Updated on 09/16/2011 8:21AM

Roman Dancer, Ocean Sound hurt


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Two prominent California-based 3-year-olds - Roman Dancer and Ocean Sound - have been sidelined by injuries that will force them out of training.

Roman Dancer, the winner of the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita and the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct this spring, was diagnosed Thursday with a bone chip in his right knee, according to trainer Christopher Paasch. Roman Dancer will be sidelined for four months.

Ocean Sound, who finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, has a crack in a shin, according to trainer Jim Cassidy. Ocean Sound may return for the Del Mar meeting in late summer.

Roman Dancer has won 4 of 9 starts and $267,949 for owners Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez. Aside from the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes, he also won the Sunny Slope Stakes at 2 and finished second in the Grade 3 San Miguel Stakes in his 3-year-old debut in January.

Roman Dance's injury required surgery, which was scheduled for Saturday, Paasch said.

"He might have done it galloping," Paasch said. "He had a little heat in it. We took an X-ray and there it was."

Paasch said Roman Dancer will go to the Rodriguez's property, near Redding, Calif., for the summer. Evaluation X-rays of Roman Dancer will be taken in late summer.

Ocean Sound will not need surgery, Cassidy said. The injury, to Ocean Sound's left shin, was detected after the Kentucky Derby. "We hope to have him back in 60 days," Cassidy said.

A winner of one race in 13 starts, Ocean Sound began his career in Great Britain, where he was purchased by Cassidy on behalf of a partnership last fall. This year, Ocean Sound was third in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and second in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Cassidy said turf racing at Del Mar may be in Ocean Sound's future.

"I think his form on dirt is as good as his form on grass," he said.

Freedom Crest targets Lone Star 'Cap

Freedom Crest, a winner of two important handicaps last year, will pass Sunday's Mervyn LeRoy Handicap in favor of the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap May 27, trainer Richard Baltas said on Friday.

"I think it will be an easier race," Baltas said. "He bled a little in his last race and I want to make sure he's not doing it before we ship."

The 6-year-old Freedom Crest is winless in three starts dating back to the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita last fall. Most recently, he was third in the Grade 2 San Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita on April 6.

Espinoza away for three racing days

Victor Espinoza, who won his first Kentucky Derby last weekend aboard War Emblem, will miss three days of racing at Hollywood Park next week to ride at Pimlico, according to his agent, Tony Matos.

Espinoza, who through Thursday led the standings at this meeting with 15 wins, will ride at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. According to Matos, Espinoza's mounts at Pimlico include Shameful in Thursday's Miss Preakness Stakes; Netherland in Friday's Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff; Walt's Wharf in Saturday's Gallorette Handicap; and War Emblem in the Preakness Stakes.

Ireland-buy Stonemason heads here

Stonemason, a stakes winner in Ireland last year, has been purchased privately by Richard Duchossois, and will be trained by Wally Dollase when he arrives here later this month. Dollase, who traveled to Ireland earlier this week to close the deal, declined to name the purchase price.

By Nureyev, Stonemason will be trained in Southern California and pointed for the major turf stakes of the upcoming Arlington Park meeting - the $225,000 American Derby on July 21 or the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Aug. 18.

"Hopefully, he'll be good enough to be in one of those races back there," Dollase said.

Stonemason won the Group 3 Killavulla Stakes over seven furlongs in October in Ireland and was fourth in his only start of 2002 - the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial Stakes. He was previously trained by Aidan O'Brien and owned by Susan Magnier.

Starrer goes Hofmans to Shirreffs

Starrer, the winner of the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap last December, has been transferred to trainer John Shirreffs by owner George Kirkorian. Five other horses were involved in the move. All were previously trained by David Hofmans.

The 4-year-old Starrer has won three stakes in her career. She was fifth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park last October.

Sherriffs said Starrer is up to five furlongs in her workouts. He has not chosen a comeback race.

improves to 4 for 4 Snowflake remained unbeaten in four starts in the United States following a win in an allowance race on Thursday. Trainer Ron McAnally does not have a next-race goal for Snowflake, who is owned by Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stable.

The rise of Snowflake, who was stakes-placed in Europe last year, adds depth to a remarkably strong team of turf fillies and mares owned by Stonerside and trained by McAnally, a group that includes Kalatiara, Nepenthe, and Old Money. The latter three are all stakes winners.