Updated on 09/15/2011 2:13PM

Santa Anita notebook: Lazy Slusan likely done racing


ARCADIA, Calif. - The racing career of Lazy Slusan, who won two Grade 1 races this year, appears to be over.

On Friday, owner-trainer John Dolan said he was leaning toward not pre-entering Lazy Slusan on Monday for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 27. Regardless of whether she runs in that race, she is scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale on Nov. 5.

On Oct. 7, Lazy Slusan finished ninth of 10 in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland, a key prep to the Breeders' Cup Distaff. "She threw in a clunker," Dolan said.

Lazy Slusan won the Santa Margarita and Milady handicaps, both Grade 1's, in Southern California earlier this year. During the summer, she was rated among the top fillies and mares in the nation. But the Spinster was her third consecutive defeat, and her worst performance of the year.

To enter the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Dolan would have to pay $40,000 in pre-entry and entry fees. He figures running her in the Distaff would cost another $10,000 in expenses.

"I'm debating whether to put the money up," Dolan said. "It's a little scary. I don't know what to do. For me that's a lot of money to gamble. I am on the conservative side."

Since the Spinster, Lazy Slusan has been based at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky and has not been in training. Since being claimed by Dolan for $62,500 at Del Mar in July 2000, Lazy Slusan has won seven stakes. Overall, she's won 12 of 47 starts and $1,150,410.

"I'm happy," Dolan said. "It's been a fun ride."

Dr. Park out for year

Dr. Park, who has won two stakes this year, recently underwent knee surgery to remove a bone chip and is out of training until next year, trainer John Sadler said.

Dr. Park was preparing for Saturday's Oak Tree Derby when Sadler detected the chip after a workout last Sunday.

"The chip was very minor, but I wanted to save him for next year," Sadler said. "I wasn't happy with the way he worked."

Owned by CRK Stables, Dr. Park has won 4 of 8 starts, including a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar and the Will Rogers Handicap at Hollywood Park this year. Most recently, he was last of 10 in the Del Mar Derby after his saddle slipped during the race.

Walkslikeaduck to stand in Korea

Walkslikeaduck, the winner of the 2000 Del Mar Derby, has been privately sold and will be sent to South Korea for stud duty, according to trainer Paddy Gallagher.

Walkslikeaduck has not started since finishing second to Tiznow in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes in January. He has been sidelined because of a pastern injury, Gallagher said.

Walkslikeaduck recently returned to training at Santa Anita, but will not race again.

By Blushing John, Walkslikeaduck won 4 of 10 starts. He followed his victory in the Del Mar Derby with a two-length win in the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap, but was 12th in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.

He later finished a troubled fifth, promoted to fourth via disqualification, in the Hollywood Derby.

Attendance and handle up

Through Wednesday, business at the Oak Tree meeting was showing an increase over corresponding dates in 2000. The first half of last year's meeting was affected by a bus strike in the Los Angeles area.

Through Wednesday, the average ontrack attendance was 10,470, a gain of 2.7 percent. Handle figures have been higher this meet due to a rash of pick six carryovers. The average ontrack handle was $2,370,859, a gain of 13 percent, while the overall average handle was $10,084,370, a gain of 12.6 percent.

Blueprint ready for Turf

Blueprint remains on schedule for the Breeders' Cup Turf after working a mile on turf in 1:45 on Friday.

"He switched leads and finished well," trainer Bob Hess Jr. said. "He's ready on our end of it."

Hess said Blueprint, who won the San Luis Rey and Sunset handicaps this year, will train at Santa Anita until Oct. 23. A 6-year-old, Blueprint has not started since winning the Sunset at Hollywood Park in mid-July, and will be a longshot in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

"We'll hopefully sneak in and take a chunk of the race without anyone noticing us," said Hess.