02/15/2012 4:41PM

Santa Anita: Frumious injured, will miss planned trip to Dubai

Shigeki Kikkawa
Frumious, winner of the Palos Verdes Stakes, has been sidelined by injury.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Frumious, winner of the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes last month, will miss an intended start in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint on March 31 in Dubai after suffering a recent injury, trainer Jeff Bonde said.

The injury was detected after Frumious worked a half-mile in 46.80 seconds at Hollywood Park on Feb. 2, Bonde said. He did not elaborate on the nature of the injury, other than to say that the 6-year-old gelding “aggravated himself.”

“He’ll take a little break,” Bonde said.”I think he’ll be off for 60 days. We won’t see him until later this year.”

Owned by George and Mary Clare Schmitt, Frumious has won 6 of 15 starts and $259,192. The Palos Verdes was the first stakes win and third consecutive victory for the ex-claimer. The Dubai trip was mentioned in the days after the win in the Palos Verdes.

“We had our mind set on that race, and now we’ll wait,” Bonde said.

The Bonde stable has a leading contender in Monday’s $150,000 Buena Vista Handicap with Cambina, a 4-year-old filly who won the Grade 1 American Oaks last summer. Owned by a partnership that includes the Schmitts, Cambina has not started since an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs last November.

In the Filly and Mare Turf, Cambina finished 2 3/4 lengths behind Perfect Shirl as a 36-1 outsider.

“That was a tough field of horses,” Bonde said. “She had a little bit of trouble there. It was a long year.”

Cambina is the 120-pound topweight for the Grade 2 Buena Vista, which is run over a mile on turf.

The Buena Vista will be her first start at a mile since a third in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes at Hollywood Park last May, although she won the China Doll Stakes over a mile on turf here last March.

“She should run well,” Bonde said. “I hope we can get a good start to the season.”

Cecil has trio for Buena Vista Handicap

Trainer Ben Cecil will have three runners in the Buena Vista – the stakes winners Andina and Strawberrydaiquiri and the stakes-placed So Belle. Other probable starters are Briecat, Calle Vista, City to City, and Up In Time.

The Buena Vista field marks the U.S. debut of Strawberrydaiquiri, winner of the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at the 2010 Royal Ascot meeting and the third-place finisher in the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket, England, last September. Strawberrydaiquiri has been with Cecil’s stable since late fall.

Cecil has runners in all three graded stakes this weekend. In Saturday’s $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles, he starts Miss Mittagong, who was second in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap on Hollywood Park’s synthetic track on Dec. 4 and third in the Grade 2 Robert Frankel Stakes on turf here Jan. 1.

The Grade 2 Santa Maria, which drew a field of seven, will be Miss Mittagong’s first start on a dirt track in her 17th career start.

“It’s what she’s bred to do,” Cecil said.

Miss Mittagong is by Pleasantly Perfect out of the California-bred mare Go Go, a multiple graded stakes winner on dirt for the late trainer Warren Stute in the early 2000s.

Ellafitz, winner of the Bayakoa, and Vision in Gold, winner of the 2011 Santa Maria, lead the Santa Maria field.

On Sunday, Cecil starts Captain Obvious in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs. Imported from Ireland last fall, Captain Obvious was fourth in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park in November, his U.S. debut.

The San Vicente Stakes field is led by Creative Cause, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November.