08/01/2001 11:00PM

Route nothing new for Nany's Sweep


DEL MAR, Calif. - At first glance, Nany's Sweep seems misplaced among the probables for Sunday's $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar.

A late-running sprinter, Nany's Sweep's best performance this year was a victory in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap over seven furlongs in January at Santa Anita. But a glance into her past makes Nany's Sweep's attempt at the Hirsch, which is run over 1 1/16 miles, more understandable.

The 5-year-old Nany's Sweep won an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles at 3, the year she finished third in the Hollywood Oaks. While Nany's Sweep has not won a stakes beyond seven furlongs, trainer Kathy Walsh says the Grade 2 Hirsch is worth a try against a field that may include just five fillies and mares.

"We'd planned to stretch her out," Walsh said. "Sometimes when they haven't run a mile for awhile, they'll run a much better race."

The Hirsch is led by Gourmet Girl, the winner of the Apple Blossom and Vanity handicaps this year. The 122-pound topweight, Gourmet Girl was third in the Hirsch last year. In her only other start at Del Mar, she was third sprinting in the 2000 Fantastic Girl Stakes.

The other probables are Tranquility Lake, second in the Ramona Handicap on turf on July 21; Lovellon, who will be coupled with Gourmet Girl because both are owned by Gary Tanaka; and Saudi Poetry, the winner of the Louisville Breeders' Cup and Fleur de Lis handicaps at Churchill Downs earlier this year.

Nany's Sweep is winless in four starts since the Santa Monica, all in sprints. She was third in the Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, losing to Dream Supreme and La Feminn. In her last start, she finished third in the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park, losing to Go Go, the top female sprinter in California.

"You can't come from that far out of it at Hollywood Park," Walsh said. "She was a victim of the bias and the pace. She'll relax better going longer."

Dixie Dot Com to try Pacific Classic

Dixie Dot Com, who won the Texas Mile and Lone Star Park Handicap in the spring, will run in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 19, trainer Bill Morey said. On Thursday, Dixie Dot Com worked five furlongs in 1:00.80.

The Pacific Classic will be his first start since he finished second in the Grade 3 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap on July 7, losing by 1 3/4 lengths to Euchre.

Morey has been pleased with the way the 6-year-old Dixie Dot Com has trained at Del Mar. "He's got his weight back," he said. "Before the Cornhusker, he had a rough airplane trip."

Dixie Dot Com has made only one start over the Pacific Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles, finishing last of eight in the 2000 Santa Anita Handicap. He emerged from the race with an injury and did not race for six months.

The Pacific Classic probables include the first three finishers in the San Diego Handicap last Sunday - Skimming, Futural, and Captain Steve - and Out of Mind.

"The distance is the $64,000 question," Morey said. "We had a good swing in the Midwest. All systems are go."

Budroyale continues comeback

Budroyale, fourth in the San Diego Handicap last Sunday in his first start in 14 months, will be pointed to the $250,000 Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 2, provided Tiznow, his full brother, runs elsewhere.

Trainer Ted H. West said Budroyale has emerged from the San Diego in good shape, showing no effects of the fractured shoulder that forced the layoff. The 8-year-old Budroyale finished 12 1/2 lengths behind the race winner, Skimming.

"He didn't kick it in when the running started," West said.

Eventually, West said, Budroyale may run in races at 1 1/4 miles. "I think he's more suited to that," West said. "I think a mile and a quarter is his best distance. He just hasn't won at it."

Jockeys okay after spill

Jockeys Victor Espinoza and Isaias Enriquez escaped serious injury after being involved in a two-horse spill in Wednesday's third race at Del Mar.

Espinoza's mount, Peak at You, fell before the eighth pole while contending for the lead. Makin a Move, who was ridden by Enriquez, could not avoid the accident and fell over Espinoza.

Espinoza took off the rest of his mounts, complaining of a sore back. Enriquez rode the remainder of the program. Neither horse was seriously injured.

Both were booked to ride on Thursday. Espinoza rode one horse and took the rest of the day off. He will be okay to ride A P Valentine in Saturday's Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, said his agent, Tony Matos.

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