03/03/2005 1:00AM

Sale sends Miss Loren to Mandella


ARCADIA, Calif. - Miss Loren, the winner of the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita on Feb. 13, has been purchased privately by Ernie Moody's Mercedes Stable and transferred to trainer Richard Mandella.

The deal was completed earlier this week, and Miss Loren joined Mandella's stable on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Previously owned by Llers Corp. and trained by Luis Seglin, Miss Loren, 7, has won 13 of 45 starts for $616,260. A Group 1 winner in Argentina in 2003, Miss Loren has won 3 of 9 starts in this country, including the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar last August and the Paseana Handicap here in January.

Mandella said that Miss Loren is a candidate for the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on March 12, and that a decision will be made after she has a breeze in coming days.

"That's what we're aiming for," he said. "I'll breeze her and see how it goes. The intention would be to go."

The Santa Margarita is expected to draw a strong field, including Good Student, who was second to Miss Loren in the Santa Maria, and A.P. Adventure, who has placed in two stakes for 4-year-old fillies at this meeting.

Delahoussaye to get proper send-off

Saturday's 11-race program is not just about quality racing.

After the fifth race, a ceremony will be held in the winner's circle honoring retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.

Delahoussaye, who retired in early 2003 after suffering neck injuries at Del Mar the preceding summer, had turned down previous offers for a retirement ceremony. But he agreed to participate in a ceremony on Saturday, largely at the request of fellow Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron.

The presentation will include a video tribute and speeches by Delahoussaye, California state Sen. Bob Margett, and Arcadia Mayor Gary Kovacic.

The first 15,000 fans ontrack will receive a 28-page commemorative magazine that highlights Delahoussaye's career.

Sweet Catomine drills six furlongs

Sweet Catomine, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2004, continued her preparation for the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks with a six-furlong workout in 1:12.80 after the first race on Thursday.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Sweet Catomine worked through fractions of 24.40 and 48.40 seconds. Owned by Marty and Pam Wygod and trained by Julio Canani, Sweet Catomine has made one start this year, winning the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes in January. She will attempt to win her fifth consecutive stakes in the Santa Anita Oaks on March 13.

Stakes winners dodge rain to work out

Three other stakes winners worked after the first race on Thursday - Red Warrior, Tsigane, and Uncle Denny. There was limited training at Santa Anita on Thursday morning because of light rain.

Red Warrior, the upset winner of the Sunshine Millions Sprint in late January, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60. Trained by Juan Garcia, he is a candidate for the $100,000 Crystal Water Handicap for California-breds at a mile on turf on March 12.

Tsigane, who won the 2004 Daytona Handicap, worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 under jockey Martin Pedroza. Trained by Canani, Tsigane is being pointed for the $2 million Dubai Duty Free on March 26.

The fastest workout of the session came from Uncle Denny, the winner of the open division of the California Breeders' Champion Stakes for statebreds at seven furlongs on Dec. 26. Uncle Denny zipped six furlongs in 1:09.60, setting fractions of 22.60 and 45.60.

Trained by Rafael Becerra, Uncle Denny, 3, is being pointed to the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows on March 12 or the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes here on March 19, both at 1 1/16 miles.