02/04/2009 12:00AM

Saratoga Sinner sidelined


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - The thrill of victory turned into the agony of losing a Kentucky Derby candidate for trainer Eddie Kenneally after it was discovered that Saratoga Sinner, winner of Saturday's Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes, had suffered a chip in his left knee that will require surgery.

"He wasn't off at all after the race, but he did have some filling in his left knee the next day," Kenneally said. "So we took an X-ray and found a small chip. He'll leave for Kentucky this weekend to have surgery, and hopefully, if all goes well, he'll be back for a late summer and fall campaign."

Saratoga Sinner, a son of Harlan's Holiday, was still a maiden one month ago but quickly thrust himself into the Derby picture after

winning a maiden race going 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 7 and then upsetting the Holy Bull at the same distance just 24 days later. The 96 Beyer Speed Figure he earned for the Holy Bull was a 23-point improvement over his previous best, earned on graduation day.

"He was a horse who improved dramatically in a short time, but one we've liked here at the barn for a long time," said Kenneally, who trains Saratoga Sinner for the Lally Stable. "He always acted and behaved like a good horse, and recently he showed it on the track as well. The prognosis for his recovery is good. Just the timing is bad. Hopefully, he'll come back to us 100 percent because he's certainly worth waiting for."

Danger to Society transferred to Dutrow

Another son of Harlan's Holiday, Danger to Society, also made news earlier this week after finishing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in the Holy Bull.

On Monday, Danger to Society, who entered the Holy Bull undefeated in two starts, was transferred from trainer Ken McPeek's barn to trainer Rick Dutrow. Danger to Society is owned by Lansdon Robbins and Samuel P. Delaney.

"It certainly wasn't anything I was expecting, but I train horses for the owner and I'm very happy to have him here," Dutrow said Wednesday while nodding down the shedrow and confirming Danger to Society was now under his care. "I don't know the horse that well to tell you why he ran so poorly in the Holy Bull. I've got to train him a few days to see how things stand. But I'm going to take my time with him. I'm certainly not looking to rushing and gathering him up to get him right back into another race."

The addition of Danger to Society gives Dutrow four legitimate candidates for the big dance this spring after needing just one bullet to win the 2008 Derby with Big Brown, The others are This Ones for Phil, Alma d'Oro, and Patena.

At the moment, Dutrow is pointing This Ones for Phil for the one-mile Fountain of Youth on Feb. 28. This Ones for Phil's victory in the Sunshine Millions Dash earned him a 117 Beyer. Dutrow is targeting the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby for Patena on March 14, while hoping to find a two-turn allowance race here for impressive maiden winner Alma d'Oro.

Patena, purchased shortly after his second-place finish in the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds early last month, had his first work for Dutrow on Sunday, going a slow half-mile in 52 seconds.

"We did some hind end work on him after his work, basic stuff, and he'll breeze again in about 10 days," Dutrow said. "The Louisiana is a good fit for him, because he loves that track. I'm a horse-for-a-course guy, and the timing is perfect. I think he'll run big in that race, and it's all he should need to be ready for the Derby."

Dutrow said he plans to work Alma d'Oro this weekend and then will look for an entry-level allowance race at 1 1/8 miles as a prep for the Florida Derby.

Castellano takes off Wednesday mounts

Jockey Javier Castellano took off all his mounts on Wednesday's card due to the lingering effects from the nasty spill he took here Saturday. Castellano was listed to ride eight of the nine races on the program.

Castellano went down hard after his mount in Saturday's third race, first-time starter Presto Change O, appeared to clip heels approaching the turn. Castellano went to the hospital where X-rays were negative, and he returned to honor his last four calls on Sunday, including the favored Callwood Dancer in the Grade 3 Suwannee River Stakes and Red Rocks in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

"He's pretty body sore," Castellano's agent, Mike Kelly, said Wednesday. "He felt a little better on Sunday, but after a couple of days off he stiffened up pretty good. He just didn't feel like it was fair to the people he was riding for to go out there today if he wasn't 100 percent. It was the prudent thing to do to take off and see how he feels on Thursday."

* Veteran rider Joe Bravo has enlisted the services of former jockey Danny Nied Jr. to handle his engagements here for the remainder of the meet.