03/19/2004 12:00AM

Shake You Down shoots for the moon


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Scott Lake's goal this year for Shake You Down, who will run Sunday in the $50,000 Hot Springs at Oaklawn Park, can be summed up in two words: champion sprinter. Lake has mapped out a campaign for Shake You Down that he hopes will get the horse recognized with an Eclipse Award.

"Our goal is sprinter of the year," said Lake.

An earner of $1.1 million, Shake You Down started his 6-year-old campaign on Jan. 24 with a win in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint. He earned a 113 Beyer Speed Figure, tied for the second-highest number given to a sprinter this year.

Lake's major objectives for Shake You Down are the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn on April 8; the Grade 3, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 10; the Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Oct. 2; and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.

Last year, the horse finished a troubled third in the Breeders' Cup, and overall won 7 of 13 starts and $829,160.

"I think he'll have a better season," said Lake. "He got unlucky in the two Grade 1's he ran in last year."

Shake You Down stumbled at the start of both the Breeders' Cup Sprint, which was won by Cajun Beat, and the De Francis Memorial Dash, which was won by A Huevo.

Shake You Down's wins last year included the Smile, for which he earned a career-best 121 Beyer Figure, and the Grade 2 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park, where he is scheduled to return for the Vosburgh, which has been shortened from 6 1/2 to six furlongs for 2004.

Lake claimed Shake You Down last spring on behalf of Robert Cole Jr.

"He's an awesome animal," said Lake.

Noll out for two weeks

Jockey Cindy Noll, who ranks as the all-time winningest female rider at Oaklawn, will be sidelined the next two weeks with a small fracture in her right wrist. She plans to make her comeback at her home track of Prairie Meadows, which opens on April 16.

"I think I'll just wait and return there," she said. "I'm going to go home and will spend some time with the kids."

Noll was injured when Red at the Helm, her mount in the seventh race Wednesday, stumbled leaving the gate. She was thrown over the horse's head and landed on her wrist. During the incident, the horse's bridle came off.

Noll said she will have a screw put in her wrist to help heal the fracture because of the location of the injury. She will have surgery Tuesday, and will be able to get back on horses as soon as the incision heals.

"It's not a major deal," she said. "It won't be a lot of time off."

Later this year, Noll plans to ride at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. A popular journeyman, Noll was the nation's leading female rider in 1994. She ranks 10th in the current standings at Oaklawn; John McKee leads.

Consignor offers money-back guarantee

Thoroughbred Exchange, a subsidiary of the Turf Express racing stable, is initiating a money-back guarantee on the six 2-year-olds it has consigned to the Fasig-Tipton Texas auction on Tuesday. The under-tack show is set for Sunday, and both the workouts and the sale will be held at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Thoroughbred Exchange will offer a 30-day money back guarantee on the purchase price of its horses. The move is rare in sales circles.

"I don't know if it's ever been done before," said Mark Cornett, president of Turf Express.

Cornett came up with the idea because he has long been a buyer and knows how difficult it can be to make decisions on unproven horses like yearlings and 2-year-olds.

"I want to put my company in a position where I can take away a buyer's unwillingness to buy in the sale," he said. "I'm confident in the horses and the way they trained up to the sale."

Thoroughbred Exchange is offering 2-year-olds by Wild Rush, Woodman, Yankee Victor, Smoke Glacken, Old Trieste, and Devil's Bag.

Fasig-Tipton Texas has cataloged 311 horses to its annual 2-year-olds in training sale. Among the freshman sires represented are Golden Missile, High Yield, and Stephen Got Even. Other stallions represented include Forest Wildcat, Grand Slam, Holy Bull, Tale of the Cat, and Valid Expectations.

Kiss a Native brings $43,500

During a paddock sale at Evangeline Downs last Sunday, millionaire Kiss a Native was purchased for $43,500 by Carrol Castille. The gelding was one of 95 horses in the sale from the estate of John Franks.

The sale-topper was from the Franks consignment. Notonetoquit, a winning 3-year-old, brought $70,000 from Dustin Vaughn of L&D Farm.

- Beau's Town, one of the nation's top sprinters last year, will make his 2004 debut in the Count Fleet, said his owner, Dave Hulkewicz. Beau's Town has been working at Oaklawn for trainer Cole Norman.

- Jockey Roger Gomez has the mount on Foxtrot Oscar in the $1 million Arkansas Derby, said the colt's trainer, Bill Welch. Foxtrot Oscar, a South Carolina-bred by Sticks and Bricks, last won the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. He will run in the eighth race at Oaklawn on Sunday.