05/21/2006 11:00PM

Shoemaker biggest U.S. test for Silent Name

Silent Name, winning the Arcadia, eyes his first Grade 1 in the Shoemaker.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Silent Name's victory in the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita last month was the most important victory in his 12-race career. That may only be temporary, however, pending the results of Monday's Grade 1, $300,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park.

The Shoemaker will provide a better indication of whether Silent Name belongs in the upper echelon of the nation's turf milers and is one to follow in the preps for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs in November.

In the Shoemaker, Silent Name faces a field of probable starters that includes three major stakes winners this year - Kilroe Mile winner Milk It Mick, San Francisco Mile winner Charmo, and Inglewood Handicap winner Willow O Wisp - as well as Aragorn, Chinese Dragon, Diamond Green, and Terroplane.

So far, Silent Name's campaign has gone as planned. Trainer Gary Mandella has targeted the Shoemaker since the Arcadia victory. He said he would like to give Silent Name most of the summer off and return in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap as a prep to the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"He ran big that day," Mandella said of the Arcadia. "We know he likes Santa Anita. Hopefully he runs well here. In his next start, we'll know whether he likes Del Mar. Hopefully, we'll have to find out if he likes Churchill Downs."

Mandella said he considers a light campaign to be a plus for Silent Name.

"Giving him the winter off and running him at Santa Anita may be why he ran so well," he said.

Silent Name is already a horse of the world, of sorts. A Japanese-bred by 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence, Silent Name began his career in France before moving to California last winter. In France, he won two minor stakes and was fourth, beaten a length, in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret last October.

His win in the Arcadia attracted the attention of prominent owner-breeder Frank Stronach. Earlier this month, Stronach bought an ownership share of Silent Name from owner-breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. Stronach will control breeding rights at the end of Silent Name's career, Mandella said.

Silent Name, 4, worked six furlongs on the main track Sunday in 1:13.80.

Silent Name was scheduled to work on turf, but worked on the main track after Mandella feared that rain would lead to the cancellation of turf works.

"The main track was good and it worked out fine," Mandella said. "I've only worked him on the turf once."

Film Maker leads Gamely field

Also on Monday, the Grade 1, $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes for fillies and mares will have a strong field. The probable starters are Argentina, Dalicia, Eternal Melody, Film Maker, Memorette, Sharp Lisa, and Tanta Suerte.

The Gamely is run at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The lone shipper is expected to be Film Maker, who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Belmont Park last fall. She has not started since winning the La Prevoyante Handicap at Calder last December.

Trained in Maryland by Graham Motion, Film Maker was considered for Saturday's Sheepshead Bay Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Belmont Park. Motion said he prefers the distance of the Gamely.

"I didn't feel it was fair to start her off at 1 3/8 miles," he said. "I think this will be the shortest race she runs this year."

First Hollywood win for Wohlers

Trainer Laura Wohlers had her first winner at Hollywood Park when Wisely ($12.40) won a maiden claimer on Saturday.

"I'll probably be at 100 percent [winners] for the next few hours," she said after Wisely's win. Alas, Wohlers's average dropped to only 50 percent after the longshot Potential finished 12th in the seventh race.

Wisely, a 3-year-old, was claimed for $25,000 by Lewis Cenicola. He was the rare 3-year-old in Wohlers's 28-horse stable at San Luis Rey Downs, which primarily consists of 2-year-olds.

Wohlers is the sister-in-law of prominent owner Jim McIngvale. Along with her husband, Kelly, Wohlers previously trained in Texas and Kentucky. They recently relocated to California to begin training for McIngvale. It is yet another change in trainers for McIngvale, who in the last few years has had several trainers in California, including Nick Hines, Peter Miller, and Tom Roberts.

"We'll base here, and we like the weather here," Wohlers said. "We have a few bullets in the barn."

Wohlers said that most of the 2-year-olds will be ready later in the year, with a few starters expected before the conclusion of this meeting in July. She nominated Longhorn, a colt by Doneraile Court, as one to follow.

Pedroza suspended three days

Jockey Martin Pedroza was given a three-day suspension for his actions following the second race Friday.

Pedroza won the race on favored Quasimodo, but was cited "for unprofessional conduct" while the field galloped out. During the race, Pedroza was in tight quarters on the first turn, racing in company with eventual third-place finisher Stormin Away, who was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela.

After the race, Pedroza rode Quasimodo in front of Stormin Away and then slowed, forcing Valenzuela to alter course, according to track stewards.

The suspension begins Saturday and continues through Monday.

Devons Success vanned off after win

There were strange scenes in the winner's circle after Sunday's seventh race.

Jockey Corey Nakatani dismounted from race winner Devons Success before he got back to the winner's circle. The saddle was taken off and the horse was walked about 100 yards to the winner's circle for a photo. After that, Devons Success was loaded on the horse ambulance and vanned to the backstretch.

The stewards reported that Devons Success was "off in the left front."

"He was vanned off as a precaution," said steward Scott Chaney.

Devons Success has won three of his six starts.