04/07/2012 1:10PM

Santa Anita: Home Sweet Aspen headed to Keeneland for Madison Stakes

Shigeki Kikkawa
Home Sweet Aspen will make her next start in Thursday's Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Home Sweet Aspen, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Stakes here in January, will make her next start in the $300,000 Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland on Thursday.

On Friday, Home Sweet Aspen worked six furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:13.40. Trainer John Sadler timed her in 1:13, including a last three furlongs in 36.40 seconds.

Sadler said Home Sweet Aspen is “better on a synthetic track.” Keeneland has a Polytrack synthetic surface. In two starts on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface last summer, Home Sweet Aspen was first and second in optional claimers.

Owned by Jenny Craig, Home Sweet Aspen, has won 4 of 10 starts and $357,822. The 4-year-old filly was fifth in the Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11, her most recent start.

The Grade 1 Madison is run over seven furlongs for fillies and mares.

Pathfork retired from racing

Sadler said that Pathfork, winner of two group stakes in Ireland in 2010 but winless in two starts in California this year, has been retired.

A 4-year-old by Distorted Humor, Pathfork has been sent to Kentucky and is expected to go to stud in South Africa this year, Sadler said. Owned by Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton’s Silverton Hill Farm, Pathfork won 3 of 6 starts.

Pathfork was at his best in 2010, winning the Group 2 Futurity Stakes and the Group 1 National Stakes in Ireland. In his only start of 2011, Pathfork was seventh behind Frankel in the English 2000 Guineas.

In California, Pathfork finished sixth in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes in February and sixth in an allowance race in early March before the decision was made to send him to stud.

Sutherland hires Ball as agent

Jockey Chantal Sutherland has hired Tommy Ball as her agent, replacing Brian Beach, she said Friday.

The arrangement began Thursday, Sutherland said. Through Friday, Sutherland has 10 wins this year, including Game On Dude in the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes in early February.

“It’s hard to make a change,” she said. “I still want to win.”

Unzip Me tops Las Cinegas Handicap

There are two weeks remaining at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, a span that includes four graded stakes, all on turf. The meeting ends April 22.

There is one such race next weekend, Saturday’s $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for fillies and mares over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.

Unzip Me, a 10-time stakes winner, is among the nine nominees and is expected to be a heavy favorite in the race over about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course. Trained by Marty Jones, Unzip Me has not started since winning the Wishing Well Stakes on the hillside turf course Jan. 29.

On March 17, Unzip Me was entered in the Irish O’Brien Stakes on the hillside turf course, but was scratched when the race was moved to the main track because of wet weather. A 6-year-old mare, Unzip Me won the 2010 Las Cienegas Handicap and was second in the 2011 running.