04/11/2005 11:00PM

Rock Hard Ten looking sharp

Rock Hard Ten has the Pacific Classic as his major summer objective.

ARCADIA, Calif. - An ambitious winter racing schedule that included three graded stakes wins has not derailed the Santa Anita Handicap winner Rock Hard Ten. Only a month after his March 5 Big Cap triumph, Rock Hard Ten is quickly picking up the tempo. He worked an easy half-mile in 49.40 seconds Tuesday for trainer Richard Mandella, who marveled at the colt's recovery from his winter program.

"I thought I'd need to send him to the ranch, but he went to eating 12 quarts of oats and putting on weight," Mandella said.

While the Pacific Classic at Del Mar remains a summer goal for Rock Hard Ten, Mandella is now talking about the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9.

If Rock Hard Ten continues to move forward in his training, Mandella said Rock Hard Ten could start in a prep for the Gold Cup, possibly the Californian on June 18.

Truly a Judge getting a break

Truly a Judge was scheduled to be loaded on a van Tuesday and depart Santa Anita for a vacation.

His trainer, David Bernstein, said, "It's time to let him be a horse for a month."

Truly a Judge finished next to last in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, which followed a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap and a Jan. 1 win in the Grade 3 San Gabriel Handicap.

Bernstein said Truly a Judge, a 7-year-old gelding, would be freshened at a ranch in Fallbrook, Calif., return to training during the Hollywood Park spring-summer meet, and aim for a comeback this summer at Del Mar.

Looking ahead with Star Parade

Star Parade was scheduled to return to Santa Anita on Tuesday, three days after a horribly unlucky trip in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap on Saturday at Oaklawn Park.

"It's amazing that so many things can go wrong in a race," trainer Darrell Vienna said. "But I haven't had a particularly lucky year anyway," he added referring to his 2-for-32 record.

At least Vienna can look forward to a big summer with Star Parade, who lost the Apple Blossom by a neck after an impossible trip under John McKee. A presser, Star Parade was shuffled back twice on the inside, lost position on the far turn and dropped from second to sixth, then re-rallied and was gaining ground late.

Vienna said that after the race "I received 11 calls from jockey agents around the country" to ride the mare next time. Vienna will consult with owner Gary Tanaka before deciding where Star Parade will show up next.

Scholarship fund received $100,000

More than $100,000 was raised Monday night in Pasadena at a charity dinner held by the California Thoroughbred Trainers to benefit the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. More than 400 people attended the annual dinner, which this year honored Bob and Beverly Lewis.

The Gregson Foundation, named for the late trainer, provides scholarships for children of backstretch workers. There currently are 35 college-age participants in the program. According to the event organizer, trainer Jenine Sahadi, a sizable contribution made by Bob and Beverly Lewis will fund an additional annual scholarship in their name.

McCann's Mojave to go in San Simeon

McCann's Mojave bled and finished last in his most recent start, Jan. 23. But rather than undergo treatment, McCann's Mojave merely took time off from racing.

"We didn't turn him [out], but we stopped on him," trainer Leonard Dorfman said. "We had to give those capillaries a chance to heal."

A downhill sprint victory last winter gives Dorfman confidence that McCann's Mojave can return to form in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap on Monday, a 6 1/2-furlong turf race closing day. Dorfman said McCann's Mojave was administered clenbuterol to augment the healing process, and he expects a top effort Monday if he does not bleed.

"I believe that bleeding affects horses differently," he said. "Some horses, it scares. That's what I think happened to him - he bled, it scared him, and he pulled himself up."

McCann's Mojave was assigned 116 pounds and is expected to face 117-pound highweight Geronimo, and Royal Price (115).

Buzzards Bay out for gallop

Three days after he upset the Santa Anita Derby, Buzzards Bay went back to work. He jogged a mile and galloped a mile early Tuesday at Santa Anita.

"Two days off, and back to the track," trainer Jeff Mullins said.

The quick return to the training is a positive sign for a horse who earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 98 in the Santa Anita Derby. Mullins said after the race he believes the improving colt has another forward move in him.

* Megahertz has picked up one pound from her March 20 win in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap and will carry 123 when she starts as the favorite Sunday in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap. A small field is taking shape for the 1 1/4-mile turf race. In addition to Megahertz, probable starters include Ask for the Moon and Hoh Buzzard, 116 each, and Uraib, 115.