05/25/2004 12:00AM

Shoemaker fits Leroidesanimaux


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Having established himself as a top 10 rider at the current Hollywood Park meet, Jon Court will try to win his first Grade 1 in North America on Monday aboard front-runner Leroidesanimaux in the Shoemaker Mile.

Court, eighth in the Hollywood Park standings through Sunday, rode the Bobby Frankel-trained Leroidesanimaux to a course-record win May 1 in the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap - 1 1/16 miles in 1:38.45. An import from Brazil, Leroidesanimaux has a running style that befits a blazingly fast turf course.

"It seems to be pretty much a speed bias," Court said on Tuesday. "As a rule of thumb, you've got to be in contention. The course is relatively firm."

A field of eight is expected for the Shoemaker, and while Leroidesanimaux has yet to establish Grade 1 class, there is little question about his speed. The 110 Beyer Speed Figure he earned winning the Inglewood Handicap is the fastest turf Beyer this year at a mile or longer.

Barring unexpected change in strategy among the other runners, Leroidesanimaux could be loose up front. Perhaps the only Shoemaker entrant who could pester Leroidesanimaux is Tsigane, who trainer Julio Canani said will add blinkers "to make him wake up a little bit."

In addition to Leroidesanimaux and Tsigane, the expected Shoemaker starters include Sweet Return, Singletary, Designed for Luck, King of Happiness, Just Wonder, and Dell Place.

Singletary to rest after Shoemaker

Win or lose in the Shoemaker Mile, Singletary will be finished for the summer. The 4-year-old colt established himself as one of the leading turf milers in California by finishing second in the Grade 2 Frank Kilroe followed by a win in the Grade 2 San Francisco Mile. The Shoemaker is the final stop, for now.

"We've been pointing him to this race since last summer," trainer Don Chatlos said. "He won't run back until Oak Tree."

Singletary has won five races and $442,132 in 13 starts, and is staying on course for the races Chatlos targeted. "Our two objectives this year are the Shoemaker Mile, and the Breeders' Cup Mile," Chatlos said.

Singletary worked five furlongs Tuesday in 1:01.80 under Jose Validivia.

Meanwhile, the Chatlos-trained Last Minute Detail resumed galloping Tuesday after emerging sick from the April 10 Bay Shore at Aqueduct.

Add Intercontinental to Gamely

The Grade 1 Gamely Handicap on Monday suddenly got tougher. In addition to favorite Megahertz, Frankel plans to supplement Intercontinental to the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Intercontinental will be racing beyond a 1 1/16 miles for the first time, but considering the ground she lost while winning at Keeneland last time - she won a Grade 3 by a length while at least five wide throughout - the additional sixteenth should be no problem.

Frankel said Intercontinental will ship Friday from Belmont to California, and will be ridden by Pat Valenzuela in the Gamely. Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Intercontinental was produced by the same dam that produced Grade 1 winners Banks Hill and Heat Haze. Intercontinental has won both her U.S. starts for Frankel, and is 6 for 11 overall. Frankel has won the $350,000-added Gamely six times since 1990, and will be favored again Monday with Megahertz, who worked six furlongs Tuesday at Hollywood in 1:14.80.

Intercontinental requires a $7,000 payment ($5,000 supplemental fee, and $2,000 nomination fee) Wednesday, after which she will receive a weight assignment. A small field is taking shape for the Gamely. In addition to Intercontinental and the 122-pound co-highweight Megahertz, the field includes Dimitrova (122), Noches De Rosa (115), and possibly Quero Quero (115). Katdogawn will run in Texas.

Hosco runs for a streaking O'Neill

Hosco started the spring-summer meet at Hollywood Park in typical fashion - he got sick and scratched from the opening-day Harry Henson. It could have been a tipoff for trainer Doug O'Neill, who won with his first Hollywood starter before going into a 1-for-37 tailspin.

"When you have a lot of starts, you're going to have dips and peaks, and we started out on a dip," O'Neill said.

The drought eventually ended, and through Sunday, O'Neill had won with 10 of his last 34 starters. Hosco can add to the stable's momentum when he returns Saturday in the Grade 2 Lazaro Barrera Stakes at seven furlongs.

"He had a week off where he didn't do much, but he's back doing well now and we know he can sprint with the good ones," O'Neill said.

True enough. Hosco won 3 of his first 4 starts - all sprints - including a Grade 3, while finishing second in Grade 2. Two subsequent starts around two turns were off-the-board finishes, but O'Neill expects Hosco to return to top form Saturday. O'Neill also will start Skipaslew, who won two route stakes in northern California before falling off the Kentucky Derby trail with a 15-length loss in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby.

"We're hoping to win, but it's more of a comeback," O'Neill said regarding Skipaslew, who probably will stretch out to two turns for his next start.

The Barrera field is expected to include Siphonizer, whose 104 Beyer in his April 24 comeback at Churchill Downs is tops in the field. Siphonizer worked a half-mile Tuesday at Santa Anita in 49 seconds. Other likely starters include Don'tsellmeshort, Hosco, Siphonizer, Skipaslew, Twice As Bad and Wimplestiltskin.

Don'tsellmeshort is Canada-bound

Don'tsellmeshort proved he can run a 1 1/8 miles with a degree of success by finishing second in the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes, and from now on the 3-year-old California-bred has the $250,000 British Columbia Derby for 3-year-olds at Hastings Park on Sept. 26 as his goal. Owner Cecil Peacock has designs on an autumn-season race for Don'tsellmeshort near his residence in British Columbia.

"He proved he's more than just a sprinter," trainer Dan Hendricks said. "I'd have to say he's the early favorite [for the British Columbia Derby]."

Don'tsellmeshort worked five furlongs Monday at Hollywood Park in 58.20, fastest drill of the morning, and Hendricks said the colt "just dragged" the exercise rider around. Don'tsellmeshort will cut back to seven furlongs for the Barrera.