10/08/2004 11:00PM

Returning Tizbud on tight Cal Cup schedule


ARCADIA, Calif. - Tizbud's one-mile workout was postponed for an hour Saturday morning to allow the fog to lift at Santa Anita. Considering all the delays in Tizbud's career, the rearranged schedule did not fluster trainer John Sadler.

Tizbud, 5, has won 2 of 6 starts in a limited campaign highlighted by a victory in the $250,000 California Cup Classic last November. Tizbud will be back to defend that title in Saturday's running, but there is uncertainty surrounding his preparation.

Tizbud has not started since the 2003 California Cup, a campaign that was postponed last fall, when he developed tender shins.

The injury has left Tizbud playing catch-up this fall. Saturday, he worked a mile in 1:38.60. Sadler said he is hoping Tizbud will be ready for the Classic, which is run over 1 1/8 miles.

"With him, it's hard to tell because he's such a big horse," Sadler said. "I like bringing him back at a mile and an eighth. He's such a galloper. If it was a shorter distance, I would think he'd need one."

In the last month, Tizbud has had three workouts over six furlongs and two workouts over seven furlongs.

The Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap on Oct. 2 was a possibility in late summer, but Tizbud "ran out of time," Sadler said.

The Classic is expected to draw a field of eight, including Anziyan Royalty, Calkins Road, Commander's Flag, Cozy Guy, Excess Summer, Kedington, and Yougottawanna.

Cheiron, who won the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-old statebreds at Hollywood Park in May, is being pointed for Saturday's $150,000 California Cup Sprint over six furlongs.

Earlier this year, Cheiron finished second in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash over six furlongs here.

Calkins Road won the 2002 California Cup Classic, but has only two wins in eight subsequent starts, including the Joseph Grace Handicap at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa in August.

Action This Day on comeback trail

Action This Day, the champion 2-year-old male of 2003, worked a quarter-mile Saturday, the first significant exercise of a potential comeback.

Action This Day was not given a time for his work, but trainer Richard Mandella clocked him galloping out three furlongs in a little more than 37 seconds.

Action This Day has not started since finishing sixth in the Kentucky Derby. He is winless in three starts since the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last October.

In the coming weeks, Mandella said a decision must be made on whether Action this Day will stay in training next year. He emerged from the Kentucky Derby with a pulled muscle in his hind end. Mandella said a recurrence of that injury could force Action This Day to stud this winter.

"They want to know in a few weeks if he'll make a stallion or a racehorse," Mandella said. "Watching him today, I'd say racehorse."

Mandella said the pulled muscle occurred when Action this Day finished third in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April. The problem was corrected but recurred after the Kentucky Derby, Mandella said.

"Now, we have to make sure it won't come back when we start pushing him," Mandella said.

Sabiango on target for International

Sabiango, who won the Kentucky Cup Turf at Kentucky Downs last month, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Trainer Tim Yakteen said Sabiango is being pointed for the $1.5 million Canadian International over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Woodbine on Oct. 24. Yakteen said the Breeders' Cup Turf was not a serious consideration because Sabiango would have to be supplemented.

"So far, everything is on schedule," Yakteen said of the Canadian International. "He worked excellent."

Brice Blanc will have the mount on Sabiango at Woodbine.

Solis pays track a visit

Jockey Alex Solis, who has not ridden since suffering a fractured vertabra in a spill at Del Mar in late July, visited Santa Anita on Friday morning. Solis is no longer wearing the cumbersome brace on his neck that was required for support in the weeks after the accident.

Solis, 40, said he is hoping to resume riding in early 2005.

"The doctor said my body will tell me," he said. "I don't want to push it. God willing, I'll have another five or 10 years."

Solis said he is taking a two-week trip to Panama this month to see family.

"I'm bored," he said. "After being around horses for 23 years, taking too much time off is very difficult. I want to be here."

A. P. Adventure works half-mile

A. P. Adventure, the winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes in February, is preparing for a comeback. Unraced since a sixth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks, A. P. Adventure worked a half-mile in 48.60 seconds at Hollywood Park on Friday.

Trainer Wally Dollase has targeted the three-race La Canada Series at Santa Anita this winter for A. P. Adventure.