02/28/2003 12:00AM

Robledo may miss El Camino Real


ARCADIA, Calif. - Robledo, who emerged as a Triple Crown hopeful last month with his victory in the Turf Paradise Derby in Phoenix, may miss the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields next weekend because of a minor foot injury.

Friday, trainer Vladimir Cerin said that Robledo has suffered a cut on a heel. Robledo did not train on the racetrack Friday, and only walked at the barn.

The $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/16 miles is the top Triple Crown prep in northern California. Cerin said if Robledo does not have a workout in coming days he could be rerouted to the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 16.

"If I don't work by Monday, I'm doubtful," Cerin said. "If you don't take care of these things, you can wind up with something more serious."

Cerin wants to start Robledo in the $500,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park, a race that will be run for the first time bon March 30.

"I don't want to do anything to interfere with a $500,000 race," Cerin said.

Owned by Push Push Stable, Robledo has won 3 of 6 starts and $120,720. In his only appearance in a graded stakes race, Robledo was pulled up in the Santa Catalina Stakes Jan. 18 after he struck himself on a tendon a few strides out of the gate.

Robledo was not nominated to the Triple Crown at the first entry stage in January, but could be nominated later this month.

Ten Cents a Shine jogs for Lukas

Ten Cents a Shine, sixth in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park Feb. 15 as the beaten favorite, jogged on the Santa Anita main track Friday, his first day of training since being transferred to trainer D. Wayne Lukas earlier in the week.

Owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Ten Cents a Shine was previously trained in Florida by Kenneth McPeek. Ramsey moved the colt to California this week in a search for drier air. Ten Cents a Shine was found to be suffering from a lung infection after the Fountain of Youth, his worst performance in four races.

Last fall, Ten Cents a Shine finished second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.

"He comes highly thought of," Lukas said. "I haven't got any goals."

One race that Lukas is certain to consider is the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby April 5, California's top prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

McAnally might send two after record win

Trainer Ron McAnally may have two starters in the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap next Sunday, making an attempt to win the main track championship race for fillies and mares a record seventh time.

McAnally will start Affluent, who won the Santa Monica Handicap Jan. 25, and may start Printemps, who finished fourth in the Santa Maria Handicap Feb. 16.

Friday, Affluent worked seven furlongs in 1:27 under Julie Krone, who will ride the

5-year-old mare for the first time in the Santa Margarita.

"She's not a real good work filly, but she finished good," McAnally said. "I think Julie will fit her. She's an easy filly to ride."

Regardless of whether Printemps starts, Affluent will not have many opponents in the Santa Margarita, which is run at 1 1/8 miles. Other probables include Got Koko, who swept the three-race La Canada Series for 4-year-old fillies at this meet, Starrer, winner of the Santa Maria Handicap, and Bella Bellucci.

Saturday's featured race is the $200,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. The Grade 1 race will mark the third meeting between Composure and Elloluv. Elloluv upset Composure in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes in December, but Composure rebounded to win their next meeting, the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes last month.

Espinoza, Martinez out Friday

Jockeys Victor Espinoza and Felipe Martinez did not ride on Friday after being involved in a spill in Thursday's eighth race.

In a six-furlong race for $10,000 claimers, Espinoza was aboard Ellenhighwater when she broke down inside the eighth pole. Martinez was on a trailing horse, 66-1 Irish Katie, and was unable to avoid the fallen horse.

Both jockeys were taken to first aid but were not hospitalized. Espinoza was off Friday because of soreness, according to his agent, Tony Matos. Martinez missed his rides because of a sore knee, according to agent Alex Procel.

Both were expected to ride Saturday.

Ellenhighwater was euthanized as a result of her injuries.

Earlier on Thursday's program, jockey David Flores was thrown from his mount, Summertime Fun, in the fifth race as she was being eased in the stretch. Summertime Fun suffered a tendon injury. Summertime Fun, a 5-year-old, was claimed for $16,000 by trainer Juan Pablo Silva, who said she has been retired and will be bred.

A spill Wednesday left jockey Joe Steiner hospitalized with a broken heel and facial injuries. He was scheduled Friday to undergo surgery to repair a broken bone below an eye.

Debonair Joe Dubai-bound

Silva said that Debonair Joe, winner of the Vernon Underwood Stakes and Malibu Stakes in December, will be shipped to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen Stakes at Nad Al Sheba March 29.

In recent weeks, Debonair Joe has been considered for several races. In early February, he was given a workout on turf with the expectation of starting on that surface, but was later entered and scratched from an allowance race on dirt. Last weekend, Debonair Joe finished fourth in the Ken Maddy Sprint Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, losing by a length.

o Buffythecenterfold, winner of the Landaluce Stakes and Sorrento Stakes last summer, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 Friday. Unraced since finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last October, Buffythecenterfold is being pointed for the $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs on March 23, trainer Mel Stute said.

o Spring Meadow, who won the Las Flores Handicap Feb. 23 in her 4-year-old debut, will make her next start in the $125,000 Madison Stakes at seven furlongs at Keeneland April 9, trainer Bob Hess Jr. said.