003 11:00PM

Redattore out of Gold Cup


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A bruised foot will keep Redattore out of the 1 1/4-mile Hollywood Gold Cup on July 13.

"To go a mile and quarter on dirt, he'd have to have it all go perfect," Redattore's trainer, Richard Mandella, said Tuesday.

Mandella said he will point Redattore to the Eddie Read July 27 on the Del Mar grass.

Redattore won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on turf in his most recent start, on May 26. Redattore won the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap on dirt in early 2002 at Santa Anita.

Redattore, an 8-year-old imported from Brazil in late 2000, will make a third consecutive appearance in the Eddie Read, a Grade 1 turf race at 1 1/8 miles. Redattore won the Eddie Read in 2001, and finished third in it last year. Redattore's win in the Shoemaker Mile was his 13th in 27 career starts, and it pushed his career earnings to more than $1.4 million.

Mandella has a Gold Cup starter in Kudos, whose June 14 win in the Californian was his first since he won the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap in April 2002.

Meanwhile another Mandella-trained Grade 1 winner took his first step toward a comeback on Tuesday at Santa Anita. Hollywood Derby winner Johar, unraced since winning the Grade 2 San Marcos Handicap in January, underwent the first workout of his comeback. A 4-year-old now, he was timed in 38.40 seconds. He is aiming for a comeback late in the Del Mar meet.

Rocket-fast sprinter Freespool retires

Graded stakes winner Freespool, one of California's quickest sprinters the past four years, has been retired after suffering an unspecified injury last month while training for a comeback. Freespool, 7, is being marketed as a stallion prospect by owner Scott Guenther. Over a 25-race career in which he won nine races and $527,288, Freespool earned a reputation as one of the fastest horses on the circuit. A son of Geiger Counter trained by Ted H. West, Freespool routinely smoked the opening quarter-mile in 21.40 seconds, and posted 43-and-change half-mile fractions no fewer than 11 times. In 17 of 25 starts, he was on the lead at the first pace call.

West's father, trainer Ted West, said Freespool was the fastest horse he had trained in his 35-year career. Freespool won five stakes, including the Grade 3, 5 1/2-furlong El Conejo Handicap (twice) at Santa Anita, the Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise, and the Oakland Handicap at Bay Meadows.

Crafty C.T.'s Hollywood Park days are over

After a disappointing effort by Crafty C.T. on May 31 in the $75,000 Ack Ack Handicap at Hollywood Park - he finished fourth at 7-5 - trainer Howard Zucker made two changes. First, a decision not to race the 5-year-old at Hollywood again.

"He just doesn't get a hold of that track," Zucker said. The only other time Crafty C.T. ran at Hollywood, in June 2001, he finished fourth at odds of 3-10.

Zucker's second change: blinkers on. Tuesday morning at Santa Anita, Crafty C.T. wore blinkers and showed some of his old spark, sizzling a half-mile in 45.40, the fastest half-mile work of the day. "We've breezed him in blinkers the last couple times, and it looks like he likes it," Zucker said. "He was going easy [Tuesday]. It's time to bear down a little bit."

Crafty C.T. is being pointed for the the Grade 2 Bing Crosby Handicap on July 26, the opening Saturday of the Del Mar meet. In that six-furlong race, Crafty C.T. will face 9-year-old Kona Gold, who won the Bing Crosby in 2000 and 2001, and is undefeated in five starts at Del Mar. Kona Gold was scheduled to breeze six furlongs Wednesday.

Santa Catarina warms up for turf debut

Hollywood Oaks winner Santa Catarina worked five furlongs Tuesday at Santa Anita in 1:00.80. She will be among the favorites in the $750,000 American Oaks on Saturday. Her chances?

"It depends on what kind of trip she gets," trainer Bob Baffert said. "If she relaxes like last time, she should have no problem. First time turf, you never know what they're going to do."

Santa Catarina's impressive grass workout last Thursday at Hollywood Park suggests she will do fine, while Baffert's other starter, Atlantic Ocean, already has a Grade 3 win and a Grade 2 runner-up finish on Hollywood's turf.

A field of 14 is aiming for the Oaks, including a European import some local horsemen consider the one to beat - Dimitrova. Trained by Dermot Weld, Dimitrova ran third in the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas in her most recent start, on May 25. She arrived in California Monday and was to clear quarantine Wednesday. David Flores will ride Dimitrova.