11/03/2004 12:00AM

Roman Ruler to have surgery

Singletary edges out Antonius Pius in the Breeders' Cup Mile. A decision on whether to run Singletary in the Citation will be made in coming days.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Roman Ruler, the beaten favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last weekend, is scheduled to undergo surgery this week to have an undescended testicle removed, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Baffert said the procedure will be conducted Sunday and that Roman Ruler will miss "a week or two" of training. "This has been bothering him for a long time," Baffert said.

The procedure will leave Roman Ruler a ridgling.

Roman Ruler has won 3 of 5 starts and $330,800, but was fifth at 2-1 in the Juvenile. He was in trouble on the first turn and angled out in early stretch but did not threaten the leaders, finishing 3 3/4 lengths behind upset winner Wilko.

Roman Ruler has been the top 2-year-old male in California this year. He won his first two starts, including the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 15, but was second by a neck to Declan's Moon in the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs on Sept. 8.

Roman Ruler jumped to the fore of the 2-year-old division by beating a bad field in the Norfolk Stakes at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Oct. 3, his final start before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

With the win by English invader Wilko in the Juvenile last weekend, the 2-year-old championship is undetermined. Baffert was noncommittal on whether Roman Ruler would be pointed for the Hollywood Futurity at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 18, the final Grade 1 of the year for the division. A win in that race would greatly help Roman Ruler's chances for a title.

"I'm not saying anything," Baffert said. "Nothing."

Next race unclear for Singletary

A decision on whether to run Breeders' Cup Mile winner Singletary in the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 27 will be made in coming days. For now, trainer Don Chatlos and the Little Red Feather partnership that owns Singletary are still relishing their upset win last weekend.

The 11-member partnership, plus friends and family, turned Breeders' Cup week at Lone Star Park into an equine kegger, celebrating just being there for the race and then winning, Chatlos said.

"Everything he does from here on is icing on the cake," Chatlos said.

Chatlos said he is focused on having Singletary ready for the 2005 Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park and may pass the Citation.

He is planning a 2005 campaign similar to this year's, with races in the winter and spring, a summer break, and a fall campaign.

This year, Singletary has run six times with two mini-campaigns. He made four starts in the winter and spring, highlighted by a win in the Grade 2 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile. Singletary, 4, was given a four-month break before finishing third in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile on Oct. 9, his only prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

There are no championship aspirations for Singletary. The Mile was his only Grade 1 win of the year; he was second in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile in May.

"If he'd won the Shoemaker, he might have had a chance," Chatlos said. "For us, he's a champion. You won't find a more consistent horse. He's been right there all the time."

Chatlos said Singletary must have a break this winter to be in his best form next winter and spring. He worries that a start in the Citation, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, could disrupt those plans.

Chatlos said Singletary "has been on his toes" in recent days and must stay that way to start in the Citation.

"He'll have to improve for me to think of running him, or we'll go in the same pattern as this year," Chatlos said. "If I keep him in training until late November, I can't give him much of a break. If we get some rain this winter, I could get behind and miss the races at Santa Anita. I know how lucky we were to have everything go right this year."

Unrivalled back from layoff

Unrivalled, a 3-year-old gelding trained by Jim Cassidy, is ideally suited to Saturday's $60,000 Bien Bien Stakes at Hollywood Park. That is not the way the season was planned.

The Bien Bien Stakes is restricted to 3-year-olds that have not won a first-place purse of $60,000 or more at a mile or farther this year.

Unrivalled, who was purchased for about $125,000 last year, won his U.S. debut in the minor Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita last March, but is winless in his last four starts. He has not started since finishing last of seven in the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 14.

"He had some quarter cracks behind," Cassidy said.

Following the Pasadena, Unrivalled finished fourth in an allowance race, fifth in the USA Stakes at Lone Star Park, and sixth in the Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap here before the seventh in the La Jolla.

Unrivalled's appearance in the Cinema Handicap was marred by a speed duel with Laura's Lucky Boy, who eventually finished second. The two tore off together on the backstretch, a battle that Unrivalled lost when he finished 11 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Greek Sun.

Saturday's race is seen as a confidence builder for Unrivalled and not necessarily a prep to the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28, Cassidy said. The stable's hope for the derby is On the Acorn, who will be entered for Saturday's Bay Meadows Derby.

Cassidy goes shopping at Tattersalls

Cassidy recently returned from Europe, where he bought seven horses at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale.

On behalf of clients, Cassidy paid approximately $400,000 for Moth Ball, a 2-year-old who won the Rockingham Stakes at six furlongs on turf at York on Oct. 9. Cassidy said Moth Ball will stay with English trainer Jamie Osborne for the next three weeks and will arrive in California a few days in advance of a scheduled start in the $100,000 Generous Stakes at a mile on turf on Nov. 27.

* The Hollywood Park fall meeting began Wednesday with a malfunctioning tote board. The pools for win, place, and show, and the exacta probables could not be shown. The win odds were presented on a large television screen adjacent to the tote board. The problem was fixed before the third race.