Updated on 09/16/2011 9:25AM

Siberland's fever means no BC


ARCADIA, Calif. - Siberland, one of the top 2-year-olds in California this summer, will miss the Breeders' Cup and the California Cup because of a recent illness.

The winner of the I'm Smokin Stakes for statebreds by 6 1/2 lengths at Del Mar on Sept. 9, Siberland was being considered for two stakes last weekend at Santa Anita but is now likely to be out until late fall or early winter, trainer Kevin Lewis said.

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile is Oct. 26 at Arlington Park. The $125,000 California Cup Juvenile is a week later at Santa Anita.

"He didn't get sick at Del Mar, but once I got him to Santa Anita I worked him once and he had a temperature," Lewis said. "He's good now."

Owned by Dennis Weir, Siberland is currently based at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, where Lewis has a 26-horse stable. Lewis said that Siberland would be relocated to Santa Anita when the horse is closer to a start, which could come in the California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita in late December.

"I'm going to wait until at least November," Lewis said. "We think we may have a good 3-year-old."

Baffert's plans for Juvenile

Trainer Bob Baffert is regrouping his 2-year-old males in advance of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

On Sunday, Baffert said that Vindication, the winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park on Sept. 14, along with Kafwain and Bull Market, the first two finishers in the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday will be pointed for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Plans for Truckle Feature, who finished third in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Saturday, and Icecoldbeeratreds, who was second in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, are uncertain.

Baffert reported that Truckle Feature lost a shoe at the start of the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity. Icecoldbeeratreds is a California-bred who could appear in the California Cup Juvenile, Baffert said.

"They're coming home, and we'll assess everything," he said. "We've got a couple of weeks to figure it out."

Further tests on Siphonic

Siphonic died of a heart attack when he collapsed in the receiving barn following a second-place finish in an allowance race on Oct. 2, according to state veterinarian B. William Bell.

Bell said that further testing on heart and lung tissue would be conducted at UC-Davis.

"We can check for major damage to the heart or abnormality in the lungs," he said. "Basically, the preliminary indication is he had a heart attack."

Siphonic, one of the top 2-year-olds of 2001, won 3 of 7 starts and $774,778 for Amerman Racing and trainer David Hofmans.

Ex-claimers run one, two

Two ex-claimers, Excessive Barb and Unfurl the Flag, earned trips to the California Cup Juvenile following a 1-2 finish in Friday's $81,900 Cavonnier Stakes.

Excessive Barb ($7.60) ran seven furlongs in 1:22.97, closing from fifth to beat Unfurl the Flag by a length. Crackup, the 2-1 favorite, finished third in the field of eight statebreds.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into a bumping incident between Excessive Barb and Unfurl the Flag but did not alter the order of finish.

The two horses were both claimed at Del Mar. Excessive Barb was bought for $62,500 on Aug. 14 by Rubin Brown and finished third in the I'm Smokin Stakes in early September. "He's done nothing yet to disappoint me," said his trainer, Craig Lewis.

Unfurl the Flag was claimed for $40,000 from a maiden race on Aug. 2 and was making his first start for trainer David Bernstein in the Cavonnier Stakes.

Inesperado tops Oak Tree Derby

Inesperado, the winner of the Del Mar Derby, heads the contenders for the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby on Sunday.

Trained by Bobby Frankel for Charles Kenis, Inesperado has won 7 of 12 starts and $428,322. Earlier this summer, he won the Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park and the La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.

Run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, the Oak Tree Derby is a prep for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Dec. 1.

Corey Nakatani will ride Inesperado. The other contenders include Captain Squire, Dream Machine, Mountain Rage, Rock Opera, and Worth Light.

In Saturday's $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap, Nanogram, the runner-up in 2001, will make her first start for trainer Darrell Vienna. The 5-year-old Nanogram has not started since February and is winless in her last nine starts.

She will face a modest field featuring Brocky's Dream, Gabriellina Giof, Palace Royal, and Top of Our Game.

There are six days of racing this week, and the feature race on Monday is the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Handicap for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf. Atarama, Crousille, Dancing, Got Koko, Ombre Legere, Pina Colada, Ristra, and Super High are probable.

Nakatani suspended for three days

The stewards suspended Nakatani for three days for failing to maintain a straight course in the first race on Saturday. Nakatani's mount, American Day, won the six-furlong allowance race by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths but was ruled to have fouled Ex Federali in the final furlong.

Ex Federali was second at the time of the incident, but faded to finish a non-threatening third.

"In our judgment, it cost him second money," steward Pete Pedersen said. "He definitely took his path."

Nakatani's suspension runs from Friday through Sunday.

* Alex Solis will miss Wednesday's program after his five-day suspension from last week was extended a day. Jockeys are allowed to ride one stakes a day during most suspensions; Solis rode two major stakes on Saturday's program. Solis received the suspension for a riding infraction at Del Mar on Sept. 11.

War Emblem gets wake-up call

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem remained on schedule for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic with a seven-furlong workout in 1:24 on Saturday. "I needed to wake him up a little bit," Baffert said.

War Emblem will stay at Santa Anita until just days before the Breeders' Cup. Most BC hopefuls based in Southern California are staying at home until four or five days before the event.